Shanghai Internship Program

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The Shanghai Internship Program

Students who participate in the Shanghai Internship Program have the opportunity to gain valuable international professional experience by interning at one of the many dynamic businesses and organizations in Shanghai. Examples of the types of internships available include a focus on marketing, public relations, advertising, and more. All majors are encouraged to apply. Students will work with the Malibu Office and the Shanghai Staff to find an internship that fits with their area of study and interests.

Students will receive 4 units of elective credit for their internship. This is in addition to any other course work that they wish to complete while in Shanghai.

Application Process

As part of your International Programs Application in Wavenet, you will be directed to the Internship Application Form. You will complete this form, and you will be given a code to enter into your International Programs Application before you click "submit."

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the IP Office with a request to schedule an in-person interview (or a virtual interview if you are abroad). You will be asked to send an updated resume and cover letter no later than 24 hours before the interview. 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
  • Personal and professional fit of the internships available

Program Dates

May 11th, 2020 - July 11th, 2020

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


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $5,130

Program Specific Costs:

  • Residence Permit & Health Check - 1,000 RMB (Charged to student account)
  • Visa - $145.00 USD

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines 

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020
    • Note: You must attend the Shanghai Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21, and Spring 2021 Preparation & Visa Workshop on January 22, 2020, 8:15am - 9:30am, Location TBD

Visa Requirements

Please note that students who hold passports from the following are not eligible to attend a Pepperdine Shanghai program due to visa restrictions: China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan

Students who hold passports from the following countries have historically had issues securing a student visa and should contact our office before applying: Belize, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tuvalu, Vatican City (The Holy See).

Course Requirements

5 unit minimum requirement. Students must take IPIN 495 and IPIN 495L. Students must take CHIN 121 if they have no previous Chinese language experience, even if they have met their GE language requirement with another language. Students that have already completed CHIN 151 or higher must enroll in HUM 295.

Course Offerings

CHIN 121 Chinese Language and Culture (1)

  • This course is designed to maximize the student's international experience by providing an opportunity to engage in basic conversational Mandarin and intentionally study and observe aspects of Chinese culture. While not an intensive language class, student should expect to come away with a basic grasp of conversational Chinese and observations of Chinese traditions, culture, society that will enhance the experience of studying abroad in Shanghai. This course does not prepare a student take Chinese 152. Taught only in the Shanghai program during the summer term.

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

IPIN 495 International Programs' Internship (1)

  • A supervised academic internship in a student's area of interest overseas in an international program. Internships may be with a non-profit, government agency, political, religious, educational, business or humanitarian organization. The student is required to maintain a regular schedule of on-duty hours each week and attend the internship seminar. Offered only in International Programs.

IPIN 495L International Programs' Internship II (3)

  • Designed to accompany IPIN 495 in cases where a student seeks additional internship units. Offered only in International Programs. To be taken concurrently with IPIN 495. Cr/NC grading only.

Students also have the option of taking one of the classes offered as a part of the Asia Tour program. If you plan to take one of these classes in addition to your internship, please indicate this on your Internship application and let the IP staff member know during the interview.





Last Updated: 11.13.19