Career Services

USC Kaufman provides invaluable resources through our Career Services. This includes panel discussions, master classes and workshops for all students. More services, such as professional headshots and monetary stipends, for fourth-year students. USC Kaufman’s Career Services also organizes special events for students to showcase their work and network with directors, choreographers and agents.

With the help of these resources, alumni have secured contracts with Broadway productions and over two dozen companies throughout the United States and other countries. They have also gone on to work in the commercial dance world, and to pursue careers in choreography, arts administration and entrepreneurship.

Dance Internships

USC Kaufman is committed to providing students with the opportunity to build their professional resumes during their four years in the program. Students may take professional development opportunities during the academic year starting their second year. A Dance Internship course allows students to receive credit for extensive work.

Showcases & Networking

USC Kaufman invites industry professionals from all over the country to select performances, as well as senior solo and student choreography showcases. After these events, Career Services holds receptions, where students are able to network with current directors, agents and choreographers. Industry professionals may also attend select rehearsals and classes, giving additional opportunities for students to foster relationships with potential employers.

Workshops & Resources

USC Kaufman also provides several avenues for advice and discussion with seasoned professionals. Faculty members, Artists in Residence and guest speakers serve on panels about the employment climate in different sectors of the dance industry. Topics have included Los Angeles commercial work, concert dance in Europe, the New York dance scene and entrepreneurship in dance.

To further prepare students, Career Services works to ensure that graduating students have the appropriate materials in their professional portfolio. Professional headshots, formatted resumes and reel footage are all offered to students for their use. The school also manages an online portal that students can check for exclusive job and audition postings. In addition, a professional development board is updated with intensives, festivals and more. Once students plan auditions, they can request to be excused from classes for appropriate auditions and jobs.

In addition to providing these career resources, Career Services works to support BFA students with interests outside of performance and choreography.