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Arjun ('18), co-founder of startup Trakfire, participated in SMASHD/labs: A Masterclass in Hustle, a 10-week incubator program sponsored by Atom Factory, a multi-dimensional entertainment and artist management company based in Los Angeles. Trakfire is a community of music enthusiasts that allows users to curate a daily leader board of the best music from independent artists.


“I think the theme that really unites everthing that the Academy does is creativity.”


Jamie ('19) worked as a user experience and strategy intern for The Secret Location, a content studio for emerging platforms like virtual reality and interactive documentaries. During her internship, Jamie provided research and technical support to the Research and Development Lab, as well as to the user experience and strategy teams.

“The hands-on, project-based curriculum is perfect for me. I am excited to use all of the amazing resources the Academy has to offer.”


Suraya ('19) landed a prestigious summer internship at Apple, where she worked on their worldwide developer relations team. In the spring of 2016, Suraya also attended Facebook's F8 Conference, where she had the unique opportunity to learn about the social media site's upcoming plans, in the company of other student scholars.


“Our professors are really as excited about what they are teaching us as
we are to learn it.”


Spring semester 2017, Cam ('19) was a management and production assistant at London Alley, a full service production company based in Marina Del Rey, CA. He is currently a production assistant at VRLIVE, a first generation, virtual reality 360° broadcast network and production company.

“There was no other school I wanted to be in more than the Iovine and Young Academy.”


Jane ('18) interned at Nest Labs where she was the only interactive design intern in their marketing department. During her 12-week internship, Jane worked alongside Nest's visual designers, copywriters and marketing managers to create digital media that will be used in the company's marketing campaigns and channels. 


“The program allows me to explore all the creative fields that I am interested in whilst also maintaining a practical, business-oriented mindset.


Jacob ('20) is a playwright, actor and puppeteer. He has participated in local theater since 5th grade. In 2015, he founded Ellipsoid Players, an award winning theater company that annually participates in the San Diego Fringe Festival, with past productions including “My Mother’s in the Audience” and “Hateful Hands.” 

“The opportunities, connections and experiences the Academy offers seemed like nothing I had seen anywhere else.

“Dr. Dre and I found it really hard to find kids whose education encompasses technology, the arts and innovation. So at USC, we’re creating a brand new program right here.”