To Get Started, View this Short Video:
- When Does OCR Begin?
- Who Recruits at USC?
- Getting Started
- Searching for Jobs/Internships
- Applying for Positions
- Reviewing Your Application Status
- OCR FAQs
- Before, During, and After Your Interview
- Evaluating an Offer
Currently enrolled USC undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Alumni and students on a leave of absence 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 Take Place?
Fall 2021 Dates
September 8 – November 19, 2021*
Spring 2022 Dates
January 26 – April 15, 2022*
Who Recruits at USC?
Top organizations within business, technology, fashion/retail, media and entertainment, and consumer products, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations recruit through OCR. View a list of employers that recruited USC students last year.
- Create a connectSC account.
- Review the Professional Integrity Contract in connectSC for the policies you must abide by during your participation.
- Upload your resume into connectSC under “Documents” –> “My Documents.” 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 or internship advisor for help with your resume or cover letter during drop-in hours.
Searching for Jobs/Internships within OCR
- Go to “Jobs and Internships” –> “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 virtual OCR opportunities, both qualifying and non-qualifying.
- Screening Criteria: All interview schedules are restricted by the following criteria: major, graduation date, degree, and work authorization. You will need to meet all of these requirements to be able to apply.
- Review this section often as new schedules will become available throughout the semester. Also, all interview schedules are time sensitive. Keep track of the resume submission deadlines so you do not miss out.
Applying for Positions
- Submit an application by clicking “Apply.” You will be directed to submit the required files from your “Documents.”
- Review the “How to Apply” section for additional application instructions, such as applying through an employer website or instructions on submitting documents.
- Applicants that do not qualify for a position, but have the desired skills and 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 recruiters are interested in adding the applicant to the schedule they will contact the Employer Engagement team.
- To update a previously submitted document go to “Interviews” –> “Requested Interviews” –> click the three dots on the right, next to the position and select “Withdraw Resume.” Applications can only be withdrawn when the resume submission period is open.
Reviewing Your Application Status
- Applicants will be notified of their status under the “Interviews” tab:
- Invited: 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 sign up only during the alternate sign-up period.
- Not Invited: Not 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 us 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 “Cancel.” Cancellations received after the cancellation deadline go against the Professional Integrity Contract and you will be marked as a no-show and access to OCR, connectSC, and Handshake will be disabled through the end of the subsequent academic semester.
For more information about cancelling an interview or our No-Show policy, check out the OCR FAQs.
Before, During, and After Your Interview
- You should avoid missing class to interview, attend Virtual Trojan Talks, or other recruitment events. You should coordinate with your professor if any absences are unavoidable.
- Attend a Virtual Trojan Talk to learn more about an employer, the organization’s culture, and insights that can help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Virtual Trojan Talks usually take place during the resume submission period and provide you an opportunity to make a great impression with key employees involved in the recruiting process.
- Mock Interviews: Use Big Interview, our online mock interview platform, 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.
- Log on and test the internet connection at least 10-15 minutes before your interview. Remember to dress in professional attire (two-piece matching suit).
- Creating a favorable environment, taking into consideration lighting, positioning, and background.
- Looking at the camera on the computer, not the screen to give a better impression of making eye contact.
- Turn off your cell phone during interview and ensure full attention.
- Approach interactions with employers with care and professionalism.
- Write a personalized thank-you email after any interview to each interviewer.
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 or internship advisor during drop-in hours or schedule an appointment.
The Engineering On-Campus Recruiting Program is facilitated by the Viterbi Career Connections through the Viterbi Career Gateway.
For more information, check out the OCR FAQs.