USC Price School of Public Policy

Office of Career Services

Price Career Fair

Career planning and preparation is a defining element of every student’s USC Price experience.  Our Career Services staff maintains strong connections with employers and alumni across the public policy sphere, and we provide resources that give students a competitive advantage after graduation.  In fact, from the moment a student arrives on campus, USC Price wants him/her to think about future plans and the steps it will take to get there.  In addition, Career Services is available to our graduates who are applying for or transitioning into new jobs.

We believe Price School graduates are among the most diverse, driven, and well-equipped to make meaningful contributions to the organizations they serve. Our Career Services team is excited to help you achieve your goals.




The Price Office of Career Services has launched a signature Career Development Program (CDP) for students — USC Price is the only public policy school in the nation offering this level of comprehensive career training.

The Career Development Program (CDP) immerses students in five Boot Camps covering the following topics:

  • Resume – Creating the Perfect Ad
  • Creating Your LinkedIn Profile and Developing Your Professional Branding Statement
  • Adopting a Proactive Job Search Strategy
  • Networking Nuts & Bolts
  • Interview Strategies and Tactics

Individual Career Development Plan (iCDP) – Following the completion of the boot camps, participating students will “graduate” with a completed individual Career Development Plan (iCDP). The iCDP will be the student’s road map for his/her job search. The iCDP will include the following components:

  • Professional Objective / Positioning Statement
  • Potential Roles
  • Skill Gap Assessment / Action Plan
  • Core Competencies
  • Target Market(s)
  • Company / Organization Target List
  • Networking / Communication Strategy
  • Execution Plan / Timeline

Labs – Our office has launched a series of hands-on, interactive, and collaborative “labs”; they allow students to dive deeper into topics covered during the boot camps.

Success Teams – Success Teams were launched in the Spring 2015 semester and will continue throughout the year. The Teams are offered to students who are seeking internships or fulltime employment. The goal of the Success Team is to provide Price students with a fun environment to discuss job search strategies, review trends in the job market, and gain insight on marketing oneself to potential employers.




Alumni Panels – Panels focus on career paths that a Price student might pursue as it relates to his/her specific major, as well as insight on the job search process in general.

Career Coach Peer-to-Peer Program (P2P) – The P2P program affords second-year Price students an opportunity to serve as career development coaches for first-year students. These mentoring relationships provide opportunities for first-year students to define and work through critical career development goals and for second-year students to build an enhanced coaching skill-set.

Career Treks – From Sacramento, to the inaugural trek to New York City, our office is committed to connecting Price students to employer and opportunities in the places they want to be the most.

Executive-in-Residence (EiR) – Price students have the chance to work closely with a senior-level executive(s) who help review job search strategies, discuss iCDP, and generate networking opportunities.

Externship – Externships offer undergraduate and graduate students an extended “shadowing” opportunity, and provides them with real-world exposure to settings relevant to their current or desired area of study. As Hosts, you are encouraged to examine the career interests, skills, and competencies of your Extern from the perspective of a future employer, and to share practical and professional insights during the visiting experience. The Price Externship Program takes place during student spring break: March 13-17.
View list of externship host sites »

Networking Event / Job Fairs – These events bring students and professionals together in an environment conducive to productive conversation and networking. As a USC Price student, you have many opportunities to meet with alumni and professionals who are eager to help you understand the latest trends within various industries and sectors. These events are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Price Professional Mentor Program (PPMP) – The goal of this program is to match current Price students with alumni who share common career interests and goals. Mentors serve as role models, offer advice on academic and career goals, and guide students as they begin to develop professional networks. The role of the Mentor in this program is to assist the student in career planning, build self-esteem, facilitate networking, and help the student design realistic goals.


We welcome the opportunity to connect with you:


How to make an appointment for Career Advisement

It’s now easier than ever to make an appointment with a USC Price career advisor!

Just log onto your PriceNet account, click Calendar and Request New Appointment. Choose the availability that best works for your schedule. You can even download your appointment to your own personal calendar!

You may meet with any of our advisors:

  • Valerie Savior – Director of Career Services
  • Allyson Himelstein – Career Services Advisor

*Additional advising appointments are available on a walk-in basis on Fridays in STU B-1 from 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm.

Career Services Team

  • Valerie Savior
    Director of Career Services
    Phone: (213) 740-7481
  • Allyson Himelstein (bio)
    Career Services Advisor
    Phone: (213) 740-0546

Contact Information and Office Hours

  • Office Hours
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday through Friday
    3518 Trousdale Parkway
    VKC, Suite 382
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
  • Phone:
    (213) 740-0546