Until our launch, we are on a learning journey for how to provide the best possible experience for our guests and our employees. This blog is meant to share learnings and stories from people and organizations who inspire us as we prepare to offer authentic hospitality to all who enter our doors.

Clemson LIFE Work Rotations

In late 2020, we built a model room for The Shepherd Hotel. The room allows us to refine the look and feel of the room to achieve the high quality offering we are excited for guests to experience. 

The model room also gives ClemsonLIFE students a place to train to work in the hotel prior to opening. This semester, we were able to host the freshmen work rotations. The purpose of the rotations is to give freshmen the opportunity to experience different industries before choosing their sophomore internships. 

Shepherd Hotel Co-Founder Rick Hayduk introducing the hotel to students on their first day of their rotation

We are lucky that each of the freshmen spend three weeks (six days) getting to know what it will be like to work in the hotel. By the time they are making their junior internship decisions, we hope this experience will lead them to work at The Shepherd Hotel.

Freshman Jessica teaching her peers how to make the bed

Of course, testing the room wouldn't be complete without making sure everything we offer is the best standard for our guests, including ensuring we have the most comfortable beds in Pickens County.

Two students testing out the beds, which were generously sponsored by Vicosoft