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CAFLS Student Services

Connecting CAFLS students to future employers

At the Bookhart Student Services Center, we are here to help you navigate the career development process. From internship searches to full-time placement, resumes and cover letters, we are committed to providing you with tools to help you meet your goals.

  • Resume Critiques

    The goal of your resume is to effectively market yourself to potential employers and to obtain an interview. Our staff is available to assist you in developing a resume tailored to our related industries. ›› Make an appointment to have your resume critiqued

  • Mock Interviews

    A great way to improve your interviewing technique is to practice. Staff members are available to role-play the interview process with you and then will provide valuable feedback. Mock interviews are available for professional and graduate school as well as job-related interviews.

  • Job Postings

    You should be receiving our weekly CAFLS Job Postings email newsletter that is categorized by major.  These newsletters are sent by major, you can request to add yourself to additional majors by emailing caflscareers@clemson.edu

    Another fantastic resource available to you as a Clemson Student is CareerShift. CareerShift offers the most comprehensive online resource, designed to support the # 1 request of job seekers: an easy-to-use website to conduct and organize their job search.

    In addition, an extensive number of single job vacancies are posted online through ClemsonJobLink.


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  • OnCampus Recruiting

    Approximately 100 employers conduct over 250 interviews with our students in a typical year. There are different possibilities for each major. These interviews include positions for internships, co-ops and permanent opportunities. Not all companies recruit on campus therefore it is suggested you explore all alternative ways for job searching. Feel free to make an appointment to explore all of these options with a career coach.

Career Fair

In order to offer both employers and students a safe environment, we have adopted a new virtual format for the annual career fair. This day is not just for seniors exploring full-time positions, but also for all students to explore internships and further understand career paths.

Resume Critique

The goal of your resume is to effectively market yourself to potential employers and to obtain an interview. Our staff is available to assist you in developing a resume tailored to our related industries.

Internship programs

Getting Started

Internships are required for many of our CAFLS majors. In order to receive credit for an internship, you should speak with the internship coordinator in your department.

Agricultural Sciences

Hunter Massey, AgMech
Michael Vassalos, AGB
Dale Layfield, AGED

Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Marge Condrasky- FDSC - Culinary Internships
Johnny McGregor- FDSC 3500- Food Tech
Paula Beecher/Jeff Neal- Packaging- Co-op Requirement

Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Pat Layton- Forestry, WILD, ENR

Plant and Environmental Sciences

Ellen Vincent- Hort
Haibo Liu- Turf AVS Chelsea Sinclair- All AVS

Do I have to register for a class to do an internship?

If you are receiving class credit, yes, you need to check with your advisor and get signed up for the appropriate internship class.  Many of our students will do internships outside of the ones required for class credit.  This is highly encouraged!  You can always reach out to Paula Beecher for resources on finding an internship in your area of interest!

Why should I do an internship?

Many employers are interested in newly graduated students who already have working experience, even if it is just for a few months! Internships are a way to gain experience in your major field, thus validating what you are studying. Not only this, but students can gain valuable connections with people in their field by doing an internship, as well as working references and recommendations. Many of our past students have found jobs at the very places they interned!

When can I do an internship?

This can vary by opportunity. Many students complete their internships during the summer between their sophomore and junior years however we are seeing more employers that will also give opportunities to freshman.

Where can I do an internship?

In theory – anywhere! Our students have done their internships abroad, and of course, closer to home. But you can do an internship wherever you like. You will just need to get pre-approval of your internship plans from your respective internship coordinator IF you are seeking Clemson credit. We do recommend, however, that you do your internship at a place that you haven’t previously interned or worked to broaden your scope of work experiences.

CAFLS Career Services can help you get connected with a company offering internships.

Career Events and Opportunities

Fall 2021

AFA Leaders Conference, Nov 11-14, 2021

AFA and its partners cover hotel, meals and event material costs. The only cost to students selected for AFA events is travel (CAFLS may be able to assist with this, come by the Bookhart Student Services Center for information). The four-track program at AFA Leaders Conference is designed to provide you with different personal and professional development opportunities based on where you are in your collegiate experience. 

AFA Leaders Conference

AFA Policy Institute
Sept. 12-14, 2021
Washington D.C.

CAFLS Fall Career Fair

In-Person
October 6 th
10AM-3PM
Life Science Facility
No Pre-Registration Needed

Virtual Career Fair
October 7 th
11AM-2PM
Pre-Registration Required

CAFLS Career Fair Details

Spring 2022

IPPE
January 25-27, 2022
Information Coming Soon on how to participate

AFA Food Institute
Jan. 23-25, 2022
Chicago, IL

AFA Sustainability Institute
February 12-16, 2022
Lake Buena Vista, FL

AFA Technology Institute
March 10-12, 2022
New Orleans, LA

AFA Animal Institute
April 10-12, 2022
Kansas City, MO

AFA Crop Science Institute
July 17-19, 2022
Des Moines, IA

 

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