Clemson University Graphic Communications interns prepare to once again go out into the industry. The program sends students out three times a year to coincide with the university calendar. There are currently 51 Clemson Graphic Communications (GC) majors interning in 12 US states, from New Jersey to Texas and Indiana to Florida. A range from 160 to 180 GC students intern annually, the largest group in the summer (nearly 80 students).
To help facilitate the placement of so many students, the department holds Intern Employer Day twice a year to bring industry representatives and students together. On February 28, more than 110 representatives from 60 companies were on hand to meet nearly 250 students all studying graphics. Nancy Leininger, internship coordinator for the Department of Graphic Communications says that the event, hosted by the graduating seniors, “provides a perfect opportunity for employers to learn more about the scope and hands-on philosophy of the program, and to meet underclassmen as well as graduating seniors looking to go out into the industry.”
Every Clemson GC major must complete at least two required internships prior to graduation. When surveyed as seniors, students consistently rank these experiences as being the most beneficial of their college careers. Leininger says the current interns owe their thanks for the outstanding interest and turn out of employers to those interns and