Internships provide the real world component to Clemson's Graphic Communications program and are essential to every student's career preparation. Most employers also view this as an investment in their own future as they preview upcoming talent and contribute to the development of prospective employees. Many companies have employed interns on a continuous basis as an inherent part of their human resources program. Some fill regular positions by using three interns a year, one each school term. Others use interns to carry out special projects. In all cases, it is important for the intern to do "real work" for the benefit of the employer.
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. 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 are required to complete 2 internships in order to complete their degree. One is typically during the sophomore year and the second during or following the junior year. While it is not a requirement that the internship be paid, it is strongly recommended and students are discouraged from taking unpaid internships. 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. 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.
All GC majors are required to do at least two internships in order to receive their degree, and many complete three. Students are encouraged to work in different geographic locations, process areas, and segments of the industry in order to gain a broad 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