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The Washington DC Program

For Employers: Program Overview

Pepperdine is a Christian University, committed to preparing students for lives of service, purpose and leadership. To that end, our program seeks to provide participants with real-world experience in settings where they can develop a commitment to service, a life of purpose and a vision for leadership.

Students gain work experience through a paid or unpaid internship while gaining academic credit from Pepperdine University.  In addition, students are able to enroll in afternoon or evening courses and are expected to work between 32 and 40 hours at their respected internship.

We urge all employers to learn about the Washington, D.C. Program and discover the opportunities available to our students and your organization.

Program participants represent all majors and have many different educational emphases. Therefore, we look for well-rounded internships that will best suit our students and allow them to develop multiple skills.

Our program is always searching for diverse internship opportunities. If your agency has positions available and would like to host an intern during the fall, spring or summer semester, please contact the office at or 310.506.4051.

Our students are available to work full-time each semester.
Spring Semester: January - April
Summer Semester: May - July
Fall Semester: September - December

Academic internships should include the following:

  • Authentic and meaningful work experience with increasing responsibility.
  • Participation in a structured and planned learning environment.
  • Well-defined learning objectives, which are measurable and can be completed within a semester. Learning may be creative in nature, project-oriented, facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, and/or personal development.

Strategies for successful internships:

  • Determine the functional areas within the organization that would best be served by interns.
  • Provide specific and meaningful responsibilities for the intern that increase over time.
  • Conduct an evaluation of student performance at regular intervals and hold an exit interview. File final evaluations with the University.

Benefits

Internships are a relationship between three parties: the University, the Employer, and the Student. Each party benefits from the relationship.

Benefits for Students:

  • Gain experience in the marketplace
  • Engage in career exploration and preparation
  • Apply academic learning in a professional environment
  • Contribute to an organization in a meaningful way

Benefits for Employers:

  • Opportunity to impact the lives of students
  • Flexible method for helping meet short and long term goals
  • Projects a favorable image in the community
  • Provides a vehicle to screen potential employees

Benefits for Pepperdine University:

  • Facilitate learning in a non-traditional atmosphere
  • Allows the University to establish partnerships within the community
  • Integrate academic and professional spheres