What We Do
What will you work on in Spark SC? We work in committees to launch and run initiatives that impact the USC community and beyond. Most members participate in multiple committees. Here are some of the committees you could work on:
Every year, Spark SC encourages USC students to take their first step into entrepreneurship through 1000 Pitches. In exchange for a free T-Shirt, students are challenged to spontaneously share an idea in the form of a video pitch.
Startup Career Fair
A flagship event every semester, the Spark SC Startup Career Fair brings out top LA startups to connect with students seeking full-time jobs and internships. Work on outreach and logistics to help strengthen USC’s connection with startups in Los Angeles.
Make an impact in the USC coding and hacking community by joining USC Hackers. Throw monthly Hack Nights and large-scale events that lower the barriers of entry to hacking and bring the community together.
Help connect students with paid internships in Los Angeles through the TechLA Fellows program. Build the TechLA brand, familiarize yourself with LA companies and recruiters, and be the interface between USC and the LA startup community.
Break to Make
Break to Make is an all-women makeathon, which aims to break down gender stereotypes in STEM and introduce maker culture and entrepreneurship to up-and-coming, collegiate-level woman engineers.
Design and manage a social entrepreneurship project, collaborate with nonprofits, and give back to the surrounding LA community. Project Launch helps underserved high school students build the hard skills, soft skills, and growth mindset they will need as leaders of the next generation.
Innovation: Ideas to Impact
Ideas to Impact is an experimental class centered around learning through doing. Help organize the class that teaches the methodology and mindset behind making a real difference in your community.
Spark XM, the Spark SC Podcast, highlights outstanding faculty, alumni, and student entrepreneurs in entertaining 20 minute episodes. Help us plan, record, and produce great audio content that gets published to iTunes and other channels.
Get connected to the growing entrepreneurial scene in Los Angeles. Help organize trips to local companies and get a look at the best of LA technology, design, and more—reach out to founders, build relationships with companies, and set up field trips to companies for students.
Arts, Grooves & Foods
AGF is an art fair that exists at the confluence of art, food, fashion, entertainment and entrepreneurship. Build relationships with exhibitors, speakers, and community members, plan logistics, and work on marketing for this one-of-a-kind event.
Spark SC hosts events that bring hundreds of students together and promote a culture of entrepreneurship at USC. Help us share the excitement at our events through photo, video, writing, and other media. Create marketing campaigns and promotions so that the whole campus can see what we’re up to and get involved.
Design and spread Spark SC’s vision through creative graphic design work. See your work showcased on bulletins and event pages from Cafe 84 to Fertitta Hall.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application process?
The application is three rounds:
- The written application, due September 1, 2017, at 11:59 PM.
- An individual interview.
- A team-based group interview.
Applicants will be notified of their application status after every round. Shortly after the group interview, we will welcome our new members!
How long is the application process?
The application process takes about 10 days, from the written application due date to final decisions.
Is Spark SC a computer science club?
No! We do much more than just coding and hacking.
Is Spark SC an accelerator or incubator?
No. If you'd like to build a product with a team, consider joining Lavalab.
Do you have to be an engineering or business major to apply?
No! We want you to apply, whatever your major or interest. We have members from many schools at USC, and our members have a wide variety of skills and interests.
What if I have a different question?
Great! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.