Shanghai Internship Program

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

After you submit your application, within five business days, you must email International Programs Associate Dean Ronald Cox ( to schedule an interview. At this time, you will also send him your most updated resume. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by our office within five business days of receiving your email 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

Internship Placement

Students will work with the Malibu Office and the Shanghai Staff to find an internship that fits with their area of study and interests.

Program Dates

May 7th, 2018 - July 7th, 2018

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


Room & Board: $4,878.00

Program Specific Costs: Residence Permit & Health Check - $145.00 USD*

*Charged to your student account

Course Requirements

5 units required. Students must taken IPIN 495 and IPIN 495L and CHIN 121 if they have not taken a Chinese language course. If they have taken a Chinese language course, students must take HUM 295.

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 Offerings:

IPIN 495 - International Programs' Internship (1 unit)

  • 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 units)

  • 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.

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • 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).

CHIN 121 - Chinese Language and Culture (1 unit)

  • 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).

The Visiting Faculty

Dr. Thomas Reilly

Professor of Chinese History, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College





Updated: 09.26.17