Viterbi Student Ambassadors
What We Do
Viterbi Student Ambassadors (VSAs) speak to students at official admission events (virtual information sessions, live chats, and in the past, Discover USC and Explore), and generally act as a resource for any questions that prospective students may have about the student experience at Viterbi.
This webpage is also maintained by the VSA team, but is a platform dedicated to showcasing all types of student experiences (including yours!).
As VSAs, our primary goal is to share our own, real stories of our time at USC, in the hopes that we can provide a window of insight for prospective students during what is always a stressful and confusing period in their lives – the college admission process.
Join the VSA Team!
The VSA team is looking for engaged, excited current Viterbi students (that’s you!) to join us!
The application for the 2023-2024 school year is now closed but stay tuned for when it reopens in February 2024 for the following year!
A Day in the Life of a VSA
As a Viterbi Student Ambassador, you will contribute to a spectrum of voices from Viterbi engineers through creative activities including video creation, live chat hosting, podcast making, social media planning, and blogging. While no experience is necessary in any of these, a desire to work hard to learn these skills on the job definitely is!
Responding to questions on the spot is another important skill when speaking at admission-related events, but no prior formal public speaking experience is needed. As a new member of the VSA team you will have plenty of time to practice in both training workshops and staff meetings!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment like?
It depends! VSAs attend weekly staff meetings, write a blog every two weeks, and act as student liaisons at 1-2 admission events each month. Most VSAs tend to spend 2-3 additional hours a week working on content for their creative teams, and this time commitment increases as you take on more leadership! There also tend to be certain weeks of the semester that are busier than others (particularly those close to USC application deadlines or large-scale events!).
Is joining VSA like joining a student organization?
No! Being a Viterbi Student Ambassador is a paid position with flexible billable hours, and so VSAs are expected to conduct ourselves professionally. However, as a team we make an effort to replicate many elements of student organizations, including a mentorship program and social events!
Is being a VSA the same as being a content creator?
No! While both VSAs and content creators write blogs for Viterbi Voices, VSA requires a larger time commitment and has additional responsibilities such as curating new content for all our platforms, providing a student perspective on panels, and filling in undergraduate admission gaps in student representation. If you would like a smaller time commitment, check out our content creator page for more information.
Is it necessary for me to be involved in research or engineering organizations?
Absolutely not! Our members are involved in a range of extracurricular activities both within and outside of Viterbi, so you do not need specific resumé items or engineering experiences to apply! As VSAs we aim to highlight a representative and diverse set of Viterbi experiences, so we want to hear about your unique involvements.
Are VSAs still doing admission-related work during COVID-19?
Yes! Our team is actively involved in a range of virtual outreach and admission events, including biweekly live chats, weekly Zoom information sessions for prospective students, and continued social media engagement. Additionally, all of our content teams have shifted online, and we have continued to highlight new and underrepresented voices in podcast, blog, and video content!
What year do I have to be to apply?
We accept applications from undergraduate freshmen, sophomores and juniors, including transfer students!
Do I need to have prior experience with content creation to apply?
No! While VSAs are involved in creating podcasts, videos, blogs and social media content, all new members of the team will undergo training in the first few months of the year!
Meet the VSAs
Our team is a group of close-knit, hardworking individuals with a range of majors, interests, and campus involvements. To learn more about our experiences and check out our blogs, click the profiles below!
HOMETOWN: Guangzhou, China
I am currently involved in USC's Business Technology Group, a student organization providing consulting services for firms in the tech realm. Within the club I lead my own project where we are working with a start up and are helping them develop their MVP.
HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois
Growing up in the best city of the world, with the best food I have grown into a food enthusiast, I love cooking and trying new foods. On campus I continue to foster community through my involvement in National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Black Student Assembly (BSA). I am most passionate about building connections with people, discussing aspirations and life long goals.
I am currently involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as a Student Transfer Representative. SHPE is an organization that empowers engineering students that identify as Hispanic to develop networking skills and leadership. Outside of SHPE, I am a part time intern for SoCal Gas in the Pipeline Engineering Design team.
HOMETOWN: Manassas, Virginia
I am currently involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), which focuses on female empowerment and leadership/learning opportunities for women in STEM. Additionally, I am on the Composites sub-team for USC's FSAE racing team.
HOMETOWN: Irvine, California
I am currently involved in research on campus through the WiDeS Group where I focus on configuring and analyzing ray tracer modeling for wireless communications so that we can continue to improve our communication systems everywhere! Outside of engineering, I am also involved in USC's Trojan Club Tennis Team where I get to travel nationally with my team to compete against other collegiate teams.
HOMETOWN: San Francisco, California
Bio: I have been involved in conducting research relating to nanoparticles and microfluidics. I'm a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), and Gen-Zine. Outside of school I enjoy writing and have gotten into blog writing and radio reporting.
HOMETOWN: Ventura, California
I'm involved with the W.V.T Rusch Honors Engineering Program along with being a member of the Grand Challenge Scholar Program and the Society of Women Engineers. I'm also a member of the 3D4E student organization. Outside of Viterbi, I am involved with the USC Women's soccer team as a manager and a member of SC Outfitters.
