Community Internship Program

The USC Career Center has a dedicated staff to help you connect with talented USC students. In addition to serving as your campus contact, Experiential Education Program Coordinators assist employers through the development of internship opportunities. This partnership can help maintain quality internship positions and successful outcomes for each participating organization.

The numbers don't lie.

  • According to a nationwide survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2012, 92.8% of responding employers said they have formal internship programs to recruit entry-level talent.
  • In 2012 NACE reported that 75.7% of new hires, who had completed internships, were retained with the organization after one year.
  • According to a survey of 250 companies by the University of Cincinnati and the Mead Corporation internships prove to be 73% more cost effective over the first 21 months of full-time employment, saving more than $24,000 per intern hired.

Get started now!

  1. Review, sign and mail the Community Internship Program Employer Agreement - This document does not obligate an orgnization to hire a student through the program, but outlines employer eligibility requirements and details of the program structure (document available below).
  2. Register for an account and post an internship position on JobMate - As one of the best ways to reach USC students, JobMate is an online integrated job search resource center that allows students to search for jobs, internships, and employers. To access JobMate see and click on the employer link under the JobMate icon. Upon creation and approval of your account you will be able to post your internship position.
  3. Review and interview candidates - this process is up to the discretion of each employer. If you are interested in conducting your interviews on campus, please contact Kristin Knopf, Recruiting Coordinator at
  4. Hire a USC student - Interns are available in all majors and all fields. Once the internship position has been accepted by the student, employers should prompt students to Report their Hire on JobMate and complete the required Goals Worksheet.

Important Employer Resources

Employer Checklist
Employer Agreement
Internships: To Pay or Not to Pay