Current Students

I am a continuing undergraduate student at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. I am interested in learning more about cool opportunities and hidden easter eggs that can be found at Viterbi. Fight on!

What resources exist to help students?

Viterbi has many resources to help you succeed within engineering and beyond, from one-on-one advising to tutoring and study tools. We’ve linked a few of our favorite resources to check out.

Viterbi Academic Resource Center

Advisement

Center for Engineering Diversity

Viterbi Handbook

How do I become involved in research?

We recommend reading about different professors’ research online through the Undergraduate Research Matching Opportunities Website. Find a few labs that conduct studies in fields that genuinely intrigue you and send the professor an email or apply online depending on the lab’s protocol. Don’t be afraid to follow up and ask questions about what your role in the lab would be. Check out our email template for inspiration!
Research Spotlight

How do I make the most of Viterbi organizations and opportunities?

Getting involved on campus is easy with engageSC, which features student organizations and events at USC. Also, be sure to check out the plethora of Viterbi Organizations and read USC and Viterbi emails thoroughly for regular updates on campus programming.
Read More About Viterbi Organizations

Through 3D4E, I have been able to learn more about CAD and 3D printing outside of the classroom while working on awesome projects. The club is comprised of many teams who work on projects ranging from building pin ball machine too RC cars. I am part of a team that prints personalized prosthetic hands for patients with hand deformities, which is super fun and rewarding. I have been able to meet so many awesome people who have helped me improve my CAD skills!

Irene LiBiomedical Engineering, 2022

I am a part of the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME), an organization for anyone interested in the biomedical field. I love ASBME because it hosts all kinds of events ranging from research symposiums and medical device competitions to coorporate networking dinners and community outreach! ASBME has provided me not only with countless academic and professional opportunities, but also with a loving community of peers and friends.

Arjun AronBiomedical Engineering, 2022

I am an avid outdoors person and love everything about exploring our world. This year, I took on the role of Tech Director for SC Outfitters, a student-led organization aimed to get more people outdoors. This has given me a platform to incorporate coding knowledge from courses into the development of our website, online ticketing, and other marketing features. It is very rewarding to apply what I’ve learned to other facets of my undergraduate life.

Anna RogersChemical Engineering, 2022

SC racing is a fun environment where students of all majors can learn what it takes to design, build, and manage a race car. It’s a thrilling to have a hands on experience with a project of this scale. We build the car to compete in national competitions and races, where we test our skill and designs to see if we can be the best. I love this team because it is a great community of people who only want to help each other, and I have made many great friends through it.

Matthew PozziMechanical Engineering, 2023

How can USC Viterbi help me

land an internship or job?

Follow along with the Viterbi Career Center and connectSC to get information on career fairs, workshops, and alumni connections. If continuing education is more appealing to you, the Progressive Degree Program (PDP)  is a great option that allows you to stay at USC and get your Master’s in only one more year after undergraduate study!

How can I study or research abroad?

Different majors within Viterbi have different options when it comes to studying abroad. Search for places that are approved for your major using the Viterbi Study Abroad resource! Be sure to look at Engineering Overseas options and the International Exchange Program with universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. Additional study abroad programs are available to all USC students through the USC-Wide Overseas Program.

There are lots of opportunities to explore the world during the summer. Viterbi Summer Overseas is an opportunity for a small group of Viterbi students to take classes and travel abroad together to Europe each summer.

The Tsinghua Undergraduate Research Program allows undergraduate students to conduct research in Beijing, China while simultaneously learning about the Chinese culture.

USC Global Fellows is a ten-week internship abroad program where students are placed in an internship in an industry of their choice in one of three cosmopolitan Asian cities: Shanghai, Taipei, or Hong Kong. Students from all majors are welcome to apply to this USC-wide program!

School ends in early May, but you can still take classes throughout the month! One option is a Maymester, a month-long class, many of which are abroad.

Want to go abroad for a shorter period of time? There are options for that too! Alternative Break is an option for students to participate in service trips over campus-wide breaks all around the world. Do good while traveling! 

Engineers without Borders is one of many organizations that do work abroad! A great opportunity to not only learn more about engineering but also the world!

Shanghai, China with Global Fellows

How can I get involved

outside of  USC Viterbi?

While Viterbi hosts many wonderful student organizations; it’s always good to branch out and meet people outside of the engineering school! Read up on all the Registered Student Organizations to see which fit you and your interests best. We also recommend checking out engageSC for updates on events as well!

 

Engineering+ can even be a minor or major outside of engineering! Go to academic advising to see how your course plan can fit an additional field of study.

Chemical

Engineering and Equity

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Engineering Plus

Ballet and Engineering: Yin and Yang

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College Applications

Engineers as Storytellers: Writing College Essays

Telling stories isn’t something people typically associate with engineers. Perhaps for good reason: practicing pages upon pages of calculus in anticipation of a midterm seems…
Civil and Environmental

Why I Chose Civil Engineering (Building Science)

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What are some upper-classmen housing options?

Housing for continuing undergraduates is processed through the application portal, which opens in February for the Fall and Septemeber for the Spring. USC provides guaranteed on-campus housing for all sophomores if they lived in on-campus housing their freshman year.

You are eligible to live in on-campus housing with a provided meal plan if you decide to work as a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are student workers who reside in freshman or upperclassman USC housing and act as mentors, role models, and resources for the residents in their building. To learn more about what being an RA is like visit ResEd!

When looking for off-campus options, start early! Leases for houses typically begin to be signed in late October or early November, and leases for apartments are typically signed by late December or early January. Always tour locations before signing any leasing agreements. Reach out to upperclassmen you know through student organizations and classes for support – often times they will be looking for younger students to recommend their current housing location to!

There’s something extremely fulfilling about being a Residential Assistant (RA), in helping students find their best path while at USC. As an engineer, the RA position brings a new perspective to leadership and working alongside others for personal growth. The lessons I learned will be easily transferred to my experience later as I prepare to pursue a career in academia, working with students full-time.

Austin KelloggBiomedical Engineering, 2022

How can I connect with the Trojan family?

Graduated Trojans are an incredible resource to learn more about industry, graduate school, and how to make the most of your USC experience. Check out Viterbi Link, an online platform that fosters mentor-mentee relationships between current students and alumni.
Connect with Alumni