Review Job/Internship Search TipsNow that you have explored your career options, the next step is to market yourself to organizations of interest and seek practical experience through job and internship opportunities.
Applying for Jobs/Internships
When Should You ApplyMost organizations are looking for candidates to fill an immediate opening. This typically means you should be applying the semester prior to the anticipated start date. Similarly, most internship recruitment occurs a semester in advance. However, depending on the industry/organization you are targeting, you may have to apply even earlier. Refer to the guide below for a general timeline. (Note: This may not apply to every organization, so please do your research!)
Fall Spring Summer Students looking for Spring and Summer internships, and full-time entry level jobs (all industries) Students looking for Summer internships, and full-time entry level jobs (all industries) Students looking for Fall internships (all industries)
Where to Find Job/Internship Opportunities
- Search connectSC for thousands of job, internship, and on-campus recruiting (OCR) listings. In the “Resources” tab, access industry-specific job boards including:
- Attend a Trojan Talk to network with recruiters and alumni
- Search organization websites for current job openings
- Use sites such as Handshake, indeed.com, simplyhired.com, or idealist.org (for nonprofit jobs) to search for openings
- Join student organizations or professional associations for networking opportunities
- Find on-campus student jobs
- Search for jobs and find more resources on LinkedIn
- Search for freelance jobs on Experfy
Develop LeadsIn addition to searching and applying to online job/internship listings, you can find a job or internship through your network. Consider the following strategies:
- Contact your network (family, friends, professors, supervisors, and mentors) and let them know that you are looking for a job/internship. Inquire about potential opportunities and ask for connections and leads.
- Contact alumni within organizations you are targeting for advice using Trojan Network or LinkedIn.
- Follow up with contacts/recruiters with whom you have previously interacted for potential opportunities/advice.
Manage Your Job ApplicationsAs you submit applications, it is important to stay organized. Here are some tips to help you manage your job search:
- Have your resume and cover letter reviewed prior to applying for jobs. Make sure they are tailored for the specific job to which you are applying.
- Make sure to submit all the requested documents and submit them on time.
- Save a copy of the job description for future reference. Sometimes job postings are removed from job boards prior to interviews so it could be helpful for interview preparation.
- Keep track of deadlines and interview dates so you can follow up as appropriate. Creating an Excel spreadsheet is an easy way to keep everything organized.
- Manage your energy. Finding a job is a full-time job in itself! When it gets stressful, take a break.
- Be polite and clear in your communication with recruiters. Keep track of your phone calls and emails.
Highlighted Career Center Resources for Job SearchWe provide resources for you to learn about job opportunities and interact with recruiters. If you are not sure how to approach your job search, take some time to assess what you want and explore your options. Once you have decided on your career plans, it is recommended that you utilize multiple job search strategies to maximize your efforts.
Career FairsWe host career fairs during fall and spring semesters. Employers participate in career fairs to recruit for full-time and internship opportunities.
On-Campus Recruiting Program (OCR)Our OCR program attracts companies from a variety of industries looking to hire for entry-level positions and internships. It is a convenient opportunity for you to interview on-campus in our interview rooms.
HandshakeThrough this online portal, you can connect with employers hiring for internships, part-time, and full-time roles. Handshake provides you insightful information about numerous career paths by exploring roles, industries, and salary information.
Resume BookResume Books are designed to provide recruiters and hiring managers with exclusive access to resumes of USC students who are actively seeking job or internship opportunities.