Success After Undergraduate

Your Future is Bright

In addition to university wide resources such as the Career Planning and Placement Center, the Viterbi School focuses its efforts to assist students in their next steps beyond graduation with our Viterbi Career Connections (VCC) office. VCC offers career focused support to prepare you for internships, co-ops, and full time employment post graduation. We host a variety of technical companies throughout the year with job openings to fill! You will begin to take advantage of extensive career support specifically for engineering students beginning the first year.

It all starts with advisement. Academic advisement is mandatory every semester at the Viterbi School. In addition to discussing your course plan and selection, we will also discuss your future and how to connect what you do now with what you want to do later. Career focused discussions begin in your freshman year to help you navigate the ideas related to your academic path including various graduate school programs in addition to job opportunities.

Along with employers, we host a number of workshops, information sessions, and large scale events year-round to assist you with planning your next steps. Resume writing, finding and internship/co-op, a number of networking events, the annual Viterbi Career Conference, and our large semi-annual Engineering Career Fairs give students a number of ways to meet employers and explore future opportunities

Destinations after Graduation

Upon graduation, our students take advantage of a number of different opportunities. Our recent graduating classes let us know where they were headed… and it’s quite literally all over the map!

According to our graduation surveys, approximately 72% of our recent graduating classes were headed for employment at the point of graduation while about 24% of them went on to graduate studies. The remaining students pursued service in opportunities like Peace Corps, Teach for America, military service, etc. The average starting salary reported back to us for the class of 2019 was $87,028 (20% higher than the national average of engineering graduates).

Of those attending graduate school directly, approximately 83% went to a Masters degree program while 17% are pursuing their PhD.

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Class of 2019 Average Reported Salary

The average starting salary reported back to us for the class of 2019 was $87,028 (20% higher than the national average of engineering graduates).

87,028

USC Viterbi BS Degrees

69,188

National Average of Engineering BS Degrees
Source: Winter 2020 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Progressive Degree Program

The Progressive Degree Program is an honors accelerated masters program allowing current undergraduate students to complete a combined masters and undergraduate program more quickly, typically in one additional year. This program allows students to begin taking graduate level course work their senior year, and also allows for a reduction in credits towards their masters degree.  Students also have the option to pair their undergraduate studies with a masters in a different field.  Maybe an undergraduate in mechanical wants a masters in aerospace, an undergraduate in civil will do graduate studies in green technologies, and an undergraduate in chemical will pursue a masters in engineering management.  This allows students to shape their careers and futures, and get a jump start into a graduate degree program.

Learn more about the Progressive Degree Program

Viterbi Career Events

There are countless events on campus each semester to network with companies and land your dream job or internship.  Each semester, Viterbi hosts the Viterbi Career Fair, an all day event where recruiters come to campus to talk to students about job openings at their companies.  The Career Conference hosted each fall is a chance for students to attend workshops to hone their recruitment skills while also networking with companies and alumni.  The Viterbi Industry Networking Night (VINE) is for upperclassmen to meet employers in an evening before the career fair, and is focused on networking skills and creating a more conversational atmosphere.  After the career fair, on campus interviews are held through both the USC and Viterbi Career centers, so you don’t even have to leave campus to find your dream job!

Interested in Working at A Startup?

Viterbi cultivates an entrepreneurial culture through a variety of sources- from Viterbi’s Startup Garage to the annual Maaseh Prize Competition.  Every year SparkSC hosts a Startup Career Fair on campus.  Over 30 startup organizations come to campus recruiting top talent like you for jobs and internships within their small company cultures.  This unique opportunity allows students to network with startups and learn more about the climate and culture of working in a company like that!

Check out Viterbi Voices to read student experiences in their career search and internships!

Student Blogs & Videos About Careers

Some Companies Our Students Work For

This list is far from exhaustive, but here is a sample of the companies our graduates work for.

  • Abbott
  • Accenture
  • Acquity Group
  • Advanced Medical Optics
  • Aera Energy LLC
  • AeroVironment Inc.
  • Alcon
  • Altera Corporation
  • Amazon
  • Amben Inc.
  • Apple
  • Applied Signal Technology, Inc.
  • Arrow Electronics
  • AT&T
  • ATK Launch Systems
  • Avanade Inc.
  • BAE Systems
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies
  • Baxter Bioscience
  • Bloomberg
  • The Boeing Company
  • BP America
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • Butler Engineering, Inc.
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Capgemini US LLC
  • Capital IQ
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • CH2M Hill
  • Chevron
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Citigroup
  • City of Los Angeles- Bureau of Sanitation
  • City of Los Angeles- Public Works Sanitation
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Clarkston Consulting
  • Code.org
  • Cognizant
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP
  • Deluxe Digital Studios
  • Denali Software
  • DIRECTV
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • eBay
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • eHarmony
  • Electronic Arts
  • Energy Corporation of America
  • ENSR/AECOM
  • Ericsson
  • Ernst & Young
  • ev3, Neurovascular
  • Extron Electronics
  • ExxonMobil
  • Frito-Lay
  • Garmin International
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • General Electric
  • Global Foundries
  • Google
  • Halliburton
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hitachi Consulting Corporation
  • HJ Heinz Company
  • Honda R&D Americas
  • Honeywell
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • Intel Corporation
  • Jacobs
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • JVC Builders
  • Kaiser Permanente- Information Technology
  • Kiewit Pacific Co
  • KLA-Tencor
  • KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • L-3 Communications, Electron Technologies
  • Laserfiche
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Los Angeles Dpt. of Water and Power
  • Masimo
  • M.C. Gill Corporation
  • MathWorks
  • Maxim Integrated Products
  • MaxLinear, Inc.
  • Medtronic Diabetes
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Morley Builders
  • Motorola
  • MWH Global
  • Navy Engineering Programs
  • NBC Universal
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Oracle Corproation
  • OSIsoft, LLC
  • Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Parsons
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • PayPal Inc.
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
  • Precision Castparts Corp (PCC)
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Qualcomm
  • Raytheon Company
  • Ready at Dawn Studios
  • Rehrig Pacific Company
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhythm & Hues Studios
  • Riot Games
  • Riverbed Technology
  • Samsung
  • SanDisk Corporation
  • SAP America
  • Schlumberger
  • Siemens Water Technologies, Corp.
  • Skanska
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Southern California Edison
  • SpaceX
  • Square
  • Supertex, Inc.
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Ticketmaster
  • T-Mobile
  • Transportation Foundation of LA
  • Trip Advisor
  • Turner Construction
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, LA
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Urban Science
  • URS Corporation
  • USC Information Sciences Insitute
  • ValueClick
  • Vensoft Inc.
  • Verizon
  • Virgin Galactic
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Webcor Builders
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Yahoo!
  • Zynga
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