Open Student Intern Position (PAID) – Office of Advancement, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Open Student Intern Position (PAID) – Office of Advancement, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Join the Major Gifts Team of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. You will be supporting the team by creating academic and community research profiles crucial to developing new funding opportunities for programs, aid packages, and facilities that benefit students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Dornsife. You will work within one of the focus areas: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science, or Community (groups with constituencies beyond Dornsife). You will also have the opportunity to experience advancement activities at a major private research university. In addition to working with our major gifts team, you will be working with other student interns on a variety of projects. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, just across the street from the L.A. Public Library, and is easily accessible by the DASH transit system.

Major academic institutions and nonprofits worldwide use development research to fuel their fundraising. The research and fundraising experience gained with Dornsife can lead to jobs in the nonprofit and educational spheres. And those skills can also be applied to jobs in today’s information-driven business market.

Interns are paid hourly. Work hours are flexible, but students should be available for approximately ten (10) hours per week for spring 2014; and at least twenty (20) hours per week in summer 2014.

Research experience using databases (financial, biographical, and philanthropic) in addition to special proficiency in internal Internet tools; detail-oriented with impeccable organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to take initiative and work independently; and takes direction well. Previous work experience in an office setting or having performing administrative duties are a plus. Graduate students preferred, however, all applicants are considered. Bi-lingual a plus.

New Summer Course: FREN 499- Indigenous Language Revitalization

Indigenous Language Revitalization: FREN 499

No previous foreign language experience needed, course is taught in English.  French components are required for French minors and majors.

The Department of French and Italian are offering a 4-unit Problems without Passports course.  The course lasts 7 weeks (May 21-July 8) including a 2-week field experience in Louisiana with New Orleans as the home base.

For more information, please visit the PwP website or e-mail Jessica Kanoski at

ChangeFire – Nicaragua Project – summer opportunity


Paid USC Dornsife Corporate and Foundation Relations Interns (Summer)

The Advancement Office of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences seeks USC student interns to assist the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) staff in its Downtown Los Angeles office. The Office of CFR is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from private foundations and corporations in support of the Dean’s highest priorities. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in a robust development office of a major research university.  Our interns will enjoy a professional working space in a fast-paced office in the heart of the Downtown financial district!

The interns will play an integral role in CFR— including foundation and corporate prospect research, clipping reports on corporate industry trends, heavy prospecting research on foundations, grants management and stewardship. This position supports a ten-person team, and responsibilities include everyday tasks such as filing, organization, data entry, errands, scheduling, some phones, but will also include a fair amount of research and writing.

Interns are paid hourly. Work hours are flexible, but student must be available at least 10 hours a week for Summer 2014. Internship can be taken for course credit if desired. Position starts May 2014.


Strong organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to work independently, takes direction well, keen attention to detail, and proficiency using internet tools for research are a must. Previous work experience in an office setting or performing administrative duties are a plus. Graduate students and upperclassmen preferred.

Application Instructions

Please submit resumes and cover letters to Travis Newhouse at with “CFR Intern Application” in the subject line. For more information about the CFR Office, please visit our website:

  1. Type of Opportunity
    • Job or Internship Opportunity
  2. Relevant Dornsife Majors: All

ITP now offers summer courses

ITP (Information Technology Program) in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering now offers summer courses!  Also, check out our new course offerings for the fall.


ITP 104: Web Publishing, (2 units); no prerequisites

Web publishing using HTML, CSS and other Web technologies. Concepts and theory of Web site creation, page layout and production. Introduction to advanced topics.

Meets from 5/22 – 7/2

11:00-1:50pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

KAP 267

Instructor: Patrick Dent

ITP 165: Introduction to C++ Programming (2 units); no prerequisites Fundamentals of C++ syntax and semantics, including function prototypes, overloading, memory management, abstract data types, object creation, pointers to class members, and I/O streams.

Meets from 5/21 – 7/1

3:00-4:50pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays,  and Thursdays

KAP 107

Instructor: Sanjay Madhav

ITP 230: Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units); no prerequisites

Survey game software development through quality assurance and in-depth analysis of the development cycle with a focus on bug testing systems and methodologies.