HOMETOWN: Blue Grass, Iowa
I am currently involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), which is a student organization that focuses on social, profession, and community driven events to support women in STEM fields. I am also involved with the Formula Electric team as the Powertrain lead where I help with the design and manufacturing of the vehicle's battery. I also work as a TA for our mechanical engineering measurement and instrumentation class. Outside of engineering, I am involved in the Ski and Snowboard Team which has a permanent residence in Mammoth for the winter season.
HOMETOWN: Gainesville, Florida
Currently, I serve on the regional and collegiate executive boards of the National Society for Black Engineers(NSBE), and am a member of a host of other student organizations to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of engineering. In my free time I like to go hiking, run, and volunteer. I am also trying to learn how to surf this semester.
HOMETOWN: Des Moines, Iowa
Outside of VSA, I am a co-Lead Organizer for Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment, volunteer at the LGBTQ+ student center, and I participate in activism across USC and LA! I'm looking to get into research this year as well, hopefully in water quality or CO2 recycling.
HOMETOWN: La Canada, California
On campus, I am involved with Women in Computing and Illumin Magazine. I also conduct research in the Laboratory for Design of Medical and Analytical Devices. Outside of Viterbi, I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers' WE Local Advisory Board.
HOMETOWN: Carson, California
In Viterbi, I focus my attention on computer science research regarding the optimization of multi-robot collision avoidance in an unmapped 3D environment and enjoy teaching younger students computer science and robotics through CS@SC. I enthusiastically pursue music outside of Viterbi as a part of the Songwriter's Forum and as an instrumentalist for local bands in Southern California. At any given moment, find me producing music at my church, testing out a new card trick, or writing arbitrary computer programs to just make life easier!
HOMETOWN: Golf, Illinois
At USC, I am involved in a number of different academic associations including being a part of IISE, Scholars Leading Scholars, and The Freshman Engineering Academy coaching team. Outside of academics, I am involved in Greek Life, I am on the club Water Polo team, and I actively participate in the arts scene, both through my songwriting minor and other events such as open mic nights.
HOMETOWN: Hudson, Wisconsin
HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California
I’m involved in the Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion and Energy Lab, conducting research in modeling a solid-core nuclear thermal rocket engine. I serve as the V.P. Of Membership for the Society of Hispanic Professional engineers as well as Activities Director for The Trojan Knights.
HOMETOWN: Vienna, Virginia
At USC, I'm a part of HackSC, the flagship hackathon on campus, and I write stories about research, accomplishments, and events occurring in the Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science. I also lead copy editing efforts for College Brief, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling greater news engagement in college-aged audiences. In my spare time, you can find me listening to Mandopop, eating good food in LA + beyond, and going on runs!
HOMETOWN: Van Nuys, California
I am currently involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as a builder and designer for Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and Timber Strong, all of which are design teams where I collaborate with my peers to construct projects. Additionally, I am part of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI-SEAOSC), another design team where we construct a building out of balsa wood. Another involvement of mine is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where I connect with Hispanic engineers through social events and learn about professionalism in the engineering industry. Finally, I have participated in research through the Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE) studying wastewater treatment and am currently conducting research in the Petersen Lab focused on computer-modeling clay and geomaterial aggregation at macroscopic levels.
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I am currently involved in RoboPals which is a student run organization that teaches engineering workshops to local elementary school students and I am also a member of Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME). Outside of Viterbi, I am a part of Break Through Hip Hop which is a student choreographed team that does guest performance throughout the semester and hosts a showcase every semester, and I'm also a co-director of Trojan Tap Troupe which is a team for intermediate/advanced tap dancers.
HOMETOWN: Inglewood, California
I'm a member of Regional Executive Board for the National Society of Black Engineer's Region VI. On campus, I am also involved in USC Makers.
HOMETOWN: Jakarta, Indonesia
I am currently involved in the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), which is a student organization that focuses on Asians' STEM career development and leadership growth. Outside of Viterbi, I am also involved in the International Student Assembly (ISA), an undergraduate student government assembly that serves the international community at USC.
HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, California
I have been involved in research at the Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) as well as a member of USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. At SERC, I worked on developing a docking system for cubesats with project CLING and am currently work on project STARFISH. In RPL, I am on the composites team and design team. Outside of Viterbi, I have interned at Astrolab where I was a Structures and Mechanisms Engineering intern and helped with lunar mission development and payload prototyping. I also like doing inter murals and photography on my free time!
HOMETOWN: Menlo Park, California
On campus I am involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as the SHPE Jr. Director and work in the Viterbi Admission and Student Engagement Office. I also work part-time in the USC Village.
HOMETOWN: Mount Laurel, New Jersey
On campus I am involved with our National Society of Black Engineers chapter, as well as Black Student Assembly. Outside of class, I love photography, music production and talking about movies!
HOMETOWN: Scranton, Pennsylvania
I am currently involved in Viterbi Makers as a Project Manager where I create a project idea for my team and I to assemble and build throughout the year for our project showcase to our sponsors in the spring to promote innovation in electronics.
HOMETOWN: Chino Hills, CA
HOMETOWN: Kaneohe, Hawaii
I am involved with research on identifying neuronal pathways spanning multiple depressive disorders and worked with a biotech startup over the summer. Aside from engineering, I'm involved in Troy Camp, Hawaii Club, and volunteer within the LA community.