1,500 Graduates & Growing....

With a powerful network of 1,500-plus graduates over the past 30 years, USC Davis School alumni have become top level administrators in the most prestigious agencies and organizations related to aging in the country.

Our alumni have helped place students in internships and jobs at the U.S. Administration on Aging, the United Nations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services.

The list of successful graduates continues to grow. We invite you to tap into academia's most prolific aging network. Get connected through the USC Davis School.

The purpose of the "Where are they now?" feature is to show how former Leonard Davis School students are applying their degrees in gerontology to a wide variety of professions. It is important for future students to see positive reflections of themselves in the real world.

If you are a Davis School graduate and would like to participate, please fill out the quick and easy questionnaire.

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"That I have a degree from the Davis School of Gerontology has brought me instant credibility when I seek to develop business relationships."more...

 
"[USC] offers the best program in gerontology."
more...
 

"The multi-disciplinary complement of faculty and the courses they offered allowed me to
develop a comprehensive view of the aging population" more...

 
"The USC Davis School is a place I call “ home”.  I enjoyed every learning opportunity I had not only from the multidisciplinary faculty but also from the incredible students." more...
 

"Besides gaining a broad understanding about the field of aging, I learned a great deal about the importance of networking, good communication and writing skills" more...

 
"I chose to study at USC [Davis School] because it was the best.  And it has continued to be the best after 20 years. " more...
 

"Caring for the elderly is something that I have been doing since I was ten-years old" more...

 
"The curriculum...helped me to get a balanced viewpoint though which I could understand aging, age, and the aged" more...
 

"I have found gerontology to be a very rewarding, interesting field of study, and would recommend anyone interested in aging to pursue a degree in gerontology." more...

 
"Regardless of what someone’s interests, are there is a way to apply gerontology in a variety of career choices." more...
 

"When I began the program at UIC, I found myself ahead of the other students in the health and aging program in terms of their knowledge of the elderly." more...

 
"I've gained a lot of hands-on experience in working with the elderly at nursing homes and I love working with this population!" more...
 

"The work is incredibly important, and exceptional, smart and caring people are needed to fight the good fight." more...

 
"[I had] concern for the older population and their vulnerability" more...
 

"[The USC Davis School] gave me the basic understanding of public policy in gerontology.." more...

 
"I fell in love with working with older people and thought I would pursue that line of work ." more...
 

"I thought that integrating the education with my passion for older persons could develop into an interesting career." more...

 
"I had wanted to continue my studies past the undergraduate level, but never could settle on one subject matter until I learned about gerontology." more...
 

"Gerontology is a very fulfilling career choice with many tracks to appeal
to a variety of people." more...

 
"Even though my focus is policy and law, having a background in the other areas of aging helps a great deal ..." more...
 

"I knew that by choosing gerontology, I would not only enter a growing field of research, but I wanted to use my research to help impact a vulnerable group of older Americans. " more...

 
"I would encourage a prospective student to explore their options and consider
focusing on a particular discipline within the aging field..." more...
 

"It was important for me that I worked for the school while I was studying here. I was able to gain guidance and knowledge in a professional setting, as well in the classroom. " more...

 
"The flexibility of completing dual degrees allows a student to
view aging through an additional lens." more...
 
"More than the individual classes, the Davis School built my confidence in
research, writing, and generally taking on demanding tasks." more...
 

"The major experience that prepared me for my job was all of the
wonderful mentoring and networking I got from the USC faculty." more...

 
"Study gerontology because you love it and are genuinely interested in it, not just
because you think it will help you gain a leg up later on." more...
 

"Attending meetings and other professional events is the best way to
informally learn about various postdoctoral opportunities." more...

 
"I really enjoyed my time in graduate school and internships.  It was a time of learning, exploring and networking." more...
 

 

"Not enough jobs will say gerontologist in the requirements for employment and yet your knowledge of aging will allow you to competently advise wherever you’re employed." more...

 
"The curriculum helped prepare me for this position by focusing on the importance of interdisciplinary health care, not only for aging adults but for all individuals." more...
 

"Aging policy isn’t a single subject area and the multidisciplinary nature of the
program has helped me envision the global perspective of every issue." more...

 
"It makes sense to learn more about aging - there are many businesses and
agencies, schools and institutions that need well-trained gerontologists!" more...
 

"Without the influence of the people at the USC LDS of Gerontology
I would not be where I am today." more...

 
"You can combine gerontology with any discipline to provide a perspective that will prove invaluable and make you more marketable." more...
 

"The field is changing so rapidly and with biotech, nanotech, longevity and
pharmaceutical research, who knows what is over the horizon." more...

 
"The solid, multidisciplinary, developmental perspective of aging that I learned while studying at the Davis School has proved invaluable and clearly sets me apart from other coaches." more...
 

"The faculty had the reputation of not only being top-notch, but also treating
students as colleagues, and really mentoring them." more...

 

Every position I have held since graduation has been less than two degrees of separation
from a contact I made while attending USC's USC Davis School."more...

 
"Be sure to pick an internship that suits your needs. My gero internship brought me to Washington, DC and became a permanent position after I graduated." more...
 
"Gerontology was one of the best choices I made during my undergraduate career.  It was wonderful having teachers that are very passionate about the subject matter." more...
 
"The scholarship foundations [at the USC Davis School] allow students from all
parts of the world to realize their dreams and not let the money be a hurdle.” more...
 
"Whether you go into medicine, sociology, business, law, etc., gerontology is there.
It's the field of the future...and you can be a part of shaping it!" more...
 
"Explore what part of gerontology interests you, talk with your professors about your interests and their research, and talk with alumni about what they are doing.” more...
 
"Understanding the medical aspects of aging has been helpful in designing our
benefit plans for employees regarding chronic conditions and preventive care." more...
 
“Try to research with at least one professor at our school. Research experience
makes you more unique and solidifies your classroom education.” more...
 
“The curriculum provided a broad base of knowledge about the field of aging, policy and the healthcare. Also, the academic environment prepared me for my current position." more...
 

“To be in a field that intersects with all humanity is a professional
(and personal) opportunity one would be wise not to pass up." more...

 
“The School's multi-disciplinary approach gave me the tools to better understand the
dynamics and complexity of the aging and long term care arena. ." more...
 
“I think it’s a good match for me in terms of my interest in state long term care policy and the teaching is consistent with courses I taught at USC,” said Dr. Kelly. more...
 

“Receiving a doctorate from the USC Davis School provided me with an incomparable education in gerontology and public policy as well as significant experience ..." more...

 
“Dawn Alley has been one of the stars in our Gerontology Ph.D. program, ... She has
shown both incredible depth and breadth in the work she has done while at USC." more...


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Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
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