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Engagement

Below is an overview of our experiential-learning opportunities which you can use to curate a Clemson Experience unique to you. These experiences equip you with the skillset and mindset to create value and address the challenges facing society.

To learn more about any of these areas, click on the links or ask your advisor for more information. Don’t let finances hold you back. Funding may be available to those who apply through our Opportunities Grant programs.

Clemson offers support for students to engage in educational, research, and internship opportunities outside the United States through one of our faculty directed, exchange, or third-party study abroad programs.

One of our signature global engagement programs is Clemson Engineering for Developing Countries (CEDC) which aims to serve the developing world while developing those who serve. The mission is to work with local communities in the Central Plateau of Haiti to develop sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life through interdisciplinary student-led initiatives that embody the organization’s core values in partnership with Clemson University, non-profit organizations, and industry.

Get involved in one of our undergraduate research opportunities as early as your first semester. Participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems, and hone their communication and presentation skills. Participating in one of our undergraduate research opportunities may aid in selecting a major.

There are a variety of ways to participate in research. Creative Inquiry classes allow students to take ownership of their projects in a team environment under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Departments offer a selection of undergraduate research classes at multiple skill levels spanning from one to several semesters. We can also prepare you to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at another institution (REUs). Talk to your advisor about how to view offerings.

We offer resources and programs to develop your ideas and give you the tools and skills necessary to turn them into a profitable company. Take your ideas from concept to prototype using one of our many maker spaces on campus or put your skills to the test on maker day. Maker spaces provide training and access to power tools, 3d printers, laser engravers, button makers, CNC machines, and more.

Den LogoPrograms like the Design & Entrepreneurship Network (DEN) bring students together to transform their ideas into companies. DEN allows students to work through concepts, create prototypes, and present business ideas for real-time feedback from professionals and student peers.

UIF LogoStudents in the University Innovation Fellows program work with peers, faculty and administrators to create new learning opportunities for students to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.

Lead Forward LogoDevelop your leadership skills by acquiring a leadership role in a student organization or become a member of the Student Advisory Board in your major or at the College level.

Enroll in our LEAD Forward Program, a series of classes, that discuss leadership theories and incorporate personal development.

Learn from business and industry professionals as they highlight trends and best practices from their organization through The Intersect speaker series.

Go all in and become a certified student leader, participate in a leadership conference or symposium at Clemson or let us fund your participation at a national conference.

Competitions are a fun way to measure your skills against other students while competing for prizes or bragging rights. Learn to collaborate and put your ideas to the test. Participate in a weekend event like CUhackit or Design-a-thon where you’ll use your ingenuity to design solutions to real world problems.

For a more extensive challenge, design and test a Concrete Canoe build a Baha SAE car or develop and pitch your own idea at Spark Challenge.

We are preparing the next generation to address the most pressing challenges and with that comes ethical responsibility.

We take pride in offering our engineering students the opportunity to wear the Order of the Engineer ring and pledge to “practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect; and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of the Earth’s precious wealth.”

The prestigious Grand Challenge Scholars program prepares you to become a world changing engineer. Engage in real-world application of your education through experiences such as research, international travel, seminar talks, and community outreach.

Our alumni are recognized for skills in: leadership, public speaking, project management, teamwork, entrepreneurial thinking, ethics, and interdisciplinary collaboration.