ISI Rising Star Internships


USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is pleased to offer Rising Star Internships to a select, highly competitive group of Master's of Science applicants in Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and similar disciplines.

ISI is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. Rising Star interns may pursue work in a range of technical areas, based on their interests and the current research environment at ISI. Representative technical areas of interest available to our interns include:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Technologies
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Understanding
  • Cybersecurity
  • Networking and Networked Systems
  • Novel Computer Architectures and Systems
  • Microelectronics and Electronic Systems
  • Quantum Computing

2020-21 Rising Star interns Erin Szeto and Nicholas Klein

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Benefits of this part-time, paid internship include:

  • Work directly with top USC faculty and researchers
  • Secure an internship for the duration of your MS program, subject to a periodic review of progress
  • Enhance your graduate experience by actively contributing to research at a world-class institute
  • Distinguish yourself with a visible, concrete record of accomplishment: development of significant software systems, publications, contributions to the open-source software community, and more
  • Earn a partial tuition scholarship in addition to internship salary
Applicant Criteria

The Rising Star internships are open to all U.S. and International students applying to a full-time, on-campus Master's program in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Other criteria:

  • Preference given to students applying to Computer Science, Data Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering MS programs
  • Strong academic background. Undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended
  • Undergraduate degree must be in engineering, math, or a hard science such as physics or chemistry
  • Some research experience preferred
  • Strong interest and demonstrated ability in one or more of the career tracks described below



Below are the steps and deadlines for Rising Star applications:

  1. Submit your online Graduate Application for Admission and all required materials, including transcripts, test scores and supplemental materials (if applicable), by the Fall 2024 deadline of December 15, 2023
  2. Complete and submit the ISI Rising Star Application Form by January 1, 2024
  3. Final candidates will be interviewed by one or more potential faculty supervisors in late March or early April. **Due to the competitive nature of this internship opportunity, only students who have submitted their Statement of Intent by April 1, 2024 will be considered. 

Published on September 20th, 2021

Last updated on October 3rd, 2023