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 is currently closed but will open again in Spring 2022 for the 2022-2023 application cycle!
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!
Welcome to our new VSAs!
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: Dublin, California
On campus I have worked on the SC Racing team, and I'm currently involved with the 3D printing org '3D4E'. Outside of Viterbi, I am involed with volunteering in the community through JEP, and I have interned at Intel.
HOMETOWN: Orlando, Florida
At USC I am in the progressive degree program and have worked as an undergraduate TA in linear algebra, an orientation advisor, and a research assistant. Outside of Viterbi, I am a dance minor and draw for an instagram comic.
HOMETOWN: Phoenix, Arizona
I'm involved with computer science research investigating affective gesturing in robots in the Interaction Lab along with being a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Outside of Viterbi, I'm a part of Greek Life, USC Surf Club, and the Student Alumni Society leadership board.
HOMETOWN: Alamo, California
On campus I am a Student Ambassador (better known as a Tour Guide) and I am part of the USC Club Rock Climbing Team. In my free time, I like to ride roller coasters, compose music for piano, and explore Los Angeles.
HOMETOWN: San Diego, California
On campus I'm involved with the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS++) and the Corpus Callosum arts + tech club! I also conduct neuroscience research within the Biomedical Engineering department. Outside of school, I enjoy singing, painting, gardening.
HOMETOWN: Bell Gardens, California
On campus I assist with teaching EE 109, Introduction to Embedded Systems, and am heavily involved with SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Off campus, I've had a several internships with companies like NASA JPL, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft!
HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois
On campus, I've been involved with USC's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and our Formula SAE race car design team. Outside of Viterbi I'm a member of the USC Global Investing Society.
HOMETOWN: Bentonville, Arkansas
On campus I have conducted biomimetic research in the Dryden Wind Tunnel since freshman year. Outside of Viterbi, I am involved in Greek Life and play on the USC Club Baseball Team.
HOMETOWN: Townsend, Delaware
On-campus, I am an Executive House Manager for USC's Trojan Events Services and a member of USC's co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity Theta Tau. I also love sport and am a part of the club field hockey and gold team. In terms of professional clubs, I am a member of AIChE.
HOMETOWN: Aurora, Colorado
On campus, I am involved with Greek Life, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and USC's Latin fusion dance team called Break on 2.
HOMETOWN: Los Gatos, California
On campus I have conducted environmental engineering research on water distillation methods, and you can currently find me serving as Vice President of my social fraternity and playing on the club volleyball team.
HOMETOWN: San Diego, California
On campus I am involved in various Civil clubs like Construction Management, Earth Engineering Research, and Society of Civil Engineers. Outside of engineering I work a part time job in the Office of Admissions.
HOMETOWN: El Paso, Texas
On campus I have conducted cybersecurity reseach in the STEEL: Security Research Lab and in the Rossier School of Education. I am also involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as the Vice President of Membership.
HOMETOWN: Mclean, Virginia
On campus, I am the director of outreach for USC Makers, conduct research for the Human-Robot Interaction Lab, and am a course producer for EE109. Outside of Viterbi, I am minoring in cultural diplomacy.
HOMETOWN: Coto de Caza, California
At USC, I’m the President of 3D4E (3D Printing club) and part of the USC Surf Team. I’ve also worked in both automation and product design through summer internships. I love designing and working on at-home projects.
HOMETOWN: Guangzhou, China
On campus I have been involved with Model UN, Freshman Academy, and interning abroad through the USC Global Fellows program! I also conduct undergrad research in environmental policy and heat mitigation strategies.
HOMETOWN: Woodland Hills, California
On campus I am part of the CMAA's Design Build Team as well as the Structural Captain for the USC Student Chapter of EERI. Outside of Viterbi, I am part of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and enjoy swimming and going to the beach in my free time!
HOMETOWN: Kahului, Hawaii
On campus, I am president of the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering and do molecular imaging research in Zavaleta Lab.
HOMETOWN: Danville, California
I'm on the E-Board of USC's chapter of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and I'm also involved in the Society of Women in Engineering and American Society of Civil Engineering. I am also a member of Greek life.
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California
On campus I conducted undergraduate research in wastewater treatment technology through the environmental engineering department and am involved in Alpha Omega Epsilon (a social and professional sorority for women in STEM), the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and the Society of Women Engineers.
HOMETOWN: Diamond Bar, California
On campus, I am part of the National Society of Black Engineers and was a Resident Assistant for the McCarthy Honors College. I have also conducted research in the Immersive Audio Lab and have a Sports Business & Management Minor!
HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado
Within Viterbi I conduct research in 3D ultrasound development and assist with teaching EE 202L, Linear Circuits. Outside of engineering, I compete and train with the SC Climbing Team, guide outdoor trips with SC Outfitters, volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician with EMSC, help provide mentorship for K-12 students as a counselor in Troy Camp, and coach Special Olympics.
HOMETOWN: Palos Verdes, California
On campus I am the current captain of the USC Spirit Leaders, an ambassador for the Wrigley Institute of Sustainability, and a member of Greek Life.
HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado
On campus, I lead outreach for the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, do materials research in the M.C. Gill Composites Center, and am the Academic Chair of my sorority.
HOMETOWN: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
On campus I am part of OWN IT, a women's leadership team who plans an annual summit based on amazing women helping each other out. Outside of Viterbi, I am involved in political campaigns.