Hands-On Learning in Philosophy


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. Merrill Lynch and First Heritage BankSony Pictures and New Line CinemaEMI Music Publishing, the J. Paul Getty MuseumA.B.S. Designs by Allen Schwartz, Southern California Edison, and Valvoline are just some of the places that our students have interned. Whittier students often travel further afield as they gain invaluable work experience, whether interning at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., the United Nations in Geneva, or the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

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 Weingart Center For Career And Professional Development. And to locate volunteer opportunities in and around Whittier College, please visit the Center for Engagement with Communities.


Each year, Whittier students compete for and win scholarship and fellowship awards that help them attain financial support to actualize their college and post-college plans – whether those plans involve graduate school, international research, public service, or other career aspirations.

Whittier graduates have earned Rhodes Scholarships, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships, and several have become Fulbright awardees.

The Fellowships office is committed to helping student launch their search for internal, national, and international fellowships that meet their intellectual, professional, and personal goals. 

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