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The Viterbi School is a

"Community of Honor" - the


actions of one of us represent us
all. Rather than having an
academic culture drowning in
rules and warnings, we aspire to a
higher standard of conduct, one
driven by a lifelong commitment
to excellence in all our endeavors
Dean Yortsos

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What surprised you about


coming to Los Angeles/USC?

Objectives
Understand what it means to be part of USC
Viterbi: A Community of Honor
Understand how to apply the principles of the
Community of Honor academically &
professionally
Identify cultural differences between the U.S.
& other countries
Meet at least 2 of your classmates

Viterbi Community of Honor


We are the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, a
community of academic and professional integrity. As
students, faculty, and staff our fundamental purpose is the
pursuit of knowledge and truth. We recognize that
ethics and honesty are essential to this mission and
pledge to uphold the highest standards of these
principles.
As responsible people of engineering, our lifelong
commitment is to respect others and be fair in all
endeavors. Our actions will reflect and promote a
community of honor.

USC Viterbi Honor Code


Engineering enables and empowers our ambitions and
is integral to our identities. In the Viterbi community,
accountability is reflected in all our endeavors.
Engineering+ Integrity.
Engineering+ Responsibility.
Engineering+ Community.
Think good. Do better. Be great.
These are the pillars we stand upon as we address the
challenges of society and enrich lives.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/academics/integrity/
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Honor in Action: Career


Part 1: Individual Work
Read Multiple Internship Offers Case Study
Complete the Pros/Cons and Expected Outcomes
portion by yourself
Note: each group has the same background but
different next steps
Part 2: Group Work
Discuss the Pros/Cons and Expected Outcomes to
compile a master list
Select a spokesperson to report out to the whole session
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John: Next Steps


John declines the offer with DM in hopes of
getting a position with BDC
John emails BDC twice a day for a response but
doesnt get a reply
John also calls the BDC recruiters direct line (as
listed on her business card) and leaves very
polite voicemail messages at least once a day

John: Pros & Cons


Pros
Kept his word
Didnt settle for a
company he didnt
want

Cons
No guaranteed
internship
Excessive
communication may
impact relationship
with BDC

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John: Outcomes
BDC contacts John to say unfortunately they are
unable to offer him an internship
John lets them know that he declined another offer
BDC understands but still does not have an
internship for John
BDCs recruiter advises John that in the future, he
should communicate directly with each company
to establish a timeline.

Note: John should be mindful of his excessive


communication as the recruiters are usually traveling
& interviewing multiple candidates
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David: Next Steps


David does not respond to DM, neither
accepting or declining the job offer, as he is still
waiting to hear from BDC
DM continues to reach out to David, as they
would like a timely decision on their offer
Due to finals, David waits two weeks to reply to
their email. When he does reply, he shares that
he still needs time

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David: Pros & Cons


Pros
Keeping both options
open
Prioritizing his school
work

Cons
Lack of timely
communication with
DM
Lack of follow up with
BDC

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David: Outcomes
BDC contacts David to say unfortunately, they
are unable to offer him an internship position
David immediately reaches out to DM to accept
their offer
DM informs David that because he did not
respond in a timely manner, they offered the
internship to a more enthusiastic and
responsive candidate and they no longer have
an internship for him

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Susie: Next Steps


Still wants the dream job with BDC but wants to
make sure she has an internship for the summer
so she accepts the offer with DM
BDC calls one week later & offers Susie an
internship
Susie immediately accepts the internship with
BDC
Susie sends DM an email, and lets them know
that she is no longer available to pursue the
internship with them
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Susie: Pros & Cons


Pros
Accepted offer at
dream company

Cons
Damage relationship
with DM

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Susie: Outcomes
When Susie contacts BDC for next steps she
is referred to the University Recruiter
Susie is informed that BDC is now rescinding
the offer for lack of professionalism and
candor

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Susie: Outcomes Continued


BDC & DM representatives both sit on a USC
advisory board, and it was shared that a
student reneged on an offer.
When the details and Susies name were
shared, BDC was outraged. Their
representative immediately contacted their
team, GAPP, Career Connections and Dean
Yortsos rescinding the offer and threatening
to pull USC from their recruitment calendar.
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Susie: Outcomes Continued


DM now has an unfilled internship which
could have gone to another student in need of
an opportunity

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Honor in Action: Optimal


Approach
Bring up considerations or concerns
Work with both companies to evaluate all offers
within the timeframe
Allows a partnership between you and recruiters

Remove yourself from recruiting process once accept


offer
Maintains your commitments
Companies talk to each other yes, really!

