USC Price School of Public Policy

Career Education and Programming

Take an Assessment

Learn about your natural strengths and what motivates you through taking one (or both!) of our career assessments.

Completing this online talent assessment is the first step in discovering what you naturally do best and then learning how to develop your greatest talents.

To better understand what your underlying motivators are—those things that get you up in the morning and working late into the night—take PRINT.

Contact Allyson Dhindsa to learn more about each assessment tool and to access your very own login information.


PMPP 2017

Professional Mentor Program

One of the best takeaways from a USC education is your lifelong membership into the Trojan Family. The USC Price Professional Mentor Program is just one way our students leverage this resource.

PPMP matches students with professionals for the full academic year. Mentors serve as role models, offer advice on academic and career goals, and guide students as they develop their professional network.

Our mentors represent Los Angeles’s best and brightest and hail from organizations like: WSP, The Broad Center, the Office of Mayor Garcetti, the City of Long Beach, Davita Health Care Partners, Deloitte, City of Los Angeles, Kaiser, ICF International and City Ventures

Alumni and employers are in demand, as this program is highly valued by students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Allyson Dhindsa at:

gwen von klanMy experience with the Professional Price Mentorship Program was very positive. In my first year, I was connected with Rama Murty from the City of Berkeley. He provided me with invaluable insight related to choosing classes, applying for internships, and professional etiquette. He also helped me figure out that I wanted to focus my job search in the public sector,…and we have stayed in touch well beyond the scope of the program. On top of checking in and offering advice, he took care to share job openings with me. Now, thanks to his help, I have accepted a full-time job before graduation!
—Gwendolyn Von Klan, MPL ’17


Externship Program

Professional Mentoring Program

The Externship Program is an extended “shadowing” opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. It is concentrated around spring break so students can spend three to five days working directly with professionals on substantive projects.

Professionals are able to examine the student’s interest, skills, and competencies as a potential future employee or intern.

Past externship providers include: Teach for America, Jumpstart, Providence Saint John’s, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, ELP Advisors, Foothill Transit, City of Burbank, Keck, and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Alex Sizemore-SmaleParticipating in the USC Price Externship Program has been one of my favorite experiences as a graduate student. I had the opportunity to extern at ELP Advisors, a consulting firm located in downtown Los Angeles. I sat in on strategic planning meetings, met with clients, learned about public private partnerships, and I also conducted research on the amenities and quality of living of properties owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. As someone with a background in non-profit administration participating in the Externship Program was a valuable introduction to work in the private sector. I loved externing at ELP Advisors and would highly recommend the Externship Program to all Price students. —Alex Sizemore-Smale, MPL (Concentration in Economic Development), ’18



Career Treks

The best way for an individual to learn about his or her field of interest is to go directly to the source, and that is what we facilitate for our outstanding students. This past year, Career Services partnered with Development to bring ten of our students to New York City over Spring Break and twelve to Washington D.C. in the fall. Students return from these experiences with a deeper understanding of what they want to pursue after graduation and an enhanced appreciation of the power of the Trojan Network. In New York, we visited: Capalino & Company, NYC Office of Management and Budget, NYC Department of Transportation (to name just a few) and in D.C., our students met with alumni at Senator Schumer’s Office, Deloitte and the National Counterterrorism Center.

Victoria RochaWhen I started my MPA program in August 2015, I chose to become fully invested in the “Trojan Family,” but it was not until the New York City Trek that I fully experienced what that meant. The generosity of strangers – parents of current students and alumni – who took an interest in my success simply because we all bleed cardinal and gold was something I have never experienced before… —Victoria Rocha, MPA ’17


My Career Essentials

Launched in the Fall of 2017, My Career Essentials are tailored programs just for undergraduates. As previous students ourselves, we understand how overwhelming it can be to fulfill your academic requirements, stay involved in extracurricular activities, hang out with your friends, sleep, eat, breathe, and then…you are expected to get an internship or job on top of that! My Career Essentials will give you the basic tools to ensure that staying on top of everything is fun and exciting. We cover: resume, cover letter, internship/job search, your online brand, networking and LinkedIn.