​Undergraduate Business Passport Program

​Go farther in your career.

Our Professional Development Passport Program is our way of helping you get a head start on a rewarding career. With faculty and career services by your side, we will help you polish your career-building skills and networking contacts. You will become familiar with professional development, which includes job searching techniques, resume building, interviewing skills and other career opportunities.

Whether you are considering a career in marketing, finance or any other field, USD's Career Development Center and professional staff offer you personalized guidance. You will get easy access to key resources, support and guidance along your career path — every step of the way.

Professional Development Passport Program Requirements

We recommend that students strive to complete this requirement by the first semester of their senior year. Student are responsible for completing the three required activities in addition to accumulating nine "flexible" Passport points while a business major at USD. Students are also responsible for obtaining and providing appropriate attendance verification for events. This may include signing in at the beginning or end of a USD event, completing a survey or reflection form or, in the case of non-USD events, discussing the event with Career Development Center staff prior to attending the event.

All Passport events must be approved by the Knauss School of Business Undergraduate Career Development Center Office. You can check your progress by visiting the UG Business page on the MySanDiego portal, which can be found under the Torero Hub tab. There, you will see which required events you've completed and how many "flexible" passport points you accumulated. Note that it may take up to two weeks for the course to reflect events and points. Your USD Senior Exit Survey may take longer, depending on when we receive names and student identification numbers.

Three required activities

  • Once you've declared your business major, attend an orientation session with Career Development Center staff
  • Attend a networking event
  • Complete the online USD Senior Exit Survey, which is located on your "Senior" tab in the MySanDiego portal

Nine flexible passport points

You can accumulate nine flexible passport points by attending professional-related activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending a Career Development Center workshop
  • Attending a career fair
  • Participating in a networking event
  • Attending a business speaker/panel (outside the classroom)
  • Completing a Not-For-Credit Internship related to your career. Earning Passport credit for an internship requires two steps:
    • Complete the "Internship Registration" form before starting your internship to ensure that the experience meets the criteria outlined by NACE below.
    • Once your internship has concluded fill out the "Internship Reflection" form. Your reflection will be reviewed by the Career Development Center team to determine the number of Passport Points you will receive.
  • Participating in a community service project
  • Attending a professional-related seminar or conference off-campus (must be approved by School of Business Career Development team)
Student organizations, faculty, staff and community member seeking Passport approval for an event must submit an Event Approval Request Form at least one week in advance to the event or activity.

Statement on academic integrity

All members of the University community share the responsibility for maintaining an environment of academic integrity; academic dishonesty is a threat to the University. Acts of academic dishonesty include: a) unauthorized assistance on an examination; b) falsification or invention of data; c) unauthorized collaboration on an academic exercise; d) plagiarism; e) misappropriation of resource materials; f) any unauthorized access of an instructor's files or computer account; or g) any other serious violation of academic integrity as established by the instructor.

Gain valuable business experience—while you're still in school.

Learn about our internship program where you can apply coursework in a real-world setting.