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Clemson Center for Career and Professional Development

Tigers Go To Washington!

What is Tigers go to Washington? TGTW is a series of events for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to learn more about the diverse opportunities for internship and full-time employment in the Washington, D.C. area. TGTW consists of several opportunities for you to personally connect with professionals in the D.C. area and to build your professional network. These professionals are Clemson alumni or parents of Clemson students who graciously volunteer their time at this event series.

The event series consists of:

  • Resume Critiques/Informational Interview Appointments – These one-on-one meetings allow you to gain more insight from a professional in your desired field.

  • Evening Professional Panel & Networking Event – This event allows you to hear advice from up to 16 professionals in either the business/government/non-profit industries or the science/technology/engineering/math industries and then personally talk with those panelists during a catered (hors d’oeuvres) open networking event.

  • Networking Luncheon – Invited students will have the opportunity to further connect with these professionals at a catered luncheon.

  • Optimize Your Tigers go to Washington Experience (Prep Workshops) – These workshops help you prepare for the professional panel/networking event and the one-on-one appointments by giving you advice on networking and what to expect during the event series. Attendance is highly encouraged so that you receive the first opportunity to sign up for the resume critiques/informational interview appointments.

Keep reading for more details on each individual event.

Networking Luncheon Application Period

Dates: Monday, September 11 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Location: Apply in ClemsonJobLink: Log-in with your account, search under Jobs for "Luncheon"

Description: After our main networking event on Monday, October 23, a luncheon will take place on Tuesday, October 24 where a select number of undergraduate and graduate students will have the chance to spend additional time with our panelists. In order to apply for a spot at the luncheon, you must submit a resume (with a GPA) and cover letter indicating why you are interested in this opportunity through ClemsonJobLink. Search “Luncheon” once you are in the system. Attendance at one of the “prep workshops” and the Monday, October 23 evening networking event is required if accepted.

If your involvement at this luncheon would require you to miss class or work, please discuss your absence with your faculty or supervisor BEFORE applying.

Optimize Your Tigers go to Washington Experience (Prep Workshops)


  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 4 to 5 pm
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5 to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6 to 7 pm

Location: Center for Career and Professional Development, 316 Hendrix Student Center

Description: Any students planning to attend the networking events are highly encouraged to register for one these workshops. Staff members will cover the same content at each workshop so you need to only attend one. Learn what to expect and how to make the most of your time with the Washington professionals. Attendees will also have the chance to sign up for a special resume critique/informational interview with the panelists.

Optional Resume Critiques/Informational Interviews with Panelists


  • Monday, October 23, 2017 from 10 am – 1:30 – 4 pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:30 am

Location: Center for Career and Professional Development, 316 Hendrix Student Center

Description: Several of our panelists will be available in the Center for Career and Professional Development for 30-minute appointments with students to review student resumes and briefly discuss the students’ goals for working in the Washington, D.C. area. Information regarding making appointments will be made available to students who attend one of the Optimize Your Tigers go to Washington Experience (Prep Workshops).

Evening Professional Panel & Networking Event

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm

Location:  Check-in outside the Almeda Jacks Ballrooms, 2nd floor Hendrix Student Center

Description: The event will begin at 5 pm with introductions of our Washington, D.C. panelists. A Q&A discussion will follow. After the panel discussion, networking will begin to allow students to ask more specific questions of our panelists. Space is limited for this event, so register online. 

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Networking Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Location: Almeda Jacks Ballroom A, Hendrix Student Center

Description: We are looking to assemble a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students to participate in our networking luncheon that will begin promptly at 11:15 am. Students will be preselected by submitting resumes (with GPAs) and cover letters through ClemsonJobLink. (Search Keyword: “luncheon” in ClemsonJobLink to apply.) Application period is September 11- October 15, 2017. Attendance is required at one of the “prep workshops” and the Monday, October 23 networking event if selected for the luncheon.

Open to pre-selected students who submitted resumes during the application period above.

Apply in Spetember by searching under Jobs for the TGTW Networking Luncheon application in ClemsonJobLink!


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