Internships & Co-Ops for Credit


Summer 2024 Internship Registration

Applications for Summer 2024 Internship Course for Credit Application will open on Wednesday April 10, 2024 at 12pm.  To start your application process please login to  You can also view the following guides on how to submit your application on our new process.

Application Info Sessions

Would you like an overview of obtaining Internships and Co-Ops for Credit? These sessions are ideal for students seeking an overview of the entire process of applying to an internship course for the Summer 2024 semester and will cover all internship courses (395/596/597/598). 


Internship Course/D-Clearance Drop-In (Summer 2024)

Do you have quick questions about one of our Internship courses 395, 596, 597, 598/ or D-Clearance? We offer two days per week for drop-in.  Starting on April 8, 2024

Mondays  & Wednesdays from 1pm-1:30pm PST join Virtual Drop-in hours.

You can also email  your question, however they may re-direct you to attend a drop-in session if it is not a frequently asked question.

Drop-In will not be available on the following Black Out Dates:

  • Monday, May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday July 1, 2024

Due to the cancellation on July 1,  Drop-in will be available on July 2-3, 2024 at 1pm (please use the same link above)

Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Application Start Date

July 18, 2023

November 27, 2023

April 10, 2024

Application Deadline*

Oct 9, 2023

March 5, 2024

June 25, 2024

Internship duration: (If it is your final semester)

Aug 21 – Dec 13

Jan 8 – May 10

May 13-Aug 6, 2024

Internship duration: (If it is NOT your final semester)

Aug 21 – Jan 5

Jan 8 – May 10

May 13-Aug 23

*The Application deadline - Students must submit their Internship Course Request (ICR) Application in myViterbi by this deadline.  You will not be able to submit a new application in myViterbi after this date.  The system will automatically close after this date.

Internship Courses For


International Student Resources

CPT/OPT & Work Authorization

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of work authorization that allows F-1 international students to participate in paid off-campus academic internships during their degree program. The purpose of CPT is academic, not just for employment purposes, and the internship must be considered an integral part of a student’s degree program. For more information about CPT please visit the website for the Office of International Students (OIS).

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of work authorization that permits F-1 students to gain work experience in their field of study while in the United States (US). OPT is not a visa; rather, it is a type of employment benefit for F-1 students who are maintaining their visa status. For more information about OPT please visit the website for the Office of International Students (OIS).
Work Authorization
U.S. employers must check to make sure all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are allowed to work in the United States. Having an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is one way to prove that you are allowed to work in the United States for a specific time period. For more information about work authorization please visit the F-1 Student Employment Page.
Department Support
Viterbi Career Connections assists with:
  • Career & Internship Advising
  • Navigating the US Job Search
  • Interview Preparation
  • Internship Course Management (Offer Letter Review, D-Clearance, Grading)


The Graduate Academic Services and Programs Office assists with:
  • General USC or Viterbi-wide questions
  • DEN D-clearance
  • Ph.D. Exam/Defense
  • Grad School Fellowship
  • Leave of Absence (domestic and international)
  • Academic Eligibility for: Internship Courses for Credit (Curricular Practical Training (CPT))
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Program Extension (PE)
  • Academic Difficulty Reduced Course Load (RCL)
  • Leave of Absence (LOA)


The Office of International Services assists with:
  • Immigration Services & Advising
  • Providing Resources Related to Visa Status
  • Obtaining US Work Authorization
  • Providing Final Approval for CPT/OPT
  • Issuing I-20 Documents


Career Resources

Finding Jobs/Internships

Handshake - Handshake is a career-related resource that allows you to search for engineering internship/co-op and full-time jobs and gives you access to information about Viterbi-specific events and resources.

Job & Internship Tool Kit - Use the online toolkit for job search quick tips and additional internship and career resources.

Career Advising - Not sure how to answer questions about your status during an interview? Attend Drop-in Advising by joining the waitlist or log in to Viterbi Gateway to make an appointment.

Interstride  - It is an interactive career platform for international students to enhance their career exploration and job-search experience. Students can access Interstride through by logging in with their USC NetID and password.

USCIS H-1B Employer Data Hub - Provides information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. The data hub allows the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, city, state, or ZIP code.

Online Resources

Accessible through Handshake

  • Going Global
  • Career Beam
  • Candid Career
  • Career Access Resource Library (CARL)
  • Versatile Ph.D.
  • Viterbi Link

External Resources:

Check Out Where Viterbi Students Interned Over Summer…

Published on March 7th, 2024

Last updated on June 4th, 2024