- Role of an Internship
- Internship Details
- Securing an Internship
- Summer Internship Scholarships
- Internship Etiquette
Role of an Internship
Integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
- Solidify career goals and offer an understanding to 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 6 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 in order 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, the Career Center provides 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 an 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
USC Career Center’s offers 2 monetary awards who students who secure unpaid internships:
- USC Dream Dollars Program – interning at non-profit or government organizations
- First Generation Scholarship – funding for 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 an 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.