- When Does OCR Begin?
- Who Recruits at USC?
- Getting Started
- Searching for Jobs/Internships
- Applying for Positions
- Reviewing Your Application Status
- Before, During, and After Your Interview
- Evaluating an Offer
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at USC are eligible to participate. Alumni are not eligible. An exception is made for December graduates who are able to participate during the Spring semester following their graduation.
When Does OCR Begin?
Fall 2017 Dates
September 11 – November 17, 2017
Spring 2018 Dates
January 22 – April 13, 2018
OCR Contracts will be processed beginning August 1, 2017.
Who Recruits at USC
Top companies and organizations within business, technology, fashion/retail, consumer products and nonprofit recruit through OCR. View a list of companies that have recruited at USC.
- Create a connectSC account.
- Submit an OCR Contract.
- Upload your resume into connectSC under the “Documents” tab. You can also upload other employment-related documents, such as cover letters and unofficial transcripts. Be sure to select an appropriate “Default” resume.
- Meet with a career counselor or internship adviser for help with your resume or cover letter during drop-in hours.
Searching for Jobs/Internships
- Go to “Jobs and Internships” –> “Advanced Search” –> “Show Me” and select one of the following:
- Interviews I Qualify For: This search will only display qualified interview schedules.
- All Interviews: This search will display all OCR opportunities, both qualifying and non-qualifying.
- Screening Criteria: Provides information on the desired applicant type, major(s), graduation dates, and work authorization for the position. Applicant type refers to the status of your OCR Contract.
- Check this section often as new schedules will become available throughout the semester.
Applying for Positions
- Review the “How to Apply” section for additional application instructions, such as applying through a company website or instructions on submitting documents.
- Submit an application by clicking “Apply.” You will then be directed to submit the required files from your “Documents.”
- Applicants that do not qualify for a position, but have the desired skills/experience listed in the job description, are encouraged to email the contact listed in the schedule a brief introduction along with a resume and cover letter. If the recruiter is interested in adding the applicant to the schedule they will contact the Employer Relations and Research team.
- To update a previously submitted document go to “Interviews” –> “Requested Interviews” –> select the three dots on the right next to the position and select “Withdraw.”
Reviewing Your Application Status
- Applicants will be notified of one of the following statuses under the “Interviews” tab:
- Preselect: Selected for an interview and must sign up during the preselection sign-up period and before the alternate sign-up date to guarantee an interview time slot.
- Alternate: Selected as a backup and is not guaranteed an interview time slot. Alternates can only sign up during the alternate sign-up period.
- Not Invited: Unfortunately, the applicant has not been selected for an interview.
- Schedule an Interview: Go to “Schedule Interview” and select an available time slot that fits your schedule.
- Decline an Interview: Go to “Decline Interview” to notify the Career Center that you are no longer interested in interviewing for this position. This will allow another student to sign up for the available time slot.
- Cancel an Interview: Go to “Unschedule Interview.” Cancellations received after the cancellation deadline will be marked as a no-show and access to OCR/connectSC will be removed.
Before, During, and After Your Interview
- Trojan Talks: Attend a Trojan Talk session to learn more about a company and meet some of their key employees.
NOTE: Resumes of students that attend a Trojan Talk will be sent to the employer. Please make sure to update your default resume in connectSC.
- Mock Interviews: Use the mock interview module of connectSC to prepare for your upcoming interview. Video record yourself answering interview questions and get feedback on how to improve your interview skills.
- Prepare for your interview.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early before your interview in professional attire (two-piece matching suit).
- Interviews are conducted at various locations. Review the “Interview Location” section of the schedule for details.
- Career Center, Student Union Building (STU), Lower Level Room B1.
- Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services, Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH), Room 218.
- Vera and Peter Dauterive Hall, LL105/106 Interview Suites
- Write a thank-you email after each interview.
Evaluating an Offer
Congratulations on reaching this point in the hiring process!
- Evaluate and Negotiate an Offer
- Review the Job Offer Policies & Guidelines
- Meet with a career counselor or internship adviser during drop-in hours or schedule an appointment.
For additional assistance, visit the Career Center’s Interview Center located in the Student Union Building, Room B1, call (213) 740-9105, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, Engineering On-Campus Recruiting is facilitated by Viterbi Career Services through the Viterbi Career Gateway.