Meets from 5/21 – 8/12

2:00-4:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

OHE 542

Instructor: Tom Sloper


ITP 479: Cyber Law and Privacy (3 units); no prerequisites

Cyber legal issues, search and seizure, 4th amendment and digital evidence, private searches, case law relating to search and seizure

5:30-8:20pm Tuesdays

KAP 267

Instructor: Benny Forer, Deputy District Attorney, LA County District Attorney’s Office

A veteran criminal prosecutor with experience prosecuting cases ranging from narcotics offenses to gang murders to complex white collar crime. A member of the prestigious High-Tech Crimes Unit, focusing on complex technologically based crimes.

Additionally, an experienced lecturer on topics pertaining to criminal justice, criminal procedure, privacy concerns, constitutional issues, sex crimes, complex fraud and white collar offenses.

ITP 499: Technologies for Social Impact (2 units); no prerequisites

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing and changing business field in which business and nonprofit leaders design, grow, and lead mission-driven enterprises.  Students will design learning settings that incorporate emergent social concerns and issues utilizing cutting edge technology. Students explore strategic planning, institutional change processes, and policy issues that influence organizations in a rapidly changing global climate. This course enhances an appreciation for diversity within local and global communities.

7:00-8:50pm Tuesdays

GFS 111

Instructor: Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia

Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an independent interactive media company that creates high quality innovative multi-platform immersive interactive experiences that inspire, empower, and engage children and adults.

Previously, Shirin worked as the Research Manager & Bratz Brand Manager at MGA Entertainment, where she combined her child and youth marketing expertise with her toy marketing experience to perform ongoing research and analysis of the most current industry trends, consumer motivations and competitor activity for over five years. Salemnia was also responsible for the design development of MGA’s Play Lab – a place where dyads and triads of children and their parents gather for in-house qualitative research right on MGA’s premises.

Prior to MGA, Salemnia worked at Mattel, Inc. in Worldwide Consumer Research for the Barbie/Girls Division. Here, in addition to conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, she was responsible for supporting Strategic Planning in all related new business ventures.
ITP 499: Mobile Game Marketing (2 units); no prerequisites

Exposes students to the state of the art of user acquisition for mobile games – aka marketing. Students learn today’s best practices and get hands on with the software tools of the trade by marketing their own USC mobile games. Specifically this means students will use online software tools for planning marketing campaigns, executing marketing campaigns, measuring effectiveness of marketing campaigns, and optimizing marketing campaigns.

6:00-7:50pm Tuesdays

KAP 107

Instructor: Chris Swain

Chris Swain is an entrepreneur, game designer, and long-time contributor to game education at USC. He is founder of Credible Research Corporation – which is a spin-off of the USC Games Institute, a research consortium he directed while a full-time professor teaching games at USC from 2005-2011. Chris led over 50 games and digital products in industry for companies that include: Microsoft, Disney, Sony, Activision, MTV, Warner Brothers, Discovery, BBC, PBS, Intel, and many others. His projects have won over two dozen design awards. Notable games include the world’s first massively multiplayer casual game NetWits – original IP which Swain sold to the Microsoft Network; Multiplayer Jeopardy!; and Multiplayer Wheel of Fortune. The Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune games were landmark hits for Sony Online that helped establish the then new, business of online casual games. Chris was a founding member of the design agency R/GA Interactive which grew from 4 people to over 100 and $0 in revenue to over $50mm annually during his time at the company. Chris’s USC game lab project, The Redistricting Game, is a staple in the redistricting reform community. His game, Ecotopia, was created in collaboration with Conversation International and translated in-game actions by players into real world impact – specifically in into thousands of trees being planted in the Brazilian rain forest. Chris led many other projects while full-time at USC including for Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, LA Times, and the US National Counterterrorism Center.

Questions? Contact us at

Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro this Summer

USC is offering a study abroad trip/program to Rio de Janeiro from May 19 to June 13. Students can take this class to fulfill the GE 2 requirement. Speaking Portuguese is not required, and there are no pre-reqs for this course.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling deadline, so the sooner you turn in your application, the better your chances are of attending.

If you are interested, just email Ellen M Oliveira at

Attached are the flier, Teacher Rec and Application for the program. Good luck


PORT 250g is a GE course, Category II (Global Cultures and Traditions), and it does not have a language requirement. The program duration is four weeks, with the first week in Los Angeles and the last three weeks in Brazil. While in Brazil students will attend lectures, take a four-day study trip to Salvador, a day trip to Petrópolis, and make other visits of cultural interest to the course.  The course material will draw from literature, visual culture, music, and cultural theory. While in Rio students will live with a Brazilian host family.



