The USC Career Center is committed to working in the best interest of the USC students. We encourage organizations and their recruiters to abide by the standards of the Department of Labor and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
What is an internship?
The USC Career Center understands that students may wish to pursue internships during their collegiate career. A professional internship should meet the following criteria:
- Offer the opportunity to work on a specific project with a designated manager/supervisor
- Provide training, either formal or on-the job
- Participate in rotational assignments through different departments to gain an understanding of the “big picture”
- Network with other members of the organization
- Receive performance feedback and mentorship
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recommends the following definition:
“An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”
*Please note: Students enroll in an internship course for the academic component. There is no connection between the course and whether or not the sponsoring organization meets the legal requirements for an unpaid internship. The organization, and not the University, is solely responsible for ensuring that the internship meets these requirements.
The Explore@4 series is a fantastic, new career program that connects students with top professionals/USC Alumni in various career fields in an interactive, intimate setting.