Sample Syllabus for Internships

The following guidelines indicate suggested and required materials to include in an internship syllabus.

Required Elements

Course Catalog Description

Course Format

Indicate the way in which the professor and student will interact whether via face-to face traditional class meetings, email discussions, individually scheduled meetings, skype sessions, on-line course material etc.

Learning Outcomes

On your syllabus please include the following three learning outcomes and also have a conversation with your students to develop specific learning outcomes for their internship site and educational goals.

Students who successfully complete an internship will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge to real-world challenges in an internship environment.

2. Develop and enact a compelling professional vision that values diversity in the workplace.

3. Engage in responsible conduct while working as an intern and allow decisions to be informed by a value-centered life.


Please include an explanation of how grades will be determined for the 1-unit graded portion of the internship.

An internship is an opportunity provided by an employer for the purpose of providing a substantial learning experience about a particular field while gaining real-world work experience. An academic internship or one that is worthy of receiving academic credit anchors the work experience to learning objectives related to a student’s major, discipline, or field of interest.

The letter grade assigned is for the academic assignments completed in conjunction with the internship.

The C/NC portion of the grade reflects the successful completion of the internship experience.

Academic Integrity Policy:

Academic honesty expected of all students. Violations will be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee for further action.

Relationship to the Christian Mission:

This course is committed to the Christian mission of Pepperdine University and Seaver College, and the development for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. It explores how Christian values can inform internships and how students can become value-centered and ethical leaders who treat everyone with dignity and respect, using Christ as the ultimate example.

Office of Student Accessibility

Any student with a disability or condition (physical, learning, or psychological) which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Accessibility (TCC 263, x6500), to discuss and document accommodations as early in the semester as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please visit the Office of Student Accessibility for additional information.

Suggested Elements

Possible Assignments:

  • Internship Journal: guided or open journaling of internship experiences. Students should connect their experiences to their major, discipline, or field. Other topics could include vocation, ethics, and values.
  • Organizational Chart
  • Leadership Style Analysis
  • Diversity Analysis: student analyzes the way in which diversity if valued by the organization and the ways in which it enriches the work place and product.
  • Networking Project: student collects a set number of business cards and provides a summary of how each type of contact could be important in their career.
  • Problem Analysis: student selects a problem faced by the organization and uses critical thinking skills and discipline-specific knowledge to analyze the problem and propose solutions.
  • Final Reflection Paper: overarching reflection on the experience as it relates to their major, discipline, or field.