Pic of Lisa RobinsonThe legal profession’s loss is Clemson’s gain. This Tiger started as a high school student enrolled in a gifted and talented legal program. In college, she interned at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in Washington DC. After working as a legal internship coordinator at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, she found her niche in higher ed. She, along with her husband Ken, a sociology and anthropology professor at Clemson, believes the classroom setting can be enhanced by practical experience, so now she helps provide those experiences to students.

Meet Lisa Robinson.

Title: Assistant Director, University Professional Internship and Co-op Program (UPIC)

Years at Clemson: Four years.  I started this position in fall, 2012 after working at Tri-County Technical College coordinating its orientation programs. Prior to moving to South Carolina, I was an assistant dean and the director of Arts and Sciences Career Services at Cornell University. My prior professional background and training is in the legal profession.

What I do at Clemson: As an assistant director with the UPIC program, I work with UPIC interns and mentors. I conduct site visits and assist interns to get the most out of their UPIC experience and help mentors to have a rewarding UPIC experience. I coordinate the UPIC orientation sessions at the start of each semester, and the Lunch and Learn series for mentors. I also conduct counseling hours and career programming as part of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) staff.

What I love about Clemson: I enjoy the enthusiasm of the students and Clemson community. I also appreciate the dialogue between students, faculty and staff and that everyone is truly vested in making this a successful environment. I welcome and enjoy the critical reflection and discussions happening around campus.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Establishing the office of Career Services housed in the college of Arts and Sciences at my former position, and continuing my successful transition from legal work to working in higher education. I grew up on college campuses coming from an academic family but, never thought I would work in higher education and I have found that I love working in a campus environment.

Where I see myself in five years: Hopefully continuing to promote and grow the UPIC program in a meaningful way, or making a significant contribution to another impactful university program.

Last thing I watched on TV: Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama

Guilty pleasure: Reading, music and traveling

One thing most people don’t know about me:  I’ve traveled to more than a dozen countries and hope to visit more. I was born on the South Side of Chicago, lived in the Midwest and then grew up in Upstate NY.