Clinton College Work Program
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
The vision of the Clinton College Work Program is to develop and prepare students to work in a global community by encouraging academic achievement through scholarship, leadership, and social change.
The Clinton College Work Program focuses on student learning by (1) creating a work plan for internships in preparation for real-world experience; (2) developing soft skills, habits, and practice required for the workforce, and to effectively utilize the skills and experience obtained to serve in a global and local society; and (3) provide students with the elimination of debt prior to leaving college. This mission will be fulfilled by:
- Building a collective workforce both internally and externally for students to network with business professionals who can serve as mentors to offer sound advice on how to be successful during and after their internship experience which will help with building confidence
- Encouraging students to have a forward-thinking/can-do attitude, understand the importance of what it means to be a continuous learner, and strive for excellence without excuses
- Ensuring that students have the assistance and resources to help them create a career around the life they deserve which is earned through proper career preparation and guidance
- Providing experiential learning opportunities that are aligned with the 21st-century workforce to ensure students are well versed in their field of study and the business world to be more marketable for success in a competitive workforce
All resident full-time students are required to participate in the Work Program regardless of their financial need. The Clinton College Work Program will also be open to Clinton Global students who are able to participate if their schedule permits. The hope is that participation will ensure the success of each Clinton College student within their respective field of study and that the students can receive a return on investment.
For each student, on-campus assignments will be different as it will depend on the interest of the student and the needs of the campus. The Work Program will also consist of both on and off-campus opportunities which will extend beyond the campus of Clinton College in order to give students more options and allow them to experience the workforce as a whole. At Clinton College, we lead by example by preparing our students to be a beacon of light for today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders within their personal lives and communities.
We are committed to ensuring that the on-campus assignments are monitored closely by a supervisor in order to guarantee the overall success of the student while serving in their respective role. Development and mentorship would be a couple of examples of the responsibilities of the supervisor.
Student Professional Development:
Student professional development within the Clinton College Work Program will consist of various career-ready workshops in which students will be required to attend. Workshops to include:
- Career Development: Career Exploration and Planning
- Resume Building
- Internship Preparation
- Interview Preparation
- How to Leverage Social Media (LinkedIn)
In addition, students will learn through class instruction, core competency skills identified by the National Association of Colleges & Employers which are critical for a successful transition from college to the workplace. Core competency skills are critical thinking/problem solving, communication/leadership, Teamwork / Collaboration / Intercultural Fluency, Professionalism / Work Ethic / Technology, and Career Management.
Student evaluations will be given by the supervisor at both the midpoint and end of each semester in order to provide students with constructive feedback that can be used to improve on skills that are not as strong as others. These evaluations will also assist students with knowing their strengths that can be used to market themselves in the workforce. The evaluations will be determined by the following skills in which students should be able to successfully fulfill by the end of the Work Program:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Attendance/ Punctuality
- Initiative/ Willingness to Learn
- Teamwork/ Attitude
- Professional and Positive Response to Supervision
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Clinton College Corporate Work Program Partners
Once Clinton College Work Program supervisors have determined that a student is ready for work, we will work with various corporations to identify possible opportunities that we feel are suitable for the student based on their major, skills, professional and personal career goals. For the purpose of the external component of the Clinton College Work Program, we will seek out the most qualified and work from that point to ensure that all students get an opportunity to gain valuable experience. Students will work 10-20 hours per week on average. The Clinton College Corporate Work Program allows interns to work throughout Rock Hill and surrounding areas, remote and nationally in various industries. One of the Clinton College Corporate Work Program goals would be to find interns that match the qualifications and backgrounds described by corporate partners as that is the main criteria of most corporate partners. Although Clinton College will do everything possible to prepare the student, the corporate partners may also interview and vet interns to ensure that the interns are indeed the right fit for the opportunity they are recruiting.
Associate Dean of Work Program and Career Services