Learn About Internships

securing an internship


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

Role of an Internship

Integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Students can:

  • 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.

Internship Details:


  • During an academic semester or summer; a minimum of 6 weeks


  • 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 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:

In addition, the Career Center provides access to local, regional and international opportunities through the following resources:

Summer Internship Scholarships

USC Career Center’s offers 2 monetary awards who students who secure unpaid internships:


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.

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