Published on: April 12th, 2024

WHIP-Alumni Mentor Program, Closing Event- Spring 2024

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Last week, the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP) wrapped up its WHIP-Alumni Mentor Program with the final closing event on Friday evening.

In fall 2022, the WHIP-Alumni Mentor Program was established to better integrate the WHIP undergraduates with DC-based Hillsdale alumni to connect the students with professionals who have similar career interests and to provide a more customized professional development experience for the students. This spring marks the fourth successful semester of the mentor program.

Over the course of their semester in DC, students meet with their mentors at least three times, including an introductory breakfast and a special closing event hosted by the Hillsdale in D.C. The pairs discuss professional topics ranging from resumes and cover letters, to the job application process, and life after college. Many students also have the chance to visit their mentor’s offices and attend networking events around the city with them.  

The program has been successful both professionally and personally; alumni have the opportunity to give back to their alma mater, and students can learn from those who have gone before them who are already acclimated in the professional world.

Most students and alumni have continued to maintain their relationships beyond the WHIP semester too. If you’re an alumnus of Hillsdale, especially if you participated in WHIP, consider joining the program to provide guidance and support to the next generation of WHIP students!

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit