Internships

The Career Center provides resources for you to learn about internship opportunities and interact with recruiters. If you’re not sure how to approach your internship search, take some time to assess what you want and explore your options. Once you have decided on your internship plans, it is recommended that you utilize multiple internship search strategies to maximize your efforts.

Online

connectSC

Browse through thousands of job, internship, & on-campus recruiting (OCR) listings. Filter by Position Type to search for Paid and Unpaid Internship listings.

In the connectSC Resources tab, access industry specific job boards

  • ARTSEARCH
  • BridgeWorldwide Music Consortium
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
  • GoinGlobal (Domestic and International Internships)
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs

iNet Internship Consortium

Review hundreds of nationwide opportunities shared by eleven, selective, private universities. Filter by Location to identify listings in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and more.

Online Internship Search Sites

If you’re considering expanding your internship search, you may want to utilize the following sites to identify more job opportunities:

  • Experience.com
  • Idealist (For Nonprofit positions)
  • Indeed
  • InternQueen.com
  • Internships.com
  • Mediabistro.com (For Media/Marketing positions)
  • SimplyHired
  • View Career Access Resource Library (CARL) for additional industry specific internship sites

Networking

An effective approach to developing internship leads is through networking. Consider these strategies:

  • Reconnect with your existing contacts (family, friends, classmates, mentors) and inform them know your internship search.
  • Speak to your professors or mentors and inquire about potential opportunities or resources.
  • Reach out to USC alumni through the connectSC Career Network for professional advice or informational interviews.
  • Develop new contacts at networking mixers or online at Linkedin.com. Check your academic department, student organization or school-based career services for upcoming networking events.

Check our Calendar for these upcoming events/workshops:

Internship Week (Fall & Spring)

Moderated industry panels featuring employers looking to hire internships. Includes a networking session where you can speak directly to employers and share your resume. Be sure to find past Internship Week contact sheets in connectSC within the Resources tab, under the Online Resources and Handouts feature and then scroll to the bottom of the list to find a spreadsheet of key organizational contacts.

Securing an Internship Workshop (Fall & Spring)

This workshop walks you through the steps for identifying, applying, interviewing, and maximizing your internship. You’ll also learn how to create your own internship opportunity.

Maximizing your Internship (Spring)
This workshop provides examples on how to make the most of your experience, while becoming an all-star intern.
On-Campus Recruiting Program (OCR)
Our OCR program attracts companies from a variety of industries looking to hire for both entry level positions & internships. It is a convenient opportunity for students to interview on-campus in the Career Center’s interview rooms.
Eligibility
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at USC are eligible to participate in OCR.
Who Recruits through OCR
Top companies within business, technology, fashion/retail, consumer products & nonprofit recruit through OCR. For more information, refer to this list of companies who have recruited at USC through OCR or Career Fairs.
When Companies Recruit
OCR takes place during Fall & Spring semesters. Check connectSC regularly as OCR opportunities are added throughout Fall & Spring semesters. Please note, many internship & full-time OCR opportunities in accounting, management consulting, & investment banking start to take place during Fall semester.
Getting Started
  1. Complete your connectSC Profile.
  2. Review our OCR policies and sign the OCR Contract.

Please note, engineering students have additional on-campus recruiting opportunities through the Viterbi Career Services Office. Please visit their website for more information on Viterbi connectSC and OCR. We recommend engineering students to utilize both the Career Center and Viterbi Career Services for OCR.

How to Apply
Refer to our Guide to OCR for instructions.

Questions? Review our OCR FAQs. You can also call our Employer Relations office at (213) 740-9105 for further assistance.

Career Fairs

The Career Center hosts a Career Fair during F/all & Spring semesters. Employers participate in the Career Fair to recruit for full-time and internship opportunities. Students are expected to dress in professional attire and bring copies of their resumes.

To view a list of employers participating in our Career Fair, log into connectSC and click “Career Events” in the Events tab. Refer to our Career Fair Tips handout for more guidance.

For industry specific career fairs, please refer to your school-based career services.

Employer Information Sessions
Take advantage of company info sessions, where employers will conduct a presentation on their organization & open positions. It is a great opportunity for students to network with recruiters & often times USC alumni who work in their organization. Students are expected to dress professionally to info sessions. To view upcoming info sessions, visit our Calendar or the Events tab in connectSC.

Internship Programs

Global Fellows Internship Program

This summer internship program is a great opportunity for students to develop international work experience in Asia.

For more information and to apply, please visit our Global Fellows Internships page.

Eligibility

Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors grading in December.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Open to all majors.

First-Generation College Student Mentor Program

A mentor program for USC undergraduate students wholse parent(s) did not aquire a bacehlor's degree. Studnets will be paried up with USC alumni who were also first-generation college students, who will help explore careers, concerns, and assist with profressional development. Requires a one-year commitment.

Dream Dollars Scholarship

A unique scholarship program for undergraduate students who receive unpaid internships with a non-profit or government organization.

Eligibility

  • Must maintain good academic standing
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC with a graduation date between December 2014 and May 2017
  • Must have internship prior to applying for Dream Dollars

Courses for Internships

Some employers require that you register for an internship course for the academic component. Please refer to Courses for Internships for specific course listings by major. Keep in mind the add deadline to register for a course for each semester and any prerequisites or requirments set by the department.

Internship Search Tips

  • Have your resume and cover letter reviewed prior to applying for internships. Make sure they are tailored for the specific internship you're applying for.
  • Save a copy of the internship description for future reference. It could be helpful for interview preparation.
  • Make sure to submit all the requested documents and that you submit the correct documents on time
  • Follow-up with the organizations after you ahve submitted your materials. Contacting them after 10-14 days of applying is a good rule-of-thumb or post-application deadline.
  • Be polite and clear in your communication with recruiters. Keep track of your phone calls and emails.
  • Be aware of fradulent internship postings. Review our Safe Job Search Tips for guidance.