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

Daniel Donchev Biomedical, Daniel, Internship, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

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?

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Company Visits, Internship, Involvement, Jacob, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

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

Miles Kay Campus Events, Internship, Involvement, Miles, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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

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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 …

The Biggest Networking Event of the Year (ASBME’s Corporate Dinner)

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The most renowned professional event specific to undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students at USC is the annual Corporate Dinner hosted by the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Students (ASBME). This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in the biomedical industry (regardless of major) to meet and network with ASBME’s industry partners in Southern California. Companies in attendance this year included …

Winter Break Extravaganza

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Major, Shuntaro, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

“So what did you do over the break?” The ultimate ice breaker for students when they return for the spring semester. I decided to take this post to discuss what I exactly I did. The first thing I did was sleep. After finals season I needed to get some energy back. After a full day I went back to working …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, podcast, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

I’m in utter disbelief! After having such an action-packed summer, I expected this semester to drag on, but it actually flew by at an alarmingly fast rate. I think this is largely because of all of the really great opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have outside of class. Here are some of them: 1. 1000 Pitches -Today we hit 1000 …

FriendSHPE, LeaderSHPE… InternSHPE?

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa

Greetings friends!! How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well. Today I am here to tell you all about the SHPE National Conference that I attended last weekend because it was a wild time. First, you may be wondering, Vanessa, what is the SHPE National Conference? Let me tell you! SHPE is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (read Camila’s …

How I Successfully Landed an Internship

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As a junior, one of my primary goals this semester was to secure an internship opportunity within the medical device industry so I could personally experience what the day to day life of a biomedical engineer entails. And I’m fortunate to say that I was able to achieve it- I’ll be an Operations Intern at Abbott Laboratories, a global healthcare …

Career Fairs, Internships, and Jobs. Oh My!

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

It’s October so what does that mean… interview season!! Yes it is also Halloween and fall and all of that fun stuff, but it’s also the time when Viterbi students start going through recruitment for jobs and internships. That may seem super early, because it is! Some companies interview in the fall and some interview in the spring, but in …

First Day on the Job

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Ramiro

If you want to visit home for the summer, or just relax and vacation over summer but are worried that you need an internship to get that experience, then a co-op is a great route to go for! This is currently what I am doing, although hopefully I do continue on in the summer working. Today was my first day …

Tip #1: Networking, a professional term for making friends

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Campus Events, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Viterbi Life, Work

It is career fair and job search season so I decided to give a little tip on my experiences with networking, which you can hopefully use and learn from for future situations! I’ll maybe even start a little series of blog posts that’ll be titled Ramiro’s Tips! When you become more involved in your preparation towards a professional career, you …

Microsoft: From Internship to Full Time Offer

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Life After Graduation, Shana, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Summer

It’s official! Ya girl will be fully employed upon graduation in May!!  I’m thrilled to share that I’ve signed a full time offer to work at Microsoft as a Mechanical Engineer in the Manufacturing and Sourcing department.  It’s currently second semester of my senior and final year of college and words can not express the feeling of relief that comes …

Being an RA is UnderRAted

Nathan Alvarez Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Nathan, Service, Work

My freshman year housing experience was awesome. I loved the easy access to my best friends’ rooms, my roommates were great, and finding study groups could not have been easier. I can’t imagine being happier than I was in my freshmen dorm- so now I’m doing it all over again, except as an RA. When my friends wanted to get …