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.

 

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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.

 

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ADDITIONAL CAREER PROGRAMMING

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.

Sacramento Area Career Trek (SACT) – The Sacramento Area Career Trek (SACT) is a new and exciting program designed to connect our students with employers/alumni in the State Capital. With 500+ USC Price alumni living and working in the Sacramento area, this is an amazing opportunity for students to build their professional network.

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.

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.

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.

CONNECT WITH US!

We welcome the opportunity to connect with you:

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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:

  • Scott Turner – Director of Career Services
  • Julie Labich – Associate Director of Employer Relations
  • Lisa Luna – 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

Contact Information and Office Hours

  • Office Hours
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday through Friday
    Address:
    VKC, Suite 386
    3518 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
  • Phone:
    (213) 740-0546
    Twitter:
    @PriceCareers
    Email:
    price.careers@usc.edu