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.
Meet the Fall 2021 Pearce Interns
I’m a senior English major with a sociology minor, and this is my first semester at the Pearce Center. I’m president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities ambassador and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Hello! I am a junior from Charlotte, N.C. I am obsessed with all things Clemson tradition, interior design and DIY. On Saturdays you can find me on the sidelines cheering for the Tigers, and on a rainy day you can find me curled up with a good read.
Hello! I am a senior double major in communication and French. This is my second semester at the Pearce Center. I am involved in Alpha Chi Omega, Fraternity and Sorority Life DEI Ambassadors, Call My Name Student Advisory Board and It’s On Us.
Communication & French
I am a senior marketing major and brand communications minor from Northampton, Mass., and this is my second semester at the Pearce Center. My dream job is to work in public relations. I am involved in Delta Sigma Pi, CUMA, Chi Omega and Women in Business.
Hello! I am a junior communication major and brand communications minor, and this is my third semester with the Pearce Center. On campus, I am also involved in Cadency, a student-led branding agency, PRSSA and Delta Delta Delta sorority.
I am a senior from Mills River, N.C., and this is my third semester as an intern for the Pearce Center. As an English major minoring in communication and brand communications, I enjoy reading, writing, graphic design and journalism.
Hello! I’m from Lake Norman, N.C., and I am a senior communication major and English minor. This is my first semester at the Pearce Center. I love to spend my down time either reading or writing, but both without a doubt, paired with a coffee.
I am a senior English major and creative writing minor from Mount Pleasant, S.C. This is my first semester at the Pearce Center, and I’m excited to learn how to use my passion for writing in professional settings. I enjoy spending time outdoors or with friends.
Hello everyone! I am a senior communication major with a film studies minor. I am from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and this is my fourth semester at the Pearce Center. I love hiking and movies. I am involved in hiking club, TigerLive Entertainment, WSBF Radio and PPGA.
I am a senior communication major with a minor in nonprofit leadership. This is my second semester with the Peace Center! I enjoy reading and swimming when the weather is nice! My favorite genre to read and watch is historical fiction.
I am a senior English and marketing double major and French studies minor from Huntsville, Ala., and this is my third semester at the Pearce Center. I’m interested in writing, editing, design and digital marketing. I also enjoy reading and going to concerts!
English & Marketing
I am a senior from Richmond, Va., and this is my fourth semester as a Pearce Center intern! As a marketing major and brand communications minor, I am interested in graphic design, branding, copywriting, communication and public relations.
Pearce Intern Reflections
One of the most important lessons that this internship has taught me over the past four semesters is how to conduct myself professionally when working with clients. I have had the opportunity to work for a variety of on- and off-campus clients, including the First Baptist Church of Clemson, Helping Hands of Clemson, the English Department, the UPIC Program and the Pearce Center itself.
For these projects, I not only had to maintain a high level of professionalism and organization, but I also had to cater my work to the client’s specific goals and objectives. These experiences enriched my skills as a communications professional and improved my marketability when applying for jobs.
The Pearce Center helped me realize where my professional interests lie by allowing me to explore a variety of projects. Before this internship, I knew that I was interested in digital marketing (and particularly in social media), but I had limited experience in that area. Through working at the Pearce Center, I have been exposed to so many different aspects of digital marketing, from website design to social media management to content marketing. All of the projects I have worked on have enhanced my skills in digital marketing.
When we were still able to work in person, I had a moment at the Pearce Center that I don’t think I will ever forget. I was sitting at one of the desks in the Class of 1941 Studio working on a deliverable on my laptop. As I worked, I kept track of the time to make sure I was not late for my afternoon class. Around the time I had to leave, I had a pretty major realization: If I could do the type of work I was assigned at the Pearce Center all day instead of going to class, I would because I genuinely loved it. Before working at the Pearce Center, I didn’t have a concrete idea of what direction I wanted to take my career. This internship helped me discover my interest in agency-style work and figure out my goals for the future, and I can’t explain how important that has been for me.
