- Role of an Internship
- Internship Details
- Securing an Internship
- Summer Internship Scholarships
- Internship Etiquette
- Courses for Internships
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.
- During an academic semester or summer; a minimum of six weeks
- 8-15 hours/week (Full-time internships offered during the summer)
- 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:
- Getting Started
- Applying for an Internship
- Searching for Internships
- Staying Organized
- USC Career Center’s Summer Programs
- Interview Tips
- Reviewing the Internship Process
In addition, we provide access to local, regional, and international opportunities through the following resources:
- Investigate Industries and Internships (i3) – Explore career options and submit your resume for available internships.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Recruiting Night – Connect with hiring recruiters from a myriad of various organizations. Check our calendar for the date.
- iNet Internship Consortium – Access to hundreds of nationwide internships. For access, visit the Resources tab in connectSC.
- Career and Internship Connections (CIC) – Attend the annual job and internship fairs in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.
- Global Fellows Internship Program – Live and work in Asia for at least eight weeks during the summer.
Summer Internship Scholarships
We offer two monetary awards to students who secure unpaid internships:
- USC Dream Dollars Program – for students interning at non-profit or government organizations.
- First Generation Scholarship – funding for students who are the first in their family to attend college.
- First Generation College Student Mentor Program – gain perspective and direction while fostering an in-person relationship with a first-generation alum.
- Career Network – expand your professional network and seek an alumni mentor.
- 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.