Seaver College

International Programs

Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program 2016

Washington DC dc house

Internship programs will have a slightly different application and selection process. 

After you submit your application, within three business days, you must email your current resume to If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by our office within five business days of receiving your resume and application to sign up for an interview time.  If you are not selected, we will also send you an email to let you know that you are not being considered at this time. Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

In addition to the normal International Programs application criteria, your acceptance into an internship program will also take the following things into consideration:

  • Work and internship experience
  • Intercultural experience
  • Fit and availability of the internship placements 

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 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 12 - July 15, 2016

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


$4,536 Room & Board, 4 unit minimum ($1,510 per unit).

Course Offerings

Students must be enrolled in the WAIN 495 course, as this is an internship course. Students may also enroll in NASC 109, HIST 204 or POSC 421. 

  • WAIN 495 - Washington DC Internship (4): Required
    • Supervised internship experiences in offices and agencies in the Washington, D.C., area. Interns work full-time in governmental offices, offices of associations seeking to influence government, public policy think tanks, news-gathering agencies, or other offices related to students’ interests and majors. Internships are for 14 weeks (spring semester) or 10 weeks (summer session). Students will be required to take part in an orientation program, keep daily and weekly journals, and write a major paper in which they reflect on their experiences (Offered only in Washington, D.C.).
  • NASC 109 - Intro to Astronomy (4) Fulfills Laboratory GE
    • This is an introductory course in astronomy that explores the origins of the universe, galaxies, and solar systems. Emphasis is placed on the observational aspects of astronomy using telescopes at local observation sites and the tools of the astronomer in the laboratory. Students will learn to use logical and critical methods of analysis (Tier I laboratory fee will be assessed. Does not count for major credit).
  • HIST 204 - History of the American Peoples (4) Fulfills American Experience GE
    • This course provides a historical overview of the American peoples from pre-colonial times to the present, exploring the variety of the American experience in the context of political, social, and intellectual developments. Satisfies in part the general education requirement in the American experience.
  • POSC 421 - Public Policy (4) 
    • A study of the processes by which major domestic American public policies are made and of several substantive policy areas such as welfare, the environment, and pornography. Emphasis is on the role of beliefs and values in the making of public policies and on a comparative analysis of policy making in different policy areas.

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. 


For breakfast, lunch, and dinner students will be have funds Digitally Disbursed to an account of their choosing 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.

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Last Updated 8-31-15