CS Industry Affiliate Program

Industry Affiliate Program

The USC Computer Science Department Industry Affiliate Program was created to foster dynamic, mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships between academic and industry leaders committed to advancing goals in education, research, technology, and entrepreneurialism in the fields of computer science and interdisciplinary computing.

The Computer Science (CS) Department Industry Affiliate Program provides engagement opportunities with our exceptionally talented students, world-class faculty, and innovative researchers in an array of path-setting disciplines. Our CS Department currently has over 1,200 undergraduates, 2,000 Masters, 360 PhD students, over 40 tenure/tenure track professors, 20 teaching faculty, and over 30 research professors. We are ranked 4th in alumni hires by Silicon Valley (behind Stanford, Berkeley and CMU)*.



Our team will develop a customized engagement plan with your company that can include a wide array of recruitment events, and publication and promotion of hiring opportunities.


Introductions to faculty and researchers, invitations to conferences, seminars, research presentations, and other special events.


As a USC CS Industry Affiliate, your company is recognized throughout the year and is publicized in the CS website and social networks.

Affiliate Members

Founding Members Platinum


We offer four partnership tiers to accommodate the preferred level of investment and involvement desired by your company. Annual partnerships start at $5,000 per academic year, with a three-year commitment encouraged.

Affiliate Partnership Tiers

$5,000 CS Affiliate
$10,000 CS Affiliate Silver
$25,000 CS Affiliate Gold
$50,000 CS Affiliate Platinum

Each affiliate is able to determine the participation areas of your company’s choice. Please contact us for additional details and program offerings.


Vanessa Yang
Vanessa Yang
Managing Director, Plug and Play
"It is our honor to partner with USC. The Industry Affiliate Program (IAP) is the best bridge for USC students to connect with big corporates, VCs, accelerators and startups. "
Kayleigh Bottini
Kayleigh Bottini
Sr. University Recruiter, Lyft
"Being a part of the IAP program has been a fantastic experience! We have had a lot of access to strong students of all levels and the flexibility to plan events that worked for our needs. Organizing more targeted events for the skills we focus on is imperative for our recruiting cycle and IAP gives you the opportunity to do just that. We look forward to our continued partnership and bringing more Trojans to Lyft!”
Chelsea Mitchell
Chelsea Mitchell
University Recruiter - Technical Roles, Microsoft

"Since becoming members of the Industry Affiliate Program (IAP), we have increased hiring on almost all levels and our diversity has increased.”

Past Events

Day retreat

Day Retreat, Back-to-School Social
Rooftop Pool,
1010 Wilshire, Downtown LA

Wellness and working retreat for our computer science students and affiliate.

PhD 1

PhD Lunch and Tech Talk
USC Campus

A luncheon and tech talk, directly connecting our affiliates with computer science PhD students.

Ice cream social

Ice Cream Social
USC Campus

A fun social event, encouraging interaction between students and our affilliates.


Grace Hopper Report Presentations
USC Campus

A roundtable discussion with a casual and collaborative atmosphere, celebrating women in tech and discussing conference takeaways.

Additional Information

Our industry partners play an essential role in the continued success of our department, our students, and our ever-growing alumni network. We look forward to working with you, welcome your questions, and invite you to visit with us to discuss becoming a CS Industry Affiliate.

For more information, please contact Julia Mittenberg-Beirao, Executive Assistant to the Chair, at mittenbe@usc.edu.

Published on May 30th, 2018

Last updated on August 17th, 2023