Due April 15: USC Pacific Asia Museum Summer Internship Opportunity

USC Pacific Asia Museum is offering an unpaid summer internship in the museum’s Education Department.  The ten week internship will take place between May 15 and August 31, 2014.  Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.  

Internship Goals

The Education Intern will be included in all aspects of the museum’s Education Department work, including the development and presentation of public programs, management of school/group tours, Docent and Volunteer program management, gallery interpretation, and community outreach and partnerships.  The Intern will gain experience in day-to-day operations as well as the development of new education initiatives.  The ideal candidate would have a demonstrated interest in museums and/or informal education, a professional attitude, basic computer competency, strong communication skills, ability to work independently, and team spirit.

Please see the attachment for more information.  Questions, cover letters and resume should be submitted to by April 15.


Korean Studies Institute
USC Dana and David Dornsife School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
213-821-4073 fax

USC Provost Offers Summer Program Scholarship Opportunity for Military Students


Riordan College to Career Program: From our friends at UCLA

The Riordan College to Career Program targets first-generation college students who are interested in preparing for internships and careers in management.  Its core purpose is to educate, prepare, and motivate these individuals to competitively apply for and succeed in internships and careers post-college.  In an intensive one-week study to prepare students for their internship with a final follow-up session, College to Career students participate in various workshops, lectures, and activities to build on career skills training, career and academic exploration, and networking skills.


The Riordan College to Career Program uses an online application process, and application decisions are made on a rolling basis.  All applications must be submitted with required documents by April 18, 2014. 


Academic & International Fellowships Upcoming Info Sessions

Graduate Study in London Information Session Thursday, March 6, 2014 2:30-3:30pm Leavey Library Auditorium

Representatives from Imperial College London, King’s College London and University College London will be at USC to discuss UK graduate study. During the session, you will learn how to obtain your Master’s degree in 1 year or a PhD degree in 3 years while gaining international experience. Representatives will also cover the benefits of studying in London, the application process, and how to find scholarships to support your studies.

Scholarships for Graduate Study in the United Kingdom with Nilay Vora & Reid Lidow Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12-1pm Leavey Library Auditorium

We are fortunate to have guest speakers Nilay Vora USC alum and Marshall Scholar, and Reid Lidow recent Gates Cambridge recipient, to share their insight and personal stories. You can read more about Reid’s story here: Scholarships Covered during session: Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships, time permitting Fulbright Student Grant.

Fulbright Information Session

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Leavey Library Auditorium

General Fellowships Information Session

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Leavey Library Auditorium

Fulbright Information Session

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Leavey Library Auditorium

You can find a full list of the fellowships we support on

We also consistently post helpful resources and upcoming deadlines on Facebook




Maymester course, REL 134: Introduction to Buddhist Literature: Ancient Scriptures and Contemporary Buddhist Life

Maymester course, REL 134: Introduction to Buddhist Literature: Ancient Scriptures and Contemporary Buddhist Life (in Los Angeles)

Study Buddhist life in Los Angeles as part of this new Maymester course, based on Professor Meeks’ popular GE, REL 134! This course is two-pronged. Part of the week will be devoted to lecture and discussion sections. In these meetings you will learn about the history of Buddhist literature and will perform close readings of the tradition’s most fundamental texts. During the remainder of the week, we will embark on fieldtrips to Buddhist temples and will interact with local Buddhist nuns, monks, ministers, and lay followers. On these trips you will discover how contemporary Buddhist communities understand, use, and interpret ancient scriptures as they engage with twenty-first-century American society.

This course will count for GE Category II credit and can also count towards major and minor credit in REL and EAAS. Feel free to contact Prof. Meeks if you have any questions: To register for the course, go to REL 134xg, listed under "Religion" in the Dornsife Spring 2014 calendar: . For more information on the course, and on Maymesters, see:

Paris Summer Program

The School of International Relations would like to announce a new summer internship program in Paris (IR 491).

The Paris Program aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union. The course will be taken at the American University of Paris and will focus on weekly topics such as: Comparative Public Policy, Citizenship & Immigration, Going Green European Style, and Doing Business in Europe.

Students will also be assigned an IR-related internship with organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, Paris Chamber of Commerce and other NGOs or business/trade groups.

For more information on the program, please contact the program coordinator, Annie Lam (