Internships in spotlight for graphic communications majors
If there’s a can’t-miss event for students pursuing graphic communications careers, it’s the one being held next Tuesday at the Hendrix Student Center.
Intern Employer Day is held twice a year and few events in the world of Clemson’s graphic communications majors are more important than these daylong spring and fall career days.
“Without question, this is a must-attend event for graphic communications students, even if they aren’t seniors, or looking for near-term internships,” said Carol Jones, senior lecturer and internship coordinator in the Department of Graphic Communications. “Because of Clemson’s stature in the industry, many of the representatives from leading companies are alums. It’s a homecoming of sorts, and this is a great opportunity to build relationships with them.”
Intern Employer Day kicks off with the opening session at 9 a.m., March 7, in the Hendrix ballroom. Interviewing for internship and full-time positions is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jones said nearly 40 companies will be represented and up to 250 students are expected to attend, with most of the students who are seeking internships, walking away with offers.
“If a student is wanting to fulfill one of the two full-time internships required for graduation, they generally can leave this event with one,” Jones said.
Lexington, S.C., senior, Stanley McCloy, will be looking for his third internship at next week’s Intern Employer Day. He’s already completed two internships in marketing, sales and human resources.
“All of the industry leaders in our field will be there, so it’s a must-attend event for graphic communications students,” Stanley said. “Beyond securing the internships that are required for graduation, you make valuable connections with some of the biggest names in our industry.”
Graphic communications majors must complete at least two full-time internships in order to receive their Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business. The internships can occur anytime during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
“Our students are taught early on in the program that you begin your career when you start your studies at Clemson. A career isn’t something you start after graduation,” Jones added. “We are in the College of Business and we get them out into real-world business internships. Students are totally immersed in some aspect of an enterprise, be it sales, production or customer service. With semester-long internships, students are generally not getting summers off, but those sacrifices result in rewards such as job readiness and real-world skills.”
One of the most important rewards is the program’s 95 percent job placement for graphic communications majors at graduation. That placement rate speaks to Clemson’s stature in the industry, something Jones said hasn’t happened overnight.
“Internships are only part of why our program is highly regarded by the graphic communications industry. Strong relationships have been fostered with many of our graduates, who are now leaders at many high profile companies,” Jones said. “Over the years, Clemson’s program has also been an industry research leader and become well-known for its professional training.”
Greenville senior Meredith Wingate interned last fall in digital design at ZAGS, a Charleston-based specialty clothing brand. Through the internship she witnessed the power of social media and enhanced her design capabilities.
“As a digital design intern, I assisted on many different aspects of the company, from product design and development to creating, managing and executing all of the social media accounts,” she said. “I experienced how social media and digital marketing have the power to organically grow a relatively new company like ZAGS. The internship also gave me great insights on the design side of graphic communications.”
For information on the Intern Employer Day agenda, click here.
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