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Internships

An internship is an ideal way for a Clemson student to gain entry-level job experience and training, and build relationships necessary to better prepare for a career path. Whether within the U.S. or in another country, an internship is an opportunity for hands-on education and networking within top companies and organizations and creates a means for a student to determine if his chosen field is the best fit for his future career. It is never too early to do an internship and students should consider doing more than one.

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from internships. Employers who hire interns are able to gain top talent and groom potential employees while providing them a hands-on, true-to-life working experience.

CBBS currently offers domestic and international internships to CBBS students.
These internships can be categorized in one of three ways:

  • An internship completed solely for the purpose of gaining practical experience in a chosen field which can be documented on a resume.
  • An internship completed for academic credit as governed by the guidelines of the department issuing credit hours. Find your internship faculty advisor here.
  • An internship for zero credit hours as documented on a student’s transcript through the Michelin Career Center.

For Students

Internships offer students the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in a practical workplace setting. These work opportunities provide students with exposure to an occupation, industry or career field he or she may be considering. These positions are also an excellent way to jump-start the full-time career search. Internships are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters and can be paid, volunteer or completed for academic credit depending on the structure of the company’s program.

CBBS is committed to helping our students succeed. In an effort to foster the success of our students, internships have been identified as a means to help students compete in today’s job market. The Office of Student Enrichment has partnered with ClemsonJobLink to promote internship opportunities to students.  A number of opportunities from CBBS preferred employers are posted in ClemsonJobLink and can be found by conducting a keyword search for CBBS.  Students can also search for opportunities based on major, industry, and/or geographic location.

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Unpaid Internships - Know Your Rights

Did you know that many unpaid internshipswith for-profit companies violate the law and that students in unpaid internships give up many of their rights without even knowing it?  Educate yourself by reading this flyer

For Employers

An internship can be as valuable to an employer as it can be to the student. It is an excellent chance to recruit, work with, and screen potential full-time employees. Internships can add value to a company’s brand by heightening the organization’s visibility on campus and enhancing its image throughout a community.

Find an Intern: Establish a Relationship with CBBS

OSE knows employers want top-notch, quality students as interns. Our office is here to showcase our students and support employers in finding the best intern for the job. Employers who work with OSE are guaranteed great customer service while searching for their perfect new employee.

OSE believes in building relationships. We understand the importance of maintaining working partnerships and want to cultivate relationships with employers. To establish a connection with CBBS for the purposes of finding an intern, consider some of the suggestions below and/or contact Leah Hughes at 864-656-2478 or leahh@clemson.edu.

  • Contact our office to schedule an in-person appointment to meet our staff and discuss employer opportunities – putting names and faces together always helps! 
  • Get involved in Clemson CBBS events. The more events you attend and/or are involved in, the more likely you are to find a perfect intern. Opportunities for involvement include speaking engagements, mentoring, attending networking events, etc. The OSE can get you connected!
  • Let us put you in touch with faculty — they are in direct contact with students every day and are a fantastic resource for employers.

If you are interested in having a CBBS intern, please email leahh@clemson.edu to request the link and password information for posting positions.

Legal Issues — Do you pass the test?

CBBS wants to ensure our students are not only getting the best internship experiences, but being fairly compensated for their work. When hiring an intern, please consider the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standard Act to determine whether an intern should be paid. Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act, authored by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is a useful resource to determine if your organization is passing the test for unpaid interns.

Additional information regarding paid internships can be found on the Intern Bridge Unpaid Internship Resource Center website, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) website and E-Scholars.

For on-campus recruiting and information about career fairs, contact the Michelin Career Center at 864-656-6000 or career-L@clemson.edu for more information.