Undergraduate Plan for a Career

With a commitment to the career plans and professional development of all undergraduates the University of Southern California has created the “Undergraduate Plan for a Career” to offer career advising for all undergraduate students in a coordinated, technology-supported, high-touch, and progressive fashion.

The initiative is sponsored by the president and provost and supported by the deans of USC’s schools. The plan creates an undergraduate student experience that is unique to USC and leads undergraduate students to explore options, complete internships, consider after-graduation plans such as employment, fellowships, and professional or graduate school options. Regardless of major, all students will have access to the most current and accessible building blocks for their post-USC launch.

Steps in the Career Development Process

  1. Assess
    • Skills & abilities
    • Motivations
    • Interests
    • Values
    • Temperament
    • Experience
    • Accomplishments
  2. Explore
    • Career and/or Graduate School Information
    • Objectives
    • Targets (alumni, mentors, professional associations)
    • Alternatives/Career clusters
    • Internships/Research
  3. Develop Skills
    • Conduct research
    • Resumes & cover letters, personal statements
    • Explore prospects
    • Conduct informational interviews
    • Mock interviews
    • Research salaries and/or graduate school funding
  4. Implement Job Search/Grad School
    • Research
    • Prospects
    • Networking
    • Informational interviews
    • Formal interviews
    • Grad/Professional School applications
    • Fellowships
    • Salary negotiations

University-Wide Approach to Career Development

The Undergraduate Plan for a Career is accomplished through enhanced connections between students and the four groups that primarily support career planning and student mentoring – faculty, academic advisers, career counselors and alumni. The entire USC community of central and school-based career services together with academic advisers, faculty members and alumni become the purveyors of the program.

USC has uniquely transformed the approach to career development from an office which a student may, or may not, visit to an integrated approach within the undergraduate student experience.

Key Components to the Undergraduate Plan for a Career

Professional Pathway Courses

Annenberg School for Communications – COMM 494

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences – SSEM 200

Marshall School of Business – BUAD 252

Viterbi School of Engineering – ENGR 499


Internships are an important part of the undergraduate experience and a critical component to after-graduation plans. USC offers students many opportunities to intern. These include:

Career Planning & Resources In-Service

Faculty members, academic advisers, career counselors, as well as other members of the Trojan community, are invited to participate in a series of year-round in-service workshops highlighting the most current technologies, resources, and information related to career development. Participants who complete all in-service workshops within a two-year period are eligible to receive a “Career Planning & Resources Certificate” to document this level of expertise.

Career Exploration / Assessment

Main Gateway for Student Career Engagement

Internships and Diversity Programs

Career Access Resources Library, Vault.com, and more

Connecting Students with Alumni and Services for Alumni

Events, Fairs, and More News