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The Emerging Scholars Program is a Clemson University outreach program that specifically targets students from public high schools in three counties in the low country region of South Carolina.  Designed to increase the number of students who attend and graduate from college, this three-year program begins in the summer after the students complete ninth grade and works with them until they graduate from high school and enter college.  

  • Program Advisor

    During their first summer at Clemson, the students spend seven days here on campus. In addition to focusing on reading, writing and mathematics, the residential experience includes academic evaluations, physical challenge activities to enhance self-confidence, collaborative learning exercises and detailed orientation about the college experience. Contact with the students is maintained all year through correspondence, workshops, college trips and a series of school visits.

    The following summer, these students will return to campus, this time for two weeks, and we build on the learning from the past year. In their third summer before their senior year, they come back to Clemson for three weeks.  This time is devoted to a realistic simulation of the first three weeks of college for a new freshman. The students are “enrolled” in 5 mini-courses – English, math, a social science, a laboratory science, and art which are taught by Clemson faculty. In addition to the daily classes, the students attend nightly activities, and learn about college life at Clemson.

    Required Qualifications

    • Classified as a student at a university or college (preference given to upperclassman and graduate students) or a December 2018/Spring 2019 college graduate
    • Be in good academic standing
    • Be available to work from 5/26/2019 until 7/28/2019 (with scheduled breaks)
    • Be willing to stay in the residence halls every night students are present
    • Be available most evenings on dates students are present
    • Experience working with youth
    • A passion for working with high school students who need motivation and positive role models

    Preferred Qualifications

    • An interest in working with low-income, first generation high school students
    • Experience working with youth in a summer camp setting
    • Emergency response experience on a college campus
    • Experience leading a group or class
    • Knowledge of team builders and other group activities

    Position Description

    Emerging Scholars is an educational, fun, work-intensive experience that will prove both very rewarding and very demanding.  You will greatly affect the lives of the participating students and will be held to standards that reflect this responsibility. It is our hope that through the Program Advisor position, students will consciously gain leadership and mentoring skills that will help them develop as leaders and expand their views of what it means to give back and help others find their way to college.

    Among other duties as assigned, Program Advisors will be expected to:
    • Attend and participate in all Program Advisor training sessions
    • Serve as a mentor to students
    • Escort and participate in daily sessions students will attend
    • Serve as a leader and active participant at ES activities
    • Assist in the planning of student evening activities
    • Assist students with their homework assignments and evening enrichment assignments
    • Respond to emergencies that involve ES students or staff
    • Supervise students when they are in the residence halls during the day and at night
    • Lead and mentor a specific group of students with assistance from a co-leader

    Typical Day

    Daily responsibilities are broken up between two shifts: a morning shift and an afternoon. Even though every day will be a little different, a typical day will begin with the morning shift gathering all students for breakfast then escorting them to classes until lunch. All Program Advisors will meet for lunch with the students. The afternoon PAs will then take the students to their afternoon classes. Everyone will then meet again for dinner and evening activities will begin shortly after, usually around  7 p.m. There will be a duty system so there will be nights when you are required to be on campus and nights when you can have free time. Weekend activities vary but it is expected that staff be available to help with sessions and trips. Whether you are part of the morning shift or the evening shift will depend on your class schedule and your preferences. On nights when students are present, it is expected you sleep in the residence halls.

    Summer Classes

    We do allow each staff member to take one summer course per session (This is not paid for by Emerging Scholars). However, this must be disclosed during your interview and will be taken into consideration when hiring decisions are made.


    Significant leadership experience
    • Opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships with Clemson faculty, staff, and students
    • Single room in the residence halls (valued at approximately. $900)
    • All meals while students are present (valued at approximately. $700)
    • $3,000 stipend paid in installments throughout the summer

    Timeline & Deadline

    Deadlines and Application Dates Coming Soon!

    All interested, qualified students should complete an application. Each interested students should email an unofficial transcript and an updated resume to by March 11th 2019. Information on references should be entered into the application.

    All applicants who pass an initial application review will be contacted for an interview. Video interviews will be conducted with applicants who are not located in Clemson, SC. Second interviews will only be conducted if follow-up information is needed. Any questions should be sent to Jason Combs at Thanks for your interest in the position!

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