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Career Resources for Students

The Office of Corporate Engagement at the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management connects students with career-related campus resources and provides experiential learning opportunities to build relationships with top employers. 


Handshake is the university's official job posting and search platform. It is a great place for USC students to find jobs and internships with hundreds of employers. All students are encouraged to complete a profile on Handshake.

Completing a short interest survey helps students get discovered by employers who are looking for candidates with specific skills and experience.

Once students have created a profile, they can use Handshake to search for jobs, networking events and career fairs. You can easily save your search and favorite employers to quickly find new job postings that meet your search criteria. You will be notified when your favorite employers post jobs or events that may be of interest to you.

Many recruiters post tips on how to maximize your Handshake experience. Additional recruiter tips can be found here.

Experience Expo

The College of HRSM Experience Expo is held each semester and gives students the opportunity to meet with employers and explore opportunities to gain international and on-campus experience through study abroad and student organizations. This valuable career fair is designed specifically for HRSM students. Learn more about the upcoming Experience Expo.

HRSM Career Coach

Jessica Gibson is available to help HRSM students with questions about  resumes, interview preparation and the internship and job search. For help with your resume, email it to to receive feedback Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tips and Additional Resources

  • Being prepared to meet prospective employers will help you feel comfortable landing and completing interviews. Check out these helpful resources on: Resume writing, interview preparation and practice interviews.
  • Employers want to know that candidates have taken time to learn about their company. Be sure to research companies of interest by following them on social media and reviewing their websites.
  • Make sure to check Handshake to see if your favorite employers have positions posted or have any upcoming events for USC students.
  • Are you on LinkedIn? It is a social platform for professionals that helps you network and find jobs. Join today and follow companies that you are interested in learning about. Connect with faculty, peers and professionals you know. Make sure to include a professional looking headshot.
  • For additional resources, please visit the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Graduating Senior Survey

If you plan to graduate within the next two semesters, please take a moment to complete the University of South Carolina Graduation Survey. The survey will take about 5-7 minutes to complete. We want to learn more about your next chapter!

Have you found a full-time job?

We want to know! Please complete the Graduation Survey.

Get in Touch

Send an email to to get in touch with a member of our corporate engagement team.

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Erica Lake, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Dean for Opportunity and Engagement / Director of Corporate Engagement
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Erica Lake has many years of experience building relationships with employers and helping them to connect with University of South Carolina students for internships and full-time positions. Prior to Lake's work in the college, she served more than eight years as the associate director for employer relations for the USC Career Center.

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Yiming (Krystal) Qi

Program Coordinator
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Yiming (Krystal) Qi received her bachelor's degree in hospitality management with a minor in event management from the University of South Carolina in May 2022. Qi worked with Sree Hospitality as a guest care associate before beginning her new role with HRSM as a program coordinator.

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