Frequently Asked Questions about Internships
What is an 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.
Academic Internships should include the following:
- Registration for Fall or Spring semester, end of second week of the term. Registration for summer 2nd day of each summer block.
- Authentic, structured and meaningful work experience with increasing responsibility.
- Participation in a planned learning environment, within a formal place of business, with direct supervision and on-going training. Students must report to a business site; internships that allow students to remotely/virtually or in a home-based business do not meet approved internship standards.
- Well-defined learning objectives, which are measurable and can be completed over the course of the internship. Learning may be creative in nature, project-oriented, facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, and/or personal development.
How will I benefit from interning?
How will I benefit?
- 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
- Build relationships and expand your professional network
- Prove your worth to a company or organization you want to work for
How do I find an internship?
To Find an Internship…
- Get your resume reviewed and approved by the Career Center to gain access to internship postings. For help e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meet with an Industry Specialist to learn about employer expectations and the nuances of applying for an internship within your field of interest
- Once access is granted review the list of current posted positions on Handshake. Select 'Internships & Jobs' and then choose 'Search for Internships.' You can filter by key words, location, or other job features.
- Conduct an online search of companies you're interested in
- For internships in other parts of the USA search UCAN, Click here.
Pepperdine offers summer internship programs in five of its locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lausanne, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; and Washington D.C. The internship programs consist of a combination of education courses and a local internship. If accepted to an internship program, students will meet with an internship coordinator who will help select an internship based on the student's area of interest.
For listings in Buenos Aires, London, Shanghai, Lausanne and Washington DC, contact International Programs.
Paid, Unpaid, or Credit?
A variety of options exist for student interns:
- Paid Internship - minimum wage laws apply (recommended)
- Unpaid Internship - for-profit companies must meet the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Academic Credit - you can receive credit for a paid or unpaid internship but you must register to do so
How do I enroll for academic credit?
- Make sure the internship meets the requirements of an academic internship (above)
- Each unit of credit requires 45 internship hours
- Follow detailed Instructions for Internship Enrollment & Approval Process
- Or contact your faculty advisor to request enrollment information.
- To view Course Offerings, click here.
- An interdisciplinary Experiential Learning class, GSGS 595, is also available for all majors. Please contact the Career Center, for more information.
What do I need to know about Summer Internships?
- Start your search early - summer internships are competitive and many recruit as early as November or December
- All standard tuition fees and schedules apply for registered internship units. Consult the catalog for the specific amount.
- A summer scholarship is available to cover the cost of up to two units of credit when you enroll for at least one unit of graded internship credit
- Please Note: The units you are enrolled in will be charged to your student account. A few business days later the 2-unit scholarship will be applied. If the scholarship is not on your account a 5-7 business days after the summer session in which you are enrolled has begun, please contact Financial Aid.
What are prospective employers looking for?
- Students with transferable skills like communication, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, analytical thinking, and creative thinking
- Students who participate in clubs or activities related to their major or those who hold leadership positions in student organizations
- Students who participate in volunteer activities, student employment, internships, or undergraduate research
- Any kind of relevant work experience or special skill sets
Thinking about getting an internship?
- Start a semester in advance
- Meet with an Industry Specialist in your field of interest
- Explore options through your personal and professional network
- Intern with companies you might want to work for
- Update and tailor your resume and cover letter
- Seek faculty input or guidance
Pro Tip: Look for an internship that offers you a substantial experience. Determine how this experience will benefit your education and career goals. Ask how closely you will work with top professionals in the field. Ask what types of orientation, ongoing training, and periodic reviews will be scheduled. Finally, design an educational objective that links your classroom learning to your work on the job.
How do I contact my faculty advisor or division?
Can I be exempt from convocation?
Graduate, non-degree seeking, and part-time students (as of add/drop) are automatically exempt from enrollment in the Chapel/Convocation Series. The review committee may also grant exemptions for the following reasons, but students MUST fill out an Exemption Request Form for each semester:
- Mandatory internship or student teaching for your major, supported by a letter signed by a department chairperson
- "Lifetime Learners," defined as students who are over the age of 30;
- Non-traditional students with children;
- "5th Year Seniors" (students who have completed 8 semesters of Convocation);
- Students commuting more than 30 miles to campus, with proof of residency;
- Adverse medical conditions with documentation signed by a licensed physical
If students miss 6 weeks of school due to documented medical reasons, they can petition to be dropped from Seaver 200. If students withdraw from all classes they will be dropped from Seaver 200 up until the date of the last Convocation Students wishing to request an exemption from attending the Chapel/Convocation Series must submit the request through an Exemption Request Form.
Are scholarships available?
Yes! Are you taking an internship for graded academic credit in the fall or spring? If so, you may be eligible for a $500 scholarship! Learn more about Internship Scholarships.
I'm still confused!
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