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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment, Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Beijing

Internship Placements in Beijing (Summer)

Mason internship study abroad programs are destination-specific programs. Unlike traditional study abroad programs focusing on one particular subject, internship programs include students from different majors, working and studying in the same location.  The student’s internship placement within a company relative to their area of study defines their global work experience, and determines the internship course credit the student will receive. For example, a China internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Government, Economics, Art, Criminology, Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Communications, and Psychology, and more. Beijing is home to heritage sites such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven and one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Beijing has a vibrant youth scene with the ultra-modern Sanlitun shopping village and the 798 Art District, well-known for its history, politics, trade and finance, rich in culture, and tradition. With its international atmosphere, it is no surprise it attracts students from all around the world.


Program Details

Mason Study Abroad partners with CRCC Asia to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program in Beijing, China. Students work five days per week, living with in a student apartment. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields, while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic city of Beijing.

English-speaking internship placements are available; however, students with Chinese language skills will benefit by being able to integrate and immerse themselves in the Chinese-speaking environment, and improve their Chinese language skills. During the two-month internship program, CRCC Asia offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more. 

Internship Placement Process

The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Please find a list of internship sectors on CRCC Asia web site. Learn more about the Internship Placement Process.

Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study and about the complete support services offered during the program by the Program Officer before enrolling in a Mason Study Abroad internship program. Please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

Credits Offered

Undergraduate:  The default Mason internship study abroad credit for undergraduate summer and semester programs is 6 Mason resident credits of Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship. Coursework is obtained by an online Blackboard course, taught by a Mason faculty member, during the program. If students wish to obtain internship credit other than INTS 390, students must meet with the internship coordinator or department chair in the department from which they wish to obtain the credit. Students must then communicate with their Mason Study Abroad Program Officer to complete the necessary paperwork to approve department-specific credit. Some undergraduate programs have independent research and special topics credit that may apply to this program. Students must comply with departmental requirements in order to receive internship credit. 

Previously, students have been able to