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Internship Program Overview

The GC Internship Program at Clemson University has been in place for 30 years and is an integral part of the students' success academically and professionally. Students are required to complete at least two full-time, paid internships in order to receive their degree. The first internship is typically completed during the sophomore year and the second completed during or following the junior year. It is a requirement that the internship is paid. Unpaid internships typically do not result in a valuable experience for the employer or the student and leave both the student and in particular the employer open to liability.

Internships must be full-time (40 hours per week) for the entire term and must be paid. As of January 1, 2019 all students must be employed full-time and be paid like a regular employee in order to get credit for either of their 2 required internships. This is to protect the student, university, and employer against any liability. Pay rates vary greatly dependent upon employer size and location and may be a little as minimum wage. Most of our internship partners pay between $10 to $17 an hour. There is no exception for non-profits or government agencies.. The fall and spring terms are 15 weeks and the summer term is 12 weeks. Students will not receive credit for internships not meeting these requirements or are not directly relevant to the degree in Graphic Communications. To be approved as Intern Employer Partner with Clemson's Graphic Communications please complete the form found at this link:

Many of our long-standing intern employers offer competitive pay and other things such as stipends, housing, etc. to attract the best and the brightest. Internships must be full-time (40 hours per week) for the entire term. The fall and spring terms are 15 weeks and the summer term is 12 weeks. Students will not receive credit for internships not meeting these requirements or are not directly relevant to the degree in Graphic Communications. To be approved as Intern Employer Partner with Clemson's Graphic Communications please complete the form found at this link:

Our students are encouraged to seek full-time internships in a variety of geographic locations, process areas and segments within the industry in order to gain a broad range of experience in the workplace. It is believed that the ultimate success of Clemson GC graduates is due to their overall knowledge of industrial and business settings.

Internship Dates for the coming year

Clemson GC interns are available year-round. In upcoming semesters, the typical work periods are as follows:

  • Spring Internships are a minimum of 15 weeks from January 6 to April 24, 2020.
  • Summer Internships are a minimum of 12 weeks from May 11 to July 31, 2020.
  • Fall Internships are a minimum of 15 weeks from August 17 to December 4, 2020.