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USC Iovine and Young Academy 2018 class: Problem-solvers who break the traditional mold

Caitlin Tran had a difficult choice to make — Silicon Valley or the Hill. The 21-year-old wasn’t even a college graduate and she was about to turn down a job offer from Facebook’s VR company Oculus to work in politics, interning for the nonprofit the United State of Women in Washington, D.C. But that’s the type of problem graduates of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy have. The academy’s first cohort will graduate next month. During its four years at USC, the cohort’s 30 students launched companies, interned at tech companies and served as guinea pigs for the first program of its kind.