About the Pearce Interns

Business and industry leaders place a premium on writing and communication skills. The state of South Carolina offers a generous supplement to the Life Scholarship for students majoring in math, science, or engineering. The Pearce Scholars Program aims to match that supplement for students working in the fields of writing and communication.

The variety of opportunities within the Pearce Scholars Program also allows for students to pursue objectives most valuable to their educations and future careers. Whether through working as a Pearce Center Intern, a Writing Fellow, or a member of the Client Based Program, the Pearce Scholars Intern Program benefits an incredible number of students on Clemson’s campus.

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State of the Art Workspace

Pearce Interns work in the Class of 1941 Studio using cutting-edge communication technologies. These tools provide Pearce Communication Interns with opportunities to learn, engage, and collaborate in an interactive, professional environment.

Work Samples

Book Project Spring 2020

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Book Project Fall 2019

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English Unbound

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Annual Report

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Pearce Center Intern

Pearce Center Interns work in the Class of 1941 Studio. Using cutting edge technologies, Pearce Interns have opportunities to learn, engage, and collaborate in a professional environment.

Meet the Fall 2020 Pearce Interns

I am a senior marketing major from Fort Mill, SC and this is my second semester at the Pearce Center! I am also a member of Delta Sigma Pi, Women in Business, and the Honors College, and I enjoy drinking coffee and wearing denim.

Anna Hardymon

Marketing

Hi! I am a junior from Myrtle Beach, SC, and have worked at the Pearce Center since Spring 2019. I love dancing on the sidelines of Death Valley, traveling, and lying somewhere on a beach. 

Ashley Jones

Political Science

I am a senior communication major from Walterboro, S.C. and this is my second semester at the Pearce Center. I enjoy music, reading, cooking and a good cup of coffee.

Carlyle Griffin

Communication

Hi! I am a sophomore from Cedarburg, W.I., and this is my first semester at the Pearce Center. I enjoy working out and spending time with my friends and family.

Delaney Niemeyer

Communication

I am a senior from Mills River, NC. In my free time you can find me volunteering at the SMLC, working for The Tiger Newspaper, practicing for Tiger Dancers or with my Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters!

Elizabeth O’Donnell

English

I am a senior English and Political Science major from Greer, SC, and this is my first semester at the Pearce Center. I enjoy coffee, a good book, and hikes in the Experimental Forest. 

Emily Rogers

English & Political Science

Hi! I’m a senior from Fort Mill, SC and a fourth semester Pearce Intern. I love blue Tootsie Rolls, summer camp, and speaking French.

Jenna Poropatich

Communication & Language and International Business

Hello! I am a junior from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! I love going to concerts, traveling when I can and spending time outside. I love movies and hope to get into the film industry down the road!  

Katie Mann

Communication

I’m a senior from Belmont, NC and this is my fifth semester as a Pearce intern. I am also a part of the Calhoun Honors College, a member of the Clemson Rally-Cat Dance Team, CUSG Activities Committee, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Mattie Lee

Communication

Hi! I’m a senior English and Marketing double major from Huntsville, Alabama, and this is my first semester working at the Pearce Center. I enjoy reading, cooking, music, trivia, and coffee!

Olivia Hanline

English & Marketing

I am a junior from Richmond, Virginia. I am interested in branding, graphic design and public relations. Outside of work and school, I love to run, waterski, read, and spend time with friends and family!

Roxie Ware

Marketing

This is my third semester here at the Pearce Center and I’m so excited to dive into all of the cool projects! When I’m not working or in class, I enjoy reading, doing embroidery/cross-stitch projects, and spending time with my friends and family.

Taylor Summey

Communication & English

2019-2020 Pearce Intern Reflections

Will Gordon

In the fall of 2019, I joined the Pearce Center for Professional Communication as a student intern.

 

As an English major, I thought the internship would be a small thing to put on my résumé that may help with some of my English and publication skills. I had little clue that my time at the Pearce Center would genuinely change where I saw my life going as I neared graduation.

 

Through my two amazing semesters at the Pearce Center, I’ve been involved in three separate projects: the Clemson English Newsletter (English Unbound), United Way of Pickens County and the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson. The bulk of my time at the Pearce Center has been centered around nonprofit organizations, and that experience has been way more impactful than I anticipated.

 

I have gotten to serve different needs in this community, such as children’s early literacy, tax issues and even new building projects for local nonprofits. By conducting interviews, making video content and creating other branded deliverables (folders, physical handouts, etc.) for our nonprofit clients, we have taken tiny steps toward genuinely helping these organizations and those most affected by them.

 

Looking forward, I know that I desire to work with nonprofits in the future, and I genuinely have my time at the Pearce Center to thank for that. While I have attained some practical skills such as scheduling and using Adobe products, I grew most by working with the people around me. Without this experience, I’m not sure I would have ever begun to make the transition from being entirely focused on school to being focused on my future and what I’m going to do after Clemson, so I’m indebted to my wonderful time here. I would like to thank Ashley, Sarah, Allison and all of the interns for this amazing opportunity and for all the time spent together. I know experiences like this can end up shaping our lives, so I’m glad mine was here.

Carter Smith

For the past four semesters, I have been a student intern at the Pearce Center for Professional Communication. I knew at the end of my freshman year I wanted to work at the Pearce Center, after talking with older friends who were, at the time, current interns. I can tell you that what they shared with me about their experience, nearly two years ago, is similar to what I am going to share with you — the Pearce Center offers you an unparalleled on-campus experience in the marketing and communications field.

