Frequently Asked Questions
THIS PAGE PRESENTS QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
IF YOU CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, FEEL FREE TO COMPLETE OUR FACULTY CONTACT FORM HERE.
Students can look for positions on Viterbi Career Gateway
, visiting the organization’s website directly and reviewing a large variety of online job sites such as Indeed.com
. Furthermore, we suggest that students do not limit their search to online job postings and utilize their personal networks to obtain a referral. We also encourage students to take advantage of the various networking opportunities on-campus
We suggest all students start looking for employment opportunities as soon as they feel ready. The majority of employers start to recruit during the fall semester. In addition, employment opportunities that require special clearances can take place one to two years before the actual position start date. Students who start their search early are more likely to find internships and full-time positions post-graduation. It is important for students to learn a significant amount of career information before they start applying to positions. We suggest students review and utilize the career plan we created along with a variety of other online tools located on our website.
We provide a variety of programs and resources
that help students with their career development. However, the student must take the initiative to visit our center
and attend various events
each semester. We greatly appreciate all faculty who encourage their students to obtain career advising
or suggest student attendance at our events
Have discussions with your students on how their projects and class assignments prepare them for internships and full-time positions. In addition, you can utilize any of the class assignment templates we provide to faculty or complete our assignment contact form to develop a customized assignment.
A fair and equitable salary will depend on the field, industry, location of the position, student’s experience, start-up vs. for-profit employer, etc. It is best to utilize salary calculators
and research the organizations to understand the appropriate salary. We also suggest that students consult with our Career Advisers
to establish a strategy on how to evaluate and negotiate their job offers.
All International students will need to register for an internship course and and obtain course credit, regardless if the position is paid or not.
Domestic students are not required to obtain course credit unless their particular education program or the company they are working for requires it.
The amount of employment opportunities varies based on the needs of employers and their industry. Viterbi Career Gateway updates jobs and internships daily, Monday through Friday. Additionally, our department has a dedicated staff member to conduct outreach with employers who hire engineers. If you have any company contacts and/or suggestions for companies you want your students to connect with, please complete our Faculty Contact Form
to make the referral.
When an employer contacts you, you may deal with the employer directly if you are interested in developing a relationship. If you are not interested, do not believe the employer is the right fit for your students, classes, or research, or if you wish to have assistance with an employer, please refer the employer to our office.
You can also share our information with the employer by directing them to our website
. In addition, we have a dedicated staff person to work directly with employers for recruitment and student engagement requests.
We believe that faculty connecting students directly to employers is an excellent way to help students improve their networking skills and increasing their chances of landing an internship or job. However, faculty should be aware of the legal and ethical considerations
before they provide student referrals. We suggest that in addition to, or instead of directly referring students to employers, that the employer posts the position on Viterbi Career Gateway
. We review each position for compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) principles
. Furthermore, this process will open up employment opportunities for other qualified students.
Please complete our Faculty Contact Form
and we will do our best to connect you with the desired employer.
If you have a contact or familiar with an employer you would like to attend our career fair, please complete our Faculty Contact Form to let us know. Keep in mind that the Engineering Career Fair requires employers to pay registration fees as well as actively recruiting for positions to attend the event. In addition, the hiring needs of an employer can change each semester and they attend recruiting events based on those needs.
There are several ways faculty can develop a partnership with us. We suggest that all faculty review the resources on this website and complete our Faculty Contact Form to discuss what kind of partnership or collaboration they are looking for. Career Connections is always looking for new ways to engage Viterbi students with professional development and opportunities to connect students with gainful employment.
We understand that your class time is valuable and encourage all faculty to either briefly mention verbally and or provide our information on your course syllabus as a resource.
We would be happy to share and market your event with students. Please complete our Faculty Contact Form
and provide us your marketing materials or request further assistance.
If you provide a list of your students, we can easily confirm if they came into our office. We highly suggest that you complete our assignment contact form
so we can best prepare for your assignment.
On-campus interviews are limited due to time and space constraints. There is often far more qualified and highly skilled students then interview sessions available. We encourage students to meet with a Career Advisor
and utilize our various
resources to improve their chances for future on-campus interviews.
We are currently providing Viterbi Alumni access to Viterbi Career Gateway once they create an Alumni Account on ConnectSC. If they would like to meet with a Career Advisor, the USC Career Center offers USC Alumni access to appointments. For more information please visit their website.
Please encourage your student to contact us
for further information. We will do our best to connect your student with Alumni or Employers.
Check Out Where Viterbi Students Interned During Summer 2016...
91bnb Travel Inc.
ALPHA CONSTRUCTION INC
Armani Research Group
Army Research Lab West
Avcorp Composite Fabrication
Bain & Company
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barracuda Networks Inc
Boingo Wireless, Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Bosch Research and Technology Center
Boston University Dental School
Brown & Caldwell
Cadence Design Systems
Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC
CALIT2 EHEALTH COLLABORATORY
Caterpillar Xuzhou Ltd.
China Merchant Securities
China Standard Software Co., Ltd
City of Los Angeles - Bureau of Engineering
City of Pleasanton
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Concurrent Computer Corporation
Davis Instruments Corporation
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc.
Dun & Bradstreet
ElectroMech Material Handling Systems
Electronics For Imaging
First Data Corporation
Formosa Plastics Corporation
Full Scale Effects
Ginger-K Lymphedema and Cancer Care Center
GYLT CO (Docket Calendar)
Honda Research & Development
House Advantage LLC
Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Co., PetroChina
Inspur USA Inc
Internal Drive, inc.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JGR CAPITAL PARTNERS
Johnson & Johnson
Judlau Contracting Inc. (OHL NA)
Katayama & Associates, Inc.
KSB india pvt. ltd.
Land O' Lakes Inc
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Legrand North America
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Line 204 Events
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Luxima Technology LLC
Madison Park Development Coorperation
Mc-Graw Hill Education
Micron Technology Inc.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MMI, University of Southern California
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Nokia Bell Labs (Alcatel-Lucent)
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Orange County Public Works
Orange County Water District
Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Pacific Gas and Electric
Pacific States University
Palo Alto Networks
Parallax Health Sciences
Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting
Prospect Silicon Valley
Republic Airways Holdings
Revision Military Technologies
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
Samsung Research America
San Jose Water Company
San Francisco International Airport
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Skanska USA Civil Inc.
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas Company
Spring Alliance LLC
St. Jude Medical
Stroz Friedberg LLC
The Aerospace Corporation
The Bank of New York Mellon
The Boeing Company
the lincoln electric company
The Linde Group
The Walt Disney Company
United Launch Alliance
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
USC Information Sciences Institute
USC Keck Department of Radiology
USC Space Engineering Research Center
USC Visual Processing Lab
Ventana Medical Systems (Roche Tissue Diagnostics)
Verizon Digital Media Services
Vista Entertainment Solutions
Warner Bros Group of Companies
Water Planet Inc.
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Zhongshan Securities Co.Ltd
Zodiac Inflight Innovations Inc.
Published on May 25th, 2017
Last updated on May 19th, 2020