Seaver College

International Programs

Washington D.C. Internship Program

Washington DC

The Internship Program

Students who participate in the DC Internship Program have the opportunity to intern full time for an organization of their choice. All majors are encouraged to participate. Washington, DC is an important center for international studies, communications, political science, journalism, business and the arts and many other endeavors. All majors will be able to find internship of value and interest.

This experience provides students with an opportunity to pursue personal interests associated with their field of study, or pursue an area of interest outside their discipline. Students will receive 4-8 units of elective credit for their DC internship. This is in addition to any other course work that they wish to complete while in Washington.

 Please see the attached Internship Sheet, which provides examples of internships recently held by students in the Washington D.C. Program.

Program Dates

May 14 - July 17, 2015

Course Offerings

Students must take a minimum of 4 units from the following courses:

  • WAIN 595 - Washington DC Internship (4)
  • NASC 109 - Intro to Astronomy (4) *Laboratory GE
  • HIST 204 - History of the American Peoples *American Experience GE
  • POSC 521 - Public Policy (4)

The City

Though best known as the United States capital, Washington, D.C. is, a global gathering place that hosts over 175 foreign embassies, as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, and nonprofit organizations. Students of every major are drawn to this picturesque location at the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and know it as a city of austere monuments, grandiose historic structures, and of course the delicate cherry blossoms that blanket the city each spring. Students in the Washington World program reside at the heart of the nation's capital only three blocks from the White House, and gain highly personalized access to prominent public officials, scholars, activists, journalists, and diplomats. At the forefront of global symposia, seminars, conferences, and cultural exchanges, students have exposure to what is happening daily in every corner of the world.

2011 Pennsylvania Avenue

Students reside in Pepperdine University's newest facility located at 2011 Pennsylvania Avenue in modern and spacious four-person suites. Steps from two metro stops, across the street from George Washington University and just a few short blocks from Georgetown University, the Washington, D.C. campus is in the center of the best shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and parks that the city has to offer.


The tuition cost is $1,455 per unit. The program fee for Summer 2015 is $4,248. This fee includes room and board. 


For breakfast, lunch, and dinner students will be provided stored value cards to purchase meals on their own. There is no kitchen available in the DC House. Students are encouraged to explore the many restaurants and local hangouts of other interns and college students in and around Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. Once a week the students will have a community dinner at a local restaurant in the District, some of which will be themed according to our international study tour location each semester.


Each week students will have the opportunity to engage and learn from representatives in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The purpose of the briefings is to promote student growth mentally, socially, academically, and spiritually. For each semester, many of the briefings will be focused upon the region we will visit for the international study tour. In addition, many Pepperdine alumni have been briefing speakers as well. Previous briefings have been held at the U.S. Capitol, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, World Vision, the U.S. State Department, and even the White House.

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Last Updated 10-28-14