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How to Register for an Academic Internship

Seaver College defines an academic internship as a structured, supervised, professional work experience within an organization. The internship is guided by learning goals and reflective assignments. It is supervised academically by a faculty member and professionally by an internship supervisor. All academic internships must be approved in advance, and students must be concurrently enrolled in academic internship units (0 or more units). Students who have completed 25% or more of their total internship work hours and have failed to register may no longer enroll in units related to that particular internship. Individual majors or internship courses may have additional requirements.

Students studying in F-1 visa status must additionally be authorized for curricular practical training by the Office of International Student Services (OISS) in order to participate in an internship.

Seaver College does not grant academic credit for:
• Remote or online internships
• Internships occurring at a home-based business
• Internships where the student's supervisor or the head of the organization is a family member.

 

Here's how to get started

Step 1: Secure an Internship

Seaver College Career Services offers resources to assist with résumé preparation and your internship search.  Be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource. Students majoring in communication should take advantage of the internship resources in the Communication Division.  Contact Debbie Wideroe for more information.

International Students: If you are an international student with an F-1 visa, the Department of Homeland Security regulations stipulate that you must have been lawfully enrolled full-time for one full academic year under the same SEVIS number before engaging in an internship (Curricular Practical Training - CPT.) Please visit the Office of International Student Services (OISS) website for important information and instructions. You may not begin any work until you have completed the Seaver Dean's internship registration process and then finally been authorized to work by your Designated School Official (DSO).

Step 2: Find an internship professor

In order to receive academic credit for an internship, you must have an internship professor. The professor will provide a syllabus, academic assignments, and oversee the academic portion of your experience. There is a drop down menu of professors in the internship form. Once you have a professor, the two of you will collaborate to develop learning outcomes which you will include on the e-sign form.
How to find a professor:

  • Ask professors you know.
  • Ask the office manager for names of professors who regularly supervise internships.
  • Note: if you are seeking credit that will be applied to your major, you must select a professor in that major.

Step 3: Complete the forms

  • Click here to begin the e-sign form: https://appdev.pepperdine.edu/SeaverInternshipAgreement/
  • Complete the form. At the bottom click "Please Send My Request to the Office Manager."
  • The office manager will review your form and may contact you with questions.
  • You will receive an email from Pepperdine eS asking you to sign the form. Follow the instructions and sign the form.
  • It will then automatically route to the various parties for signatures.
  • You will receive an email from Leslie Seah or Esther O'Connor stating you have been registered. Please review your WaveNet account to make sure your registration is correct.
  • If after 5 business days you have not received a registration email, please contact Dr. Dana Dudley at dana.dudley@pepperdine.edu.
  • To be eligible for the appropriate units of academic credit, a student must complete the minimum number of hours listed per academic credit(s) below:

1 unit = At least 45 hours internship/field work

2 units = At least 90 hours internship/field work

3 units = At least 135 hours internship/field work

4 units = At least 180 hours internship/field work

Important Deadlines: Students must begin their online form by the schedule below in order to meet the Add/Drop Deadline.

Fall 2019: September 6, 2019
Spring 2020: January 24, 2020
Summer 2020:
     Session 1 May 13, 2020
     Session 2 June 10, 2020
     Session 3 July 8, 2020

Late Registration: You must petition the credits committee to request registration after the deadline.  Submit your completed internship registration form along with your petition. Click here for the petition form.

Step 4: Confirm your registration on WaveNet

 

You will receive an email from Leslie Seah or Esther O'Connor stating that you have been registered. Please go to WaveNet to confirm your registration.

Division Contacts

Business

Divisional Dean: Dean Baim

Office Manager: Rhonda Huddleston

Communication

Divisional Dean: Sarah Stone-Watt

Office Manager: Esther O'Connor

Fine Arts

Divisional Dean: Bradley Griffin

Office Manager: Danah Sanders

Humanities and Teacher Education

Divisional Dean: Stella Erbes

Office Manager: Genny Moore

International Studies and Languages

Divisional Dean: Paul Begin

Office Manager: Shannon Latson

Natural Science

Divisional Dean: Jay Brewster

Office Manager: Stephanie Adler

Religion and Philosophy

Divisional Dean: Daniel Rodriguez

Office Manager: Tiffany Ferguson

Social Science

Divisional Dean: Robert Williams

Office Manager: Bob Escudero

Funding Opportunities

Randall and Lindley Internship Scholarship

To help offset costs such as travel, parking, tuition, and etc. incurred by students participating in internships during the fall and spring terms, the Randall and Lindley families have generously donated money to assist students.

  • Eligibility: Enroll in at least one graded unit before week 7 of the term. Additional units may be taken credit/no credit. Students interning in D.C. are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Distribution: As long as funds are available, each eligible student will receive a $500 scholarship toward their student account.* 
  • Students are only eligible for one of these scholarships.

* It is possible that some students may not be eligible even when enrolled in one graded unit of scholarship. This level of eligibility is determined by financial aid policies.

Summer Internship Scholarships

To help offset the tuition costs incurred by students participating in internships in the summer, Seaver College offers a scholarship of up to 2 units. Note: Max 2 unit scholarship for the summer.

  • Eligibility: Enroll in at least one graded unit. Additional units may be taken credit/no credit.
    • It is possible that some students may not be eligible even when enrolled in one graded unit of scholarship. This level of eligibility is determined by financial aid policies.
    • This scholarship is not available for students participating in an internship through International Programs.
  • Process: Simply mark the "Summer Scholarship" box on the internship/field work agreement.
  • The deadline for receiving the summer scholarship is the same as the summer session 3 registration deadline. All paperwork must be submitted and the student must be registered by this deadline in order to be eligible for the summer scholarship. No late registrations will be considered


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