If Federal Work-Study eligibility is listed on your financial aid award, you can apply for an approved Federal Work-Study job. Most of these jobs are on campus. You must demonstrate financial need, meet all application deadlines, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and enroll for the number of units upon which your financial aid award was based (undergraduates) or take at least eight units for credit each semester (graduate and professional school students).
To take advantage of Work-Study funds, you must find a job. The annual USC job fair is held the Friday before the first week of the Fall semester.
Campus job openings are advertised on connectSC, a service of the Career Planning & Placement Center, and in the Daily Trojan. Jobs can also be found on flyers posted around campus and through word of mouth. Many USC departments accept walk-in applicants.
You may work a maximum of 20 hours per week when USC is in session and a maximum of 40 hours per week during vacations, with your employer's permission.
Work-Study awards range from $800 to $3,500 per year. Every two weeks you will receive a paycheck from your employer for the hours worked, which can be used for personal and miscellaneous expenses not billed by the university. When your total earnings equal the amount of your award, you must stop working—unless your employer agrees to hire you as a non-Work-Study employee. Depending upon the availability of funds, you may appeal to have your work-study award increased.
If you do not have Work-Study eligibility, or need to earn more than the maximum permitted amount, you can look for a non-Work-Study job on campus (e.g., USC Auxiliary Services, The University Bookstore, Transportation Services). In addition to the Web sources listed under Finding a Job, you can search other Internet sites, such as craigslist.
Although internships are generally unpaid, an internship in your field of study can help prepare you for your chosen career. You gain an insider’s perspective on your chosen industry, as well as future contacts. The value of an internship is limited only by the extent of your curiosity and commitment.