Corporate & Foundation Relations

The Corporate and Foundations Relations team facilitates the development of mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships that result in access to WWU resources by corporate and foundation partners, and increased support for WWU students, faculty and programs.

WWU consistently ranks among the nation's top regional public universities evaluated annually by U.S. News & World Report. Western students and faculty are innovators and critical thinkers who use interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems. Western’s CFR team serves as a concierge to help current and potential corporate and foundation partners connect to our remarkable faculty, students, and programs. We provide guidance and connections to help you successfully navigate WWU. 

Industry Partnerships

Industry-academic partnerships are not one-size-fits-all. Western’s CFR team is here to help you connect on campus in all the ways that will help you meet your business and recruitment objectives.

Support Faculty, Students and Facilities

A gift to WWU is an investment in the future. Private support is critical to turning out top professionals and pursuing transformative research. Impact the future of your industry and your workforce through a meaningful gift today.

Work With Faculty and Students

Learn about the research expertise of faculty and how to sponsor a custom project for your company. 

Join an Affiliates Program

Affiliates programs encourage collaboration between academia and industry by fostering connections across research disciplines and opening doors for industry partners to access our highly-specialized resources.

Learn More about WWU Resources and Research Capabilities

Arrange a campus visit through Corporate & Foundation Relations to learn about Western’s research facilities, centers and institutes; instrumentation labs and faculty expertise including:

 

Provide Continuing Education for Employees

Western provides opportunities for your employees to expand their knowledge and skills through programs such as the “weekend MBA” in Everett, WA, and the CISS program (available at different locations in the Puget Sound region.) WWU’s Extended Education Programs provide educational access throughout the Puget Sound and the Central Salish Sea regions and online.

Recruitment and Internships

We work closely with the Career Services Center to help companies customize recruitment plans, and make meaningful connections to future job and internship candidates.

  • Diversify and revitalize your recruitment pipeline by connecting with Western’s innovative, thoughtful, and creative students.
  • ​​Contact Career Services to learn more, and begin posting internships and jobs today.
  • Employer Services at Western
  • Increase your visibility on campus and enhance your recruiting efforts through the Employer Partnership Program. This program offers increased visibility and perks for our Employer Partners in recognition of their contributions. For more information, contact Jenny Spurgin at Jenny.Spurgin@wwu.edu.
     

Program-Specific Internships (WWU Colleges and Departments)

Practical experience is a critical part of a Western Washington University education, and as a result many programs require students to gain experience through internships. Examples of such colleges and programs can be found below. For additional information, contact CFR, or the related college or program.

Manca Valum

Manca Valum
Senior Director of Advancement for Strategic Initiatives
Senior Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations
E: Manca.Valum@wwu.edu
P: 360.650.6542
C: 360.319.0713

Christa Countryman

Christa Countryman
Manager of Corporate Partnerships
Western Washington University—Seattle Office
E: Christa.Countryman@wwu.edu
P: 360.650.6302
C: 206.948.6821

Emily Weiner

Emily Weiner

Manager of Foundation Partnerships
E: Emily.Weiner@wwu.edu
P: 360.650.2273