Time is a rare commodity for collegiate scholar-athletes, leaving a problem in need of a solution. P.A.W. Journey doesn’t allow the scarcity of time to become an excuse not to develop the necessary career skills its students need to be successful in the workplace.

The Answer? Micro-Internships.

P.A.W. Journey’s 5th Quarter Micro-Internship program connects its scholar-athletes to industry-leading companies to learn and explore career interests. Through micro-internships, we collaboratively create intensive opportunities that offer our student leaders an arena to showcase their cross-industry intangibles while refining their skills in practical corporate settings.


In 2022, P.A.W. Journey partnered with 12 companies, totaling 43 internships, in South Carolina, New York, Montana and Birmingham, UK. providing our students with professional development opportunities.

  • NFL
  • The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert
  • Credit Suisse
  • Segars Ranch
  • First Rate
  • Elliott Realty
  • Lima One
  • LyonJay
  • Synnex
  • Adobe
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Cisco


Keeping safety in mind, P.A.W. Journey adapted the micro-internship model in 2021 to feature both virtual opportunities and local companies.

In-Person Partners:

  • Pepsico
  • TaylorMade
  • Northwestern Mutual

Virtual Partners:

  • Adobe
  • Synnex
  • Cisco

“I got to meet great people of high character, learn about what each person’s role is in the building, and learn new tools on how to be prepared for the real world after college. I’m beyond grateful for Northwestern Mutual letting me tag along and to learn from the best!”

-Brannon Spector, Northwestern Mutual

“I was shown the manufacturing and marketing sides of the company which gave me insight on how to truly run one of the largest companies in the world. I met incredible people along the way and truly appreciate the opportunity to grow my knowledge on the corporate world”

-Ruke Orhorhoro, Pepsico

COVID-19 Message

Despite having to postpone due to COVID-19 in 2020, P.A.W. Journey partnered with 15 companies to provide a total of 40 internships. These internships spanned 2 countries and 12 states to offer career development opportunities of a lifetime for our students, while also providing opportunities to 6 of Clemson’s Olympic sports scholar-athletes. We thank our corporate partners and look forward to the future marketplace engagement of our students!

P.A.W. Journey has adapted from the traditional in-person internships to continued, virtual internships for May of 2021. As interviews for these internships are underway with our scholar-athletes, we want to sincerely thank our corporate partners for their innovation and commitment to the development of our students:

  • Adobe
  • Service Now
  • Facebook
  • Cisco

Internal Internships

Best is the Standard is a sentiment echoed throughout the Allen N. Reeves Football Operations building. With high-performing, nationally recognized departments within our walls, P.A.W. Journey created internship opportunities within Clemson and Clemson Football. Here, our –scholar-athletes are able to learn the behind-the-scenes work that propels a National Championship caliber team. Through knowledge and project based rotationals, our young leaders have the opportunity to intern with the following departments this Spring and Summer:

  • All In Foundation
  • Clemson Applied Science Lab
  • Clemson University Athletic Department
  • Creative Solutions
  • Equipment
  • Nutrition
  • Recruiting
  • Clemson University’s President’s Office
  • Football Operations & Security
  • Sports Medicine
  • Strength & Conditioning