Engage Viterbi Career Connections for guidance


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Viterbi Masters Career Success


Course (CSC)

Designed for incoming international students to prepare to:


Begin career search
Meet with Employers
Students overwhelmingly said CSC is a valuable tool in the
job search
Online through Desire2Learn after 4th week of class
Must watch all of the videos & pass the quiz to be eligible to
apply for CPT or AT while pursuing your MS

Utilize Viterbi Career Connections Office in RTH 211 or


viterbi.usc.edu/careers/ for more support

Honor in Action: Academics


Activity:
Everyone will move around the room to show level of
(dis)agreement with each statement
With each statement youll pick your level of
(dis)agreement you may move to a new corner with
each statement or stay where you are
Be ready to share why you selected the level of
agreement you did

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Honor in Action: Academics

You dont understand an


assignment, but your friend does.
It is ok to ask them to help you.

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Honor in Action: Academics


The professor gives an assignment to
write code to make a program more
efficient.
It is ok for you and your friends to
discuss what aspects of the code are
inefficient in preparing to do the
assignment.
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Honor in Action: Academics

The whole class is asked to write a


paper on the same topic.
It is ok for you and a group of
classmates to split up the research
topics and share the information as
long as everyone writes their own
paper.
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Honor in Action: Academics

Bottom LineIt depends:


-

Course
Instructor
Syllabus
Assignment

When in doubt, ask the professor


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Class: Starts at the scheduled time


Appointments: Arrive 5-15 min

Cultural Comparison
What are you accustomed to
with start & end times?

early

Closing Time: Arrive well before

Policies are strict or is there


room to negotiate?
How do you assemble when
youre waiting for something?
Do you ask questions to
positions of authority?

Policies are firm


Stand in a line (queue up)
while waiting
Questioning faculty is
appreciated
Arguing with faculty is
disrespectful

How close do you stand or sit


when talking to others?

Personal distance: 3-4 feet

When do you ask for help?

Asking for help is ok & can be a


sign of strength

Take Away Exercise


Write down 3 things you learned and want to
remember from todays workshop

https://gapp.usc.edu

https://gapp.usc.edu/students/masters/residential

https://gapp.usc.edu/students/masters/resources

Masters Student Affairs


Binh Tran
Associate Dean
Masters Services

Patricia Rinehart
Advisor
Master's Services

Meredith Mitnick
Assistant Director
Graduate Events and Programming

Nora Sandoval
Senior Programs Advisor
Masters Services

Yadi Wang
Coordinator
International Student Programs

Student Resources
SCampus
Mandatory Online Courses
Think About It
USC Career Center
On the Safe Side
USC Department of Student Affairs
Bias Assessment Response & Support
Disability Services and Programs (even for temporary disabilities)
Office of International Services
Resources for Veterans
Residential Education
Student Judicial Affairs & Community Standards
Student Support and Advocacy
Trojans Care for Trojans (TC4T)
USC Engemann Student Health Center
Center for Women & Men
Student Counseling Services
USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

Wellness.usc.edu
Wellness includes our wellbeing in multiple forms
including physical, social,
community, and a sense of
purpose

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Viterbi Grad Welcome Week


DATE

8/15
8/16
8/17

8/18

Time
10:00am
11:30am
2:00pm
3:30pm
1:00pm
2:30pm
1:00pm
2:00pm

Activity

Location

SCavenger Hunt

OHE Patio

What to do if Safety
Workshop

EEB 132

True Colors Workshop

TBA

Mindfulness/Stress Relief
Session

OHE 100B

USC Wide Welcome Events August 16th August 28th

Around LA
SCPR.org
HiddenLA
Laist

Additional list will be sent to you via email later


this week
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GAPP Contact Info


Email: Masters@gapp.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4488
Office: OHE 106 (8:30am 5:00pm)
Website: gapp.usc.edu

facebook.com/viterbi.gapp

@USC_GAPPenings
Blog

gappblog.usc.edu/
gapp.usc.edu/connect
#ViterbiGAPP

@DeanYortsos