USC Dornsife offers an opportunity for students from across the campus to combine internship experience with classroom reflection.  Students find their own internship placements, often with the help of the USC Career Center, and sign up for a two-unit course, MDA 250, Internship for the Liberal Arts: Work and Career — Theory and Practice.  Over the summer, a one-unit version of the course is offered.


MDA 250 is a letter graded course and may not be taken for audit.  Students may elect to take the course on a pass/no grading scale as long as the student does not exceed 24 units of undergraduate coursework taken as P/NP (32 units for students who started at USC prior to Fall 2021), and the course is not used to fulfill a major or minor requirement.  Students should consult with their academic advisor prior to selecting a P/NP grade for this course.


Students enrolled in MDA 250 are expected to work a minimum of eight hours per week as an intern.  The course can be retaken in subsequent semesters or summer sessions for a maximum of four units.  Students who are required to complete MDA 250 for their major are required to have an internship related to the major.


Students who take the course as part of their Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requirement must earn a passing grade.  Failure to do so will make the student ineligible to obtain CPT in the future.


Students seeking Fall 2024 d-clearance will be able to request it starting on June 24.  For more information about the course, contact Maria Velasquez in the USC Dornsife Undergraduate Programs office at

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