Internships & Co-Ops for Credit
ENGR 395 – Undergraduate Internship Course for Credit
Register for ENGR 395 if you would like to receive technical elective credit while you are working in an internship/co-op. This is a required course for undergraduate international students in order to be eligible for CPT.
The course is graded Credit/No Credit. To get a passing grade, you will need to complete a 10 page technical report graded by a faculty member within your department. You are responsible for seeking out faculty that agrees to grade the report. View a sample syllabus here.
- Fall/Spring Semesters: 2 units
- Summer Session: 1 unit
- Co-Op: 3 units over 2 semesters*
*Students are financially responsible for the per unit cost
*If you are interested in a co-op, please schedule an appointment on Viterbi Career Gateway to discuss the additional details.
- Completed at least three semesters of engineering curriculum
- 2.6+ GPA
- Work experience in the internship directly relates to your respective engineering major*
- Working at least 15-20 hours per week during the fall/spring semesters. During the summer, you can work up to 40 hours per week.
*CSBA majors that wish to do a business internship must enroll for a course in the Marshall School of Business. Business internships will not be approved for ENGR 395.
During the registration process, you will be asked for the information below:
1) Completed Course Summary
The completed course summary can be found on Oasis. Please provide a one-page screenshot that includes your grades and GPA to date.
2) Offer Letter & Job Description
Submit an offer letter provided by the company on the company letterhead. The offer letter must provide a start and end date. You will also need to submit a detailed job description. The description should provide enough information to determine that the internship is related to the your major. See sample here.
3) Signed Student/Employer Agreement Form- Signed by Someone at Company
The signed student/employer agreement form is signed by the student and internship/co-op supervisor. If you have not been assigned a direct supervisor, please list your HR/company contact. The form goes over a few important details including:
- Students should not be expected to work more than 20 hours per week during the fall or spring semester unless they are enrolled in a co-op. Students enrolled during the summer semester typically work no more than 40 hours per week.
- The student must engage in work that is related to their major.
- The extent of the assignment must match the academic semester in which the student is enrolled.
International students must submit a completed CPT form to OIS. A VCC staff member will sign the CPT document once all registration materials are reviewed & approved. We will email a signed copy of the CPT form shortly after you are given d-clearance.
*Although the CPT form does ask for an Academic Advisor's signature, since Career Connections manages the course, we are best fit to sign off.
Successful completion of the course is required to be considered for future CPT authorizations. If a student receives a No Credit (NC), they will be ineligible for future CPT.
It is your responsibility to check in with your academic advisor and discuss how the credit for the ENGR 395 course will or will not impact your academic progress, including credits needed for graduation. You should also consult with your advisor whether or not your department will grant technical elective credit for ENGR 395.
You are responsible for seeking out a faculty within your department that agrees to grade your report. Please share the syllabus with them so they understand the course and their responsibility. If you need recommendations, consult with the ENGR 395 Manager. View syllabus here.
Summer 2021 Registration
Career Connections Deadline to upload forms: Friday, May 28th
Deadline to Register for Summer Classes: June 4th
Q: How long does it take to get D-clearance/When will I receive the signed CPT form?
A: Once the application is submitted, it typically takes 3-5 business days to review and receive D-clearance. The student will receive an approval email with additional information on which course to register for and shortly after, the student will receive a signed CPT form (If applicable).
Q: Which course and section should I add on the application?
A: If this is your first time enrolling in the course, please add ENGR 395A on the application. If you already enrolled in “A” you should register for “B”, if registered in “B” then you would register in “C” etc…
You would typically enroll in session 059 and the corresponding section; please see the Schedule of classes for the current semester’s information.
The Program Manager will ultimately email students the correct course in which to enroll.
Q: The CPT application form asks for an academic advisor's signature, who should I reach out to, Career Connections or my Academic Advisor?
A: Career Connections manages the ENGR 395 course so we are the best fit to sign off on the form.
Q: Who signs the Supervisor Agreement Form?
A: Please ask the person that will be supervising you during your internship at the company. If you have not been assigned a direct supervisor, please ask the human resources person you have been working with to sign the form.
Q: The Company I am interning at informed me they cannot sign the Supervisor Agreement form, what do I do?
A: Please inform the program manager about the circumstances. Please include the company name and issue.
Q: The dates on the OIS website for CPT Authorization are different from the dates on the Supervisor agreement, which dates are correct?
A: The ENGR 395 course follows the academic semester which typically runs from the first day of classes to the last day of classes. Career Connections supports Viterbi students who wish to follow the duration of authorization dates for CPT on the OIS website. Please inform your company supervisor the reason for the difference in dates.
Q: Do I have to pay to enroll in the course?
A: ENGR 395 is a course in which students can earn technical elective credit which can be used towards the student’s degree at USC. As such, there is a unit cost for enrolling in the course. More information on Tuition can be found here.
Q: Can I select the number of units I can enroll in?
A: ENGR 395 is set up in the Spring & Fall semesters as a 2 unit course and in the summer it is a 1 unit course. Career Connections cannot change the number of units. If you enroll in Fall or Spring, you cannot sign up for only one unit, it would automatically be two.
Q: Which faculty do I select to grade my report?
A: You must select a faculty member within your Academic Department. We recommend selecting a faculty member you are familiar with or have taken a class with. If you are still uncertain, please reach out to the Program Manager for recommendations.
Q: What are the guidelines for the report?
A: Students must submit a 10 page technical report. After the registration deadline, enrolled students will receive report guidelines as well as sample reports.
Q: Can I register for ENGR 395 and receive credit for an internship I did previously?
A: You must be enrolled in ENGR 395 concurrently while doing your internship. You may not receive credit for an internship done in previous semesters.
Q: My GPA is below the 2.6 requirement, can I still enroll?
A: We will review each student case individually. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed description of your situation.
ENGR 596, 597, & 598 – Graduate Internship Course for Credit
View the CPT & Internship Success Webinar or go to https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/cpt page for more information on graduate-level CPT information.
- Submit your request for ENGR 596 supervision through MyViterbi. Log in then select “Directed Research CPT” to submit your request.
- Fill out the ENGR 596 D-clearance Request here: https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/internships-for-domestic-students/
- Receive the ENGR 596 D-clearance email after VASE approves.
- Register for ENGR 596, and start your internship.
Locate a full-time faculty member in your major department who is willing to supervise you for ENGR 596. It is your responsibility to select a professor who is available to supervise the CPT.
- Submit the CPT ENGR 596 Approval Application online at MyViterbi – this must include your job description (Log in then select “Directed Research CPT”).
- Complete the VASE Online CPT Request Form and upload your CPT offer letter. The offer letter from the company must be on the company’s letterhead – see Sample CPT Letter as a guide.
International 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 Advising
- Providing Resources Related to Visa Status
- Obtaining US Work Authorization
- Immigration Services
- Providing Final Approval for CPT/OPT
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.
NOTE FOR SUMMER 2021:
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.
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!
Use the online tool-kit 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 between 12:00 - 3:00 PM to get your specific questions answered or login to Gateway to make an appointment.
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.
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Davis Instruments Corporation
Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Dun & Bradstreet
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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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
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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
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Prospect Silicon Valley
Republic Airways Holdings
Revision Military Technologies
Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
Samsung Research America
San Jose Water Company
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Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
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Southern California Gas Company
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The Bank of New York Mellon
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The Walt Disney Company
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USC Information Sciences Institute
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USC Visual Processing Lab
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