As a sophomore interested in potentially finding an internship for the summer, I decided that it would be in my best interest to attend the Viterbi Engineering Career Expo earlier today. This was an amazing opportunity to get some face time with actual Human Resources representatives from many different engineering firms to express interest in the companies and turn in a resume. Some were looking for full time employees, some were looking for internships. I thought I’d give it a shot. I dressed up in my business casual, printed out a few copies of my resume, and made my way over to the Engineering Quad.
I was flabbergasted by the sheer number of booths, first of all, and the hordes of students, undergraduate and graduate students, who had taken over the Engineering Quad. They were everywhere! I felt a little overwhelmed. But I had done my research; I knew which companies I was looking for. As a BME major, I looked through the list of companies attending to find potentially interesting and relevant ones. I ended up talking to representatives from Abbott and Beckman Coulter, two biomedical companies, to whom I turned in my resume and talked to about opportunities in the company.
Even if it won’t work out for me, even if I don’t end up getting an internship, I’m glad I at least made an attempt. I’m glad that I took advantage of the many networking opportunities that USC provides for students. This was kind of a new experience and I look forward to using what I learned from this one later on!