Tools for Success
Primarily for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation majors, academic advisement, internships, campus resources and information on university policies and procedures can be found here. Other students may find this information useful as well.
Academic advisement is provided to majors through the Student Services Office in HSH 101. The staff adviser provides information regarding academic life at the university, program requirements, policies and procedures to assist students with their degree completion. Majors are required to meet with the adviser before registering each semester. Appointments may be scheduled at most times during the academic year.
Under special circumstances course waivers and substitutions may be granted. All course waivers and course substitutions must be approved by the executive director of the Academy or her designee.
Iovine and Young Academy Majors must receive a minimum final grade of B- (2.7) in all required courses offered by the Iovine and Young Academy. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the following:
For final grades of C+, C, or C- in a required Academy course, the student must enroll in an approved 1-unit Academy Independent Study designed to ensure he/she has obtained sufficient skill and knowledge in the subject area. The student must enroll in the Independent Study in the semester immediately following the term in which the insufficient grade was received (excluding summer session), and must receive a minimum final grade of B- in the Independent Study. Failure to receive a minimum final grade of B- in the Independent Study will result in a determination of unsatisfactory academic progress, and ineligibility to continue in the major. Substitutions for the Independent Study may occur at the discretion of the director, based on an evaluation of the academic needs of the student, and/or course or instructor availability.
For final grades of D+, D, D-, F or NC in a required Academy course, the student must repeat the course in order to ensure sufficient skill and knowledge in the subject area. The student must repeat the course in the semester immediately following the term in which the insufficient grade was received (or at the earliest opportunity, i.e., in the next semester it is offered), and must receive a minimum final grade of B- in the repeated course. Failure to receive a minimum final grade of B- in the repeated course will result in a determination of unsatisfactory academic progress, and ineligibility to continue in the major. Students may repeat a maximum of two (2) required Academy courses. Receipt of a D+, D, D-, F or NC in a third required Academy course will result in ineligibility to continue in the major.
Note: If a student’s grade results in the need to seek remediation as described above, students are advised that due to prerequisites and other program elements, such remediation may affect the student’s ability to register for subsequent coursework and could result in a delay of the anticipated graduation date.
The Academy strongly encourages internships as experiential learning that allows students to put their skills into practice in a real-world work environment, while expanding their professional networks. The wide-ranging, integrative nature of the Academy curriculum prepares students for internships in a variety of industries and fields.
The Academy actively pursues industry partners to help students find paid and for-credit internship opportunities relevant to their professional ambitions. Academy students are also eligible to apply for internships available to students throughout the University, including the Global Fellows International Internship program, which funds USC students with U.S. citizenship to live and work in Asia for eight weeks in the summer. The USC Career Center also offers an Internship Week each semester that includes moderated information panels and networking sessions to connect qualified students with organizations seeking interns.
Academy students have interned with the following organizations:
Create Advertising Group
The Honest Company
Knock Knock LLC
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Oculus VR Inc.
PayPal Holdings, Inc.
Two Bit Circus
Verizon Digital Media