Our workplace

USC is committed to providing a safe, productive, and ethical workplace for all employees. In addition to the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, USC operates 21 schools and other academic units, as well as all the administrative units that support the academic units. Although most USC employees work at the University Park or Health Sciences campus, other employees work at one of USC’s enormous array of “satellite” locations – some in Southern California (downtown L.A., Playa del Rey, Alhambra, Orange County, Catalina, and more), some elsewhere in the state (San Diego, Sacramento), and some across the country (Washington, DC). USC also maintains offices across the globe (multiple offices in South America, Asia, and Europe).

Additional workplace information

USC’s organization is explained on the university’s Senior Administration page.

The ideas that drive the university are explained on the Policies and Core Documents page, including USC’s role and mission, and code of ethics. We expect each and every employee to abide by the highest ethical standards. In addition, in both policy and practice we ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and university policy. To support the highest level of ethics, integrity, and compliance, USC’s Office of Professionalism and Ethics provides information and a hotline to direct questions or concerns. See their website for details.

All university policy is housed on the official USC policy website – that is the only place where official policy is posted. In addition to official university policy, other offices across USC have established guidelines, processes and procedures to help enhance the student or employee experience. A few links you may find helpful in relation to policies, guidelines, processes and procedures:

Employees are expected to familiarize themselves with all university policy, and adhere to it.

University Policy website

The Faculty Portal contains a wealth of information for all USC faculty members.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website has vital information for all postdoctoral scholars.

USC appreciates its student workers, and student workers appreciate the opportunity to earn money while building their skill sets (and resumes).

Keep in mind that student workers are generally limited to no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session (fall or spring semesters or summer sessions). More hours may be worked during winter recess, spring break, or summer when student is not enrolled in classes.

Students may find it helpful to print out our schedule template so they can fill in their class/work hours to share with their managers or to keep as a reference for themselves.

Policies and pay

Student workers, like all employees, should be aware of all USC employment and workplace policies.

Common paycheck questions are answered at the payroll FAQ for student workers; also see USC payroll schedules.

You will need to track your time in Workday, the university’s comprehensive HR system. Helpful information for getting started with Workday is on the Workday Help site.

Enjoy the convenience of having your paycheck hit your account on payday. You can also send your pay to more than one account. Set it up in Workday – but first check our handy guide to setting up direct deposit on the Workday Help site.

Resources for international students are available from the Office of International Services.

Any other work-related questions? Contact the HR Service Center.

Professionalism and training

Some campus jobs provide uniforms, T-shirts or some other attire appropriate for the position. If that is not the case where you work, please be aware that USC does expect all workers to wear appropriate attire in all campus job environments. Be particularly aware of appropriate attire for office settings.

The Career Center has training for student workers available. This free video series is designed to teach students about professional etiquette and expectations as they gain experience in a workplace for the first time. Managers and student employees can set aside time for student employees to complete the modules and to discuss the concepts together. See the program on the Career Center site.

Find a campus job

Watch for the USC work-study job fair in the fall and spring, where campus employers look for student help.

Finding a job on campus

USC Career Center (jobs and internships)

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