A Future-Proof Education
Every field across the liberal arts and sciences helps you become proficient in analysis and reason, communication, collaboration, and making connections that aren’t immediately obvious. As professions evolve and new ones emerge, the knowledge needed to succeed in a specialized field may change. But these future-proof skills will always be in high demand.
Career Advising & Training
Building a bulletproof resume. Nailing an interview. Negotiating a higher salary. Pitching yourself and your projects. You’ll discover the secrets to these vital job skills through seminars and workshops offered by Career Pathways. Additionally, one-on-one career counselors are available to answer any questions that come up as you navigate new professional landscapes.
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Career Advising & Mentorship
Graduation doesn’t mean you’re out in the world on your own. The USC Dornsife community always has your back. Our graduates have access to skilled career advisors and invested alumni mentors who will help you identify great job prospects and launch your career.
Experiential & Service Learning
What does your classroom look like? At USC Dornsife, it’s anywhere your curiosity takes you.
Here, you can take part in the very activities you may one day do professionally. In experiential learning courses you’ll write policy briefs, sequence genomes, make documentaries, and much more. Through service learning programs you’ll improve lives and communities. And studying overseas will help you understand not only languages, but how other cultures make sense of the world in ways you might have never thought about.
Student internships help you develop career skills and meet professional contacts. They also let you test the waters — an internship can confirm that this is your true passion… or you might find out it’s not the path you want to ultimately take.
Be it part of an existing program like our Gateway Internships or one of your own design, Career Pathways supports you in identifying, landing, and funding your student internship.
Career fairs, industry expos, alumni mixers; there is no shortage of events on campus — and online — where you can connect with people working in your desired field. Specialized panels hosted by recruiters will break down the day-to-day responsibilities of a specific career while also giving you opportunities to meet someone looking to hire talented USC Dornsife students — that could be you!
The Dornsife Toolkit
USC Dornsife empowers students to develop not just the knowledge base for career success, but the practical skills that give you an edge in anything you choose to pursue — skills not usually taught in the classroom. Our signature Dornsife Toolkit courses train you to become a dynamic communicator, secure funding for your startup or non-profit, manage your personal finances, and more.
You’re Already On the Job
At USC Dornsife, students are making big professional strides well before graduation.
Preparing for Their Future Today
Undergraduate will use prestigious Truman Scholarship to springboard career as civil rights attorney
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation grants each scholar $30,000 for graduate studies. Solomon plans to use the scholarship to pursue a graduate degrees in law and history after graduating.
During her time at USC Dornsife, Serish Thakker worked at the African Health Care Foundation to assist in efforts to fight the pandemic.
USC Dornsife undergraduates showcased their inventive method of ensuring sustainably clean water at a global synthetic biology competition.
Undergraduate Alexa Weintraub showed how street and sidewalk space could be repurposed to allow for more outdoor seating without affecting public transportation.
A growing network of Trojan alumni are working with USC Dornsife students to ready them for interviews, help them forge career connections, and provide helpful coaching.
Political science major Luis Tun says he wants to create a firm to help spread financial literacy among immigrant, low-income, and Latinx communities. A summer internship taught him the skills he needs to make it happen.
The USC Dornsife Gateway Internship Program provides opportunities to explore a career through a paid summer internship experience. Gateway couples on-the-job experience with mentorship from a distinguished professional and participation in specialized seminars in career skills.
The Wrigley Institute’s Environmental Communications summer internship trains undergraduates to talk about complex climate science in ways that the general public can easily understand.
Through the Unruh Institute of Politics, students participate in a research internship focusing on public policy. Taking part in a team-based research projects, they develop evidence-based policy solutions to real world problems. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their final product to the partnering organization that can put recommendations into action.