Mastering the Application Process

Yingyu Sun College Applications, Computer Science, Internship, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Study, Why USC, Work, Yingyu Leave a Comment

The reality that senior year is almost halfway over is really sinking in. These past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to friends about applying to grad school and full-time jobs, and it reminds me a lot of when I was applying to colleges. I know it’s always a stressful time, but here’s what I’ve learned about …

The Best Places to Study on Campus

Will DuCharme Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Will, Work Leave a Comment

Freshman year at USC I found that finding a reliable study spot could be a difficult task. Leavey tended to be crowded, Doheny was fairly hit or miss, and many other places closed early. While this wasn’t a huge issue during the majority of the semester, when finals season rolled around finding a good place to study became a big …

The Technology Behind the Magic: My Internship at Disney

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Internship, Natalie, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

This past summer was the best summer of my life, and there is no doubt about that. For the past year or so, I wondered what it would be like to work for Disney, a company that many of us grew up loving. For a while, I thought of Disney in terms of Disneyland and those beautiful animated movies like …

Working as an Orientation Advisor

Cami Amein Cami, Involvement, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

   I spent my summer break working for the Office of Orientation Programming as an Orientation Advisor. It was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever gone through and already miss it!                           This summer has been my favorite summer ever. Imagine getting paid to go to …

My Last Internship at Slack! What’s next?

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Highlights of summer 2018: enjoying a nice 60 degree summer, spending more on brunch and boba than I should have, interning at an amazing company (plus a trip to Six Flags!), and getting my first full-time job offer!! This summer, I was back at Slack in San Francisco for the second time, working as an engineering intern. I was back …

Summer 2018: Energy, Internships, and Islands

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Why USC, Women In Engineering

I can’t believe that summer is almost over… but it has been a great one!! My last blog post described how I got my summer internship at ENGIE Services U.S, a general contractor working on energy efficiency projects in school districts primarily. Back then, I didn’t know exactly how it would go, but now I know that it is an …

How a College Scholarship Took Me to Hollywood

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 2 Comments

Rewind to Spring 2017 when I applied to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I was a senior in high school trying to prepare for the price of college. In Fall 2017, I found out that I had been selected as a scholar! I was over the moon with excitement. Receiving a scholarship turned out to be just one opportunity granted to …

To Internships and Beyond! A Major Milestone in my Professional and Academic Journey

Miles Kay Industrial and Systems, Internship, Miles, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

Greetings from Omaha, Nebraska! It’s hard to believe that summer is already drawing to a close; it went by in the blink of an eye. This summer, I completed my first internship, I’m really excited to share my experience with you and how it impacted my professional development! In February, after submitting an application and doing several phone interviews with …

A Summer of Engineering

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Summer time! Most students would associate the season with long, hot days, beaches, ice cream parties, and quality time with friends. While I have gotten my fair share of “under the summer sun” time throughout the summer break, most of my summer has been comprised of three things: work, work, work (thank you for giving me a beat to read …

An Experience™ to Remember

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Loic, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

For me, this summer was a roller coaster of learning, hard work, professional growth, but most importantly personal growth. I had the privilege of working for Intel and it made for an exciting couple of months! I got to work in their Corporate Services division at their global headquarters in Santa Clara. Their Santa Clara site employs over 12,000 people …

My Summer in San Francisco

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Internship, Viterbi Summer

If someone would have told me, a girl from Fort Worth, Texas where the average temperature is 90 degrees in August, that I would be wearing jackets and layers during the summer, I would have laughed. But here I am in San Francisco wearing a jacket in 50 degree weather, definitely NOT laughing….But other than the unfamiliar cold summer weather, …

A Glimpse of Life as an Adult (Abbott Summer Internship)

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After an unbelievable experience studying abroad in Rome last summer, I thought I would not have a summer as dense and as meaningful in the near future. I’m happy to report that I was wrong. This summer, I have been interning for Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio. Abbott is a huge company and consists of many different divisions including: Diabetes, …

The Career Fair: Is It Worth It?

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For freshmen, there are few topics as polarizing as opinions on the career fair. Some students are eager for the chance to talk to recruiters and try to secure a summer position; others say it’s a waste of time, and no companies are willing to hire freshman interns. From upperclassmen, we hear the same divided perspectives, leaving many of us …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

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Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …

What can I do with my computer science degree?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Research, Work, Yingyu 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Today I started interviewing candidates for a Project Manager position for Code the Change, a student organization that builds software products for non-profits in LA. It inspired me to discuss some myths about majoring in computer science and possible career paths that you might not have known existed for CS majors. First, I want to start of by …

How I Got My Summer Internship: Networking Tips!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering

It’s the beginning of April, and the crunch to get an internship is really hitting hard. This is the time where most people are finalizing their summer plans, and I was still applying to positions and doing interviews! I was pretty stressed, but then I got a call from an unknown number. I picked up, and was told “We would …

Edwards Lifesciences Company Visit

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While I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship during the fall semester, this does not mean that I’ve closed myself off from the many corporate events that are still happening on and off campus. When I found out that Edwards Lifesciences, a well-known medical device company, wanted to welcome a small group of USC students to tour its …

What’s it like working at a startup?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu

Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

Taking it one step further: PDP

Bria Bria, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Winding down my time at USC (RIP don’t remind me), you can imagine that the number one question I get from literally everyone is: “What are you going to do when you graduate?” I know this is a normal question, but let me tell you I will never enjoy answering it. Not because I’m worried about the future, but because …