Off-Campus Internship Program
An internship is a work experience related to a student's major
and/or career interest that takes place during a semester or in
the summer. Typically students participate in projects or work
alongside practicing professionals as they tackle special day-to
day challenges. The benefit of an internship is that it allows
students to implement their classroom learning in the world-of-work.
Internship opportunities are available in the corporate and non-profit
sectors and can be paid or unpaid. Employers offering internships
are expected to have clearly articulated educational objectives.
There are three different types of internships that the career
1. Not for academic credit - This is the most common type of
internship. The internship
is directly related to the student's major and is project related.
2. Required by the department, not
for academic credit - The academic department will
contact the employer regarding goals and procedures that are
3. For academic credit - The student
and the internship provider will develop
the specific structure of the internship before the internship
begins. Then the academic department must approve the structure
of the internship. The academic departments handle granting
credit for an internship.
Why hire a Clemson student for your internship?
- Meet project needs.
- Bring new innovative ideas to the workplace.
- Evaluate and measure student performance before hiring full-time.
- Year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals.
- Flexible, cost effective work force not requiring a long-term
When should you hire an intern?
Most companies/organizations start looking for undergraduate
interns during their rising sophomore, junior and senior levels
in school. These students are excellent candidates for entry-level
projects. Graduate students possess many skills at a higher
level that are beneficial for more advanced projects.
- On campus interviewing:
- Employers can conduct on campus interviews from September-December
- Call (864) 656-2152 to set up your interview schedule
and receive your username, password and instructions
our online recruiting system.
- Interviewing rooms are available for reserving as
early as the summer before the academic school year.
- Posting an Internship Position:
- Companies that have internship opportunities can post
their positions to our online recruiting system (ClemsonJobLink).
- Call (864) 656-6000 to receive your password and instructions
- Employers can utilize this opportunity to discuss
internship opportunities and display the organization's
products and/or services. Some organizations utilize
this time to arrange interviews or conduct preliminary
- If needing more information, please call (864) 656-6000.
- Career and Internship Fairs:
The Fall (September) and Spring (January or February) career fairs
give employers seeking interns and full-time permanent employees
direct access to students. Please visit our web site for
further details: http://career.clemson.edu/fairs
Tips for turning an Intern into a
Recruiting Students: "Planting seeds for the future."
- Select an intern as carefully as you would a new employee.
- Conduct on-campus presentations to discuss internship
- Include former interns in presentations, fairs, and in
helping you to select future interns.
- Devise handouts that outline details of the internship.
- Give students a sense of the type of work they will be
doing during their internship.
- Provide projects that relate to a student's major or field
- Provide assistance with housing, for example, provide
guidance to students in helping them locate housing, contact
some of the local colleges and universities for reduced
housing rates, and/or provide a stipend for housing.
You've got the intern. What's next?
"Providing a good all-around experience"
- Provide an orientation for your new interns.
- Pair your interns with a mentor who can help them through
the first days of work and can serve as a contact for the
intern (protocol, advice, company culture, etc).
- Provide opportunities for interns to meet with other interns,
departments, and managers within the company.
- Provide projects that interns can own and give them clear
directions about their job duties.
- Involve interns in on-site training opportunities.
- Involve interns in company picnics, softball teams, or
involve them with special projects.
- Give interns company promotional items, such as t-shirts
At the end of the internship:
"Get a return on your investment"
- Keep the communication lines open by staying in touch
with your intern by phone or e-mail.
- Invite your interns to participate with you at their school's
job fair, invite them to lunch or to stop by and see you
when you are recruiting on campus, and/or include them in
your class presentations or informational sessions.