Washington DC 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 (ronald.cox@pepperdine.edu) 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

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.

Program Dates

May 10th, 2018 - July 13th, 2018

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


Room & Board: $4,878.00

Course Requirements

6 units required. Students must take WAIN for at least 4 units. They may take WAIN for up to 6 units.

Course Offerings:

WAIN 495 - Washington DC Internship (4-6 units)

  • Supervised internship experiences in offices and agencies in the Washington, DC, 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, DC).

POSC 421 - Public Policy (4 units)

  • 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.

FA 240 - Introduction to Art and Architecture (3 units)

Fulfills Fine Arts GE

  • Introduces students to the various media and values of the visual and plastic arts within the context of a given international setting. Through this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the art that they are exposed to while studying and living in an international location. Students will learn and employ a critical vocabulary for analyzing and responding aesthetically to the paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture that they encounter in visits to museums, art galleries, and walking tours. Offered only in international programs. Does not qualify as a course for the major in art history.





Updated: 08.23.17