 

What makes the Pearce Center so great is two-fold: the people and the clients. As an intern, you will collaborate with motivated, like-minded students and work under great supervisors — shout out to Ashley, Allison and Sarah. Our client base is diverse, ranging from non-profits, foundations, on-campus organizations, professor research projects, local schools and much more. At the Pearce Center, you have the opportunity to really dive into the world of marketing/communications through creating real deliverables for clients.

 

In my two years at the Pearce Center, I have collaborated on a lot of great projects, but here are a few highlights: serving as the editor-in-chief of UPIC magazine, which required interviewing and writing in addition to editing; creating advertisements and social media content for Dr. Rhondda Thomas’s Call My Name Exhibition: The Making of The Black Clemson Community; and working closely with non-profits under the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson. These projects challenged me as a writer, communicator, creater, team-member and leader. Even more generally, from my tenure at the Pearce Center, I have garnered a strong skill-set in AP style writing and editing, communicating as an external and internal liaison, using Adobe and Mailchimp software and creating promotional content for social media.

 

As a soon-to-be senior who hopes to work in public relations, I feel confident in my abilities to move out into the workforce. This I have the Pearce Center to thank for and more specifically, I would like to personally thank Ashley Fisk for giving me this opportunity, and Allison Daniel and Sarah Costely for their continual support and advice as former Clemson English students.

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Intern Project Summaries

The Pearce Center interns work with a variety of clients, both on and off campus, to produce communication deliverables ranging from flyers and graphics to social media audits. Mouse over the below images to read more about each of the projects the interns are currently working on.

Community Foundation of Greater Clemson

The interns worked alongside Executive Director Billy D’Andrea and the rest of the team at the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson. They were tasked with designing new materials for them during a process of rebranding. They have produced a new set of folders, one pagers and pledge cards in order to help build their brand and assist in furthering pledges to the foundation.

Office of Global Engagement

Interns worked with Kyle Anderson, senior director of global engagement, to bring awareness of initiatives in the Office of Global Engagement. The team started off the by promoting Tigers United, a consortium dedicated to protecting tigers in the wild. From there, interns worked on highlighting students helping with COVID-19 initiatives and the Hendrix Scholarship.

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity

The Pearce Center Interns worked with Pickens County Habitat for Humanity to produce marketing materials for their annual fundraiser and monthly events. The team produced a video to highlight the organization’s volunteers, created and wrote a monthly newsletter to send to their community and designed a social media campaign for their annual fundraiser.

Clemson Votes

This project has involved creating an initiative on Clemson’s campus to educate students on being knowledgeable and engaged U.S. citizens, which includes exercising their right to vote.  In the spring semester, our team mainly worked on developing Clemson Vote’s social media account, communicating with campus and local organizations about the cause and creating content, such as a logo and a packet of information, for the initiative.

United Way of Pickens County

The interns worked alongside United Way of Pickens County’s Jeremy Price with their VITA programs. VITA allows for anyone with an annual income of less than $60,000 to have their taxes done correctly and for free by community volunteers at local libraries! The team’s work has consisted of interviewing volunteers and clients as well as filming the program in order to produce two videos for United Way.

School Book Project

Our interns worked alongside Central Academy of the Arts and Mrs. Bogan’s 2nd grade class in creating their own class book. Together, we decided upon the topic of Endangered Species for the book. After that, interns visited the classroom twice and guided the students in their research of their species in order to create a short story and illustration. At the end of the semester, the team sent the books to the students so they could celebrate becoming a published author!

First Baptist Church of Clemson

Our team worked with the leadership of the First Baptist Church of Clemson to develop a strategic social media plan for their use. The team completed an audit of the church’s online presences to find strengths and weaknesses and then incorporated the findings into a draft of the strategic plan. By the end of the semester, they produced a finalized strategic plan as well as a social calendar template that the church can use moving forward.

Call My Name Project

This semester, interns continued to work with Dr. Rhondda Thomas on her project “Call My Name: The Making of the Black Clemson Community.” They created graphics and videos about the different generations featured which were shared on the Call My Name social media accounts. These ads received a lot of attention and the Pearce Center was excited to be a part of the unveiling of this very important exhibition!

English Unbound

Interns released monthly email newsletters to the Clemson English faculty, students and alumni. From fun infographics such as ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’ to profiles on successful alumni, engaging students and stellar professors, the newsletters shared a glimpse into what makes the Clemson English Department special. Team members gain experience interviewing, writing and editing articles.

UPIC Magazine

This year, our UPIC Magazine team set out to create a publication that showcased several of our campus interns and mentors in the UPIC program. The team interviewed individuals, drafted articles and edited photographs for the magazine. Interns also worked on creating the design for the magazine that will eventually be published. The team completed a total of 20 interviews to celebrate 2020. We are excited to see the finished product soon.

Emerson Rose Heart Foundation

The Emerson Rose Heart Foundation is a new client to the Pearce Center. The team is currently working on several different marketing materials for their social media, as well as a marketing packet that they will distribute to the hospitals they partner with. Interns also created a video highlighting the amazing work they do. Follow our social media at @emersonroseheart to follow the amazing work of this organization!

CU Navigate

CU Navigate is an app to schedule advising appointments, complete to-dos and be an easy resource for Clemson students and faculty. Our team worked to create presentations students can view at orientation to show the benefits of the app. They also made two more presentations, one for orientation ambassadors and the other for faculty learning how to use the app. The team also worked on providing mockups for a website redesign.

Helping Hands of Clemson

The Pearce Center Interns worked with Helping Hands of Clemson this semester by producing marketing materials for their store. The interns designed three products for Helping Hands: brochures, hanging signs and posters. Interns also helped design a logo and create branding guidelines for the client. We are looking forward to seeing the final products in their store and to see how our marketing efforts have assisted their communication strategies.