Internships & Fellowships


At Whittier College, education goes beyond the confines of campus. Here, we know that classroom learning needs to be practically applied both for career training as well as civic involvement, and so getting out into the community is crucial for intellectual and character growth.

Whittier's location in Southern California, close to Los Angeles and Orange County, gives students internship opportunities that will help them gain crucial business training and experience valuable for their post-Whittier lives. Industries ranging from entertainment to finance, aerospace to bioengineering, and more all call Southern California home.

Civic involvement is immensely important at Whittier College as well. Our Center for Engagement with Communities, brings together faculty, students, and staff from all sectors of the College to partner with non-profit organizations and local government in Whittier and the neighboring communities.

Learn more about the internship process at the Center for Career Planning & Internships. And to locate volunteer opportunities in and around Whittier College, please visit the Center for Engagement with Communities.


Student artThe Fifth Year Art Fellowship is awarded to recent, truly outstanding Whittier College studio art graduates who intend to pursue a Master of Fine Art degree. During the 1-year program, students will have access to Wardman Gym and its facilities as they produce a formally and conceptually coherent body of work for their graduate school applications. Though students will be granted a substantial amount of freedom in their explorations, they will have several formal critiques with studio faculty throughout the year, and faculty will be available should students need guidance with specific tasks. Additionally, fellows will participate as critics in senior critiques. At the end of the fellowship, students will be expected to mount an exhibition of their work and to submit an artist statement and a complete graduate school portfolio. To be eligible for the fellowship, it is recommended that students graduate with a 3.5 GPA in the Art major and that they be nominated by the Art and Art History faculty.

Whittier’s Director of Fellowships along with faculty and staff advisors is committed to helping students launch their search for internal, national, and international fellowships that fit their intellectual, professional, and personal goals.

Each year, students compete for and win impressive scholarship and fellowship awards. To date, Whittier College has had four Rhodes Scholars, two Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows, several Fulbright awardees, and a number of finalists for prestigious national and international opportunities.

Winning a fellowship, scholarship, or grant not only adds prestige to a student’s resume, but it also provides financial support during college or post-graduate studies.

To find fellowships that match your interests, please visit the Fellowships website.