Clinton College Work Program

Phone: 803.327.7402

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.

Vision:

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.

Mission:

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

Student Participation:

All 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.

Participation in the Work Program will be different for each student depending on the student’s interest and our campus needs. Since the Work Program will consist of opportunities both on-campus and off-campus, we will offer opportunities that extend beyond the grounds of Clinton College by participating in the Clinton College Corporate Work Program to give our students more options to choose from. 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 in their families and communities, to be better and more well-rounded than when they first enrolled at Clinton College.

Each on-campus assignment is staffed with a supervisor who is committed to ensuring that students perform their jobs well. More importantly, supervisors are primarily charged with developing and mentoring students through uplifting instruction and modeling positive behaviors and attitudes.

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 Evaluation:

Interns are assigned to supervisors who act both as a manager and professional mentors. Interns receive formal work performance evaluations at both the midpoint and at the end of each semester. Supervisors regularly provide students with constructive feedback throughout the school year and conduct formal performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Students are required to fulfill the following expectations and skills:

  • Attendance/ Punctuality
  • Accountability
  • Initiative/ Willingness to Learn
  • Teamwork/ Attitude
  • Response to Supervision
  • Workplace Culture, Policy, and Safety
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Clinton College Corporate Work Program

Corporate Work Program Partners

After assessing a student’s level of work readiness, we identify placement opportunities for the student based on their major, professional skills, and personal career goals. The most qualified students are identified for the Clinton College Corporate Work Program, which serves as the external component of the Work Program. Corporate Work Program students work 10-20 hours per week on average. Interns can work throughout Rock Hill and surrounding areas, remote and nationally in various industries, including non-profit organizations and government agencies. One of the Clinton College Corporate Work Program goals would be to find interns that match the qualifications and backgrounds described by corporate partners. While Clinton College selects the students who are eligible to participate in the program, corporate partners may interview and vet interns prior to hiring. 

Below is a list of some of the Clinton College Corporate Work Program Partners:

  • Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization
  • Parker-Dewey Micro-Internships
  • S.C. Department of Employment & Workforce
  • Career Village
  • City of Rock Hill
  • Lancaster County School District

Our Staff

Associate Dean of Work Program and Career Services

Tammy B. Hayes

Email: thayes@clintoncollege.edu

Phone: 803.327.7402