I am beyond grateful to have had this opportunity, and I know that the Pearce Center has given me a solid foundation of skills to begin my professional career after I graduate. I am so excited to see where I can go from here!
Roxie Ware (2020-2021)
It is hard to put into words what the
Pearce Center has given me as an intern. I remember receiving an email from my
marketing professor sophomore year about the internship and spontaneously deciding to apply. Calling my parents with the news of my first college job made the internship worthwhile already, but the Pearce Center has continuously given me valuable experiences and fun memories since my first day walking into the Class of 1941 Studio.
As a student, I never considered myself a great communicator; English was always my hardest subject, and writing was not a strong skill that I possessed. Thinking that my Pearce Center internship would be mostly marketing and graphic design, I never thought this would be an issue I had to overcome.
The Pearce Center pushed me outside of my comfort zone in the best way possible. I never felt intimidated about the amount of writing that I would be doing but was eased into the practice of writing articles and publishing blogs. Prior to my internship, I had never led an interview and had no idea how to act from this new perspective. Nonetheless, Addison Cox, one of my fellow interns, walked me through the process and helped grow my confidence to ultimately conduct many more interviews on my own, never shy to ask questions or hesitant about my capabilities as the
interviewer. Additionally, I had an amazing team of editors that offered constructive feedback along the way to help my article drafts. My writing and verbal communication is far from perfect but has much improved since my first blog post about taking risks and my first time interviewing a UPIC mentor, just one year ago.
The Pearce Center has allowed me to work with a wide range of clients, including nonprofits, Clemson University programs and surrounding community organizations. A few highlights include contributing to the UPIC Magazine as a writer, editor and graphic designer, leading the Habitat for Humanity team, helping the City of Walhalla’s local businesses and organizing several nonprofit social media calendars. To say that the Pearce Center has given me a vast amount of real-world experience in marketing and communications would be an understatement. I am beyond grateful for my past three semesters as an intern and cannot thank Ashley, Allison and Amanda enough for their continued support throughout my learning journey as a professional communicator.
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. Read more about each of the projects the interns are currently working on below.
Tiger Tales is a brand new project started by the Pearce Center that aims to spread positivity around the Clemson community through highlighting community members, projects and initiatives.
Goals: Establish awareness of this project throughout the Clemson community and be a safe space for people to turn to for positive news going on in their own community.
What we are most excited for: Getting to know the people who are changing the Clemson community for the better!
Deliverables: Social media posts and working on eventually launching a blog website
Interns on project: Ashley Baresich, Chase Meininger, Chandler Brown, Roxie Ware, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Katie Mann
Through our work with the Main Street Walhalla program, Pearce Interns are broadening Walhalla’s social media to include the town’s businesses and their events. Interns are also working on creating a new virtual walking tour of the town. They research, conduct social media marketing as well as building their website.
Goals: Branding, marketing, social media reach, analytics, website building, creation of a virtual walking tour and local outreach.
What we are most excited for: The virtual walking tour project.
Deliverables: Virtual walking tour and social media campaign
Interns on Project: Katie Mann, Delaney Niemeyer, Roxie Ware
English Unbound is the English Department’s monthly newsletter. The newsletter features different faculty and students to spotlight their accomplishments within the department, as well as highlight different opportunities that the department offers.
Goals: Write articles and create graphics that represent the people and opportunities within the department as a whole.
What we are most excited for: Getting to know more people within the English Department!
Deliverables: September, October, November and December graduation editions of English Unbound
Interns on project: Chandler Brown, Olivia Hanline, Acacia Bryant, Gabrielle White
Pickens County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. PCHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Goals: Use communicative means to help PCHFH gain outside interest through increased donations and volunteer hours.
Deliverables: Writing story-driven articles to contribute to the conclusion of the 40 in 40 article campaign highlighting the history and success of the affiliate in honor of their 40th anniversary.
What we are most excited for: We are excited to have our work professionally published.
Interns on project: Delaney Niemeyer, Katy Trawick, Jordan Sims, Gabrielle White
Emerson Rose Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the future for those affected by congenital heart defects by providing support to families in need, advancing patient care and medical research and increasing awareness about the most common birth defect in the world.
Goals: Raise awareness of congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the world, and assist in the promotion of ERHF as a brand to increase its reach.
What we are most excited for: Getting to to help a foundation that does so much for the medical community of South Carolina
Deliverables: Social media posts, website audit, newsletter and blog posts
Interns on project: Elizabeth O’Donnell, Ashley Baresich, Delaney Niemeyer, Acacia Bryant
The Clemson UPIC program is home to over 900 student internships on campus each year. Pearce Center interns are responsible for creating the annual UPIC Magazine with article features on program mentors and student interns. This year marks UPIC’s 10th Anniversary as a program, and we are excited to highlight this noteworthy milestone in this year’s magazine!
Goals: Interview UPIC interns and mentors, write and edit articles and ultimately tell the stories of Clemson students and professors who are actively pursuing and advancing professional development opportunities on campus.
What we are most excited for: This year’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Event that will be happening next spring!
Deliverables: The 11th Edition UPIC Magazine
Interns on project: Katie Mann, Roxie Ware, Ashley Baresich, Chandler Brown, Chase Meininger, Gabrielle White, Katy Trawick
FBC is a an inclusive community of faith that seeks to worship, glorify and serve God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, both locally and globally.
Goals: Develop FBC’s social media presence to build community and allow their social platforms to be utilized as a resource, educating others on their values and ways to get involved.
What we are most excited for: Working with the FBC ministers to create ministry features on Instagram and Facebook.
Deliverables: In-feed Instagram and Facebook video posts and Highlight Reel series.
Interns on project: Jordan Sims, Chase Meininger
The Pearce Digital Marketing team intends to increase awareness and numerical following surrounding the Pearce Center accounts and expand its digital presence.
Goals: Maintain the Pearce Center’s social accounts with at least three posts per week, increase follower count and maintain and update the Pearce Center website.
What we are most excited for: Engaging the Clemson community and showcasing all of the cool things we get to be a part of through the Pearce Center.
Deliverables: Weekly social media posts for Facebook and Instagram and weekly blog posts.
Interns on project: Olivia Hanline, Jordan Sims, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acacia Bryant, Delaney Niemeyer
The aim of the journal Tigra Scientifica is to make primary scientific literature accessible to general interested audiences.
Goals: Design magazines with articles written by Tigra Scientifica articles.
What we are most excited for: The opportunity to showcase the Tigra writers’ best work!
Deliverables: Compiling articles together in a magazine format for readers to have easier access to them.
Interns on project: Katy Trawick, Olivia Hanline, Gabrielle White
Pearce Interns work on several campus and community publications such as the UPIC Magazine, English Unbound and Habitat for Humanity’s newsletter. Interns write, edit, design and help print/publish several of these publications.
Pearce Interns publish the UPIC magazine, which highlights the on-campus internship program at Clemson University. Interns gain valuable writing and editing skills. In 2021, they interviewed several mentors and mentees and are excited this program gets to continue.
Pearce Center Annual Report
The Annual Report documents all the programs, projects and events the Pearce Center has participated in for that academic year. Pearce Interns work to write and edit the report, and beginning in 2020-2021, the VID Interns took over the design of the report.
School Book Project
To encourage young students to read, the Pearce Interns help elementary classes write and publish their very own book. The interns work with students to help write and illustrate a story before assembling the book and giving it to the students at a celebration.
Pearce Interns work with Dr. Lesly Temesvari to help create new layout designs for Tigra Scientifica, a journal written by Clemson undergraduate students to help communicate new scientific research to a general audience. Interns are also working on creating the first print version of the journal in several years.