Learn about Internships

securing an internship

Sections:

Internships provide hands-on, industry experience and the opportunity to make connections with professionals in their prospective career fields.

Role of an Internship

Internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.

Through an internship, you can:

  • Solidify your career goals and develop an understanding of the type of working environment, field, and industry you prefer.
  • Obtain job-related skills and experiences that will enhance your qualifications for future opportunities.

Internship Details:

Length

  • During an academic semester or summer; a minimum of six weeks

Hours

  • 8-15 hours/week (Full-time internships offered during the summer)

Academic Credit

  • Please speak with your organizational supervisor/Human Resources department. USC offers multiple courses for internships and the MDA 250 course is open to students in all majors. You must already have secured an internship to obtain D-clearance.

Securing An Internship

Consider reviewing these videos to implement key strategies as you prepare to apply for an internship:

In addition, we provide access to local, regional, and international opportunities through the following resources:

Summer Internship Scholarships

We offer two monetary awards to students who secure unpaid internships:

Mentorship

Internship Etiquette

  • Remain professional in your communication and interactions with your employer. Conduct yourself in a manner that is consistent with the USC SCampus Guidelines regarding University Student Conduct Code.
  • Treat your internship like a three-month interview. Be open-minded and receptive to feedback, as it can help you grow and develop professionally.
  • Take initiative and ask for more work if you are not busy with alternative assignments. You might learn something new or identify a skill set that has yet to be discovered.

Courses for Internships

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