Internships & Co-Ops for Credit
Undergraduate Internship Course for Credit (All Students)
- Application Checklist
- Registration Link
Graduate Internship Course for Credit (International Students)
- Understanding CPT
- Eligibility Requirements
- CPT Registration Link
- Additional Information
Graduate Internship Course for Credit (Domestic Students)
- Application Checklist
- Registration Link
Additional Student Career Resources
Viterbi Career Connections supports international students through:
- Career & Internship Advising
- Navigating the US Job Search
- Interview Preparation
- Professional Development
- Career-Related Events
- D-Clearance approval
- CPT Pathway on Experience Viterbi App
- CPT Offer Letter Review
The VASE Advising Office supports international students through:
- International Student Services such as RCL, CPT, OPT, and Program Extensions
- Working Closely with OIS
- Completing Graduation Verification Section on OPT I-20
The Office of International Services supports international students through:
- Immigration Services & Advising
- Providing Resources Related to Visa Status
- Obtaining US Work Authorization
- Providing Final Approval for CPT/OPT
- Issuing I-20 Documents
Viterbi Career Gateway
Gateway is a career-related resource dedicated to the needs of Viterbi students. This system 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. There is also an option to filter for positions that offer visa sponsorship!
Job & Internship Tool Kit
Use the online toolkit for job search quick tips and additional internship and career resources.
Not sure how to answer questions about your status during an interview? Take advantage of drop-in hours Monday through Friday during the regular academic year to get your specific questions answered, or log in to Gateway to make an appointment.
It is an interactive career platform designed by international students for international students to enhance their career exploration and job-search experience. Students can access Interstride through (https://web.interstride.com/) 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 is part of their continued effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs by allowing the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, city, state, or ZIP code.
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.
Please Note: As part of your agreement for CPT, you agree not to accept additional job offers after submitting a CPT application for the semester. Internship offers from new employers will not be approved.
If you have received an additional internship offer after submitting for CPT, the VCC staff will do their best to assist you with negotiating and retaining both internships.
We also encourage you to visit the Job & Internship Tool Kit for Evaluating & Negotiating Offers or schedule an appointment with a career advisor on Gateway for tips on negotiating a start date for next semester with the second employer.
NOTE FOR REMOTE INTERNSHIPS:
CPT authorization is intended to facilitate off-campus opportunities that resemble classroom instruction, albeit in a more practical context. A key characteristic of such an experience is a supervisory relationship, consisting of regular assignment and evaluation of deliverables. Practical Training also implies meaningful immersion in a professional environment.
Students who request CPT for remote positions should keep detailed documentation establishing:
- the existence of a supervisory relationship throughout their period of authorization, and
- how they achieved professional immersion despite working remotely.
GRADUATE STUDENTS SHOULD REVIEW THE OPT INFORMATION PROVIDED IN ADDITION TO THE OIS POST-COMPLETION OPT PAGE.
FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING THE F-1 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PAGE.
Accessible through Viterbi Career Gateway
GoinGlobal - 16 million+ worldwide internship and job postings searchable in the local language, as well as English, updated daily.
Career Beam - career development portal designed to provide all the resources necessary to guide individuals through the strategic job search process and achieve their career goals.
Candid Career - thousands of career videos with interview tips, job information, or career guidance to help you find your dream job.
Career Access Resource Library (CARL) - allows you to search hardcopy and online resources for your graduate school, internship, fellowship, & career exploration.
Versatile Ph.D. - the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science, and STEM.
Vault.com - provides rankings and reviews to find the best companies to work for and the best internship programs.
iNet Internship Consortium - where employers post internships (only) for a select group of universities.
Viterbi Link - your exclusive online mentoring platform where alumni share their career and industry-related experiences and information with you.
Login to USC Career Center's ConnectSC to apply for internship & co-op positions.
International Student Events
Check out events hosted by USC's Office of International Services (OIS)
Check Out Where Viterbi Students Interned Over Summer…
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.
We Teach Me
Zhongshan Securities Co.Ltd
Zodiac Inflight Innovations Inc.
Published on December 8th, 2016
Last updated on October 6th, 2022