One facility at USC that I didn’t even realize existed until the end of my sophomore year is the Career Center. I’m not sure how this escaped my notice, but I suspect that it had something to do with a disillusionment about precisely how little time I have left before I am thrust out into the cruel, harsh real world.

Since waking up and realizing that I needed to find an internship for the summer, I’ve come to recognize just how developed the services that USC and, in particular, the Viterbi School of Engineering are.

There are an incredible amount of on-campus recruitment interviews for both internships and full-time positions. I’ll be having my first on-campus internship next week. It should be pretty interesting. The infrastructure supporting on-campus recruiting is impressive, and there’s a fairly significant program that all students and alumni have access to.

In addition to on-campus recruiting, the system also allows you to submit your résumé or cover letter to hundreds of different job postings that recruiters create. You can filter through these by major or field to narrow it down, and I’ve found the tools to be quite helpful.

Viterbi’s Career Center is separate from the one for the primary university, and it caters especially to engineering students. It hosts special career fairs and workshops, which are really helpful to attend.

The university at large also has career fairs, and I’ve always enjoyed walking around them, considering potential future careers.

It seems so early to be thinking about the summer, but it’s pretty much that time. I’m focused on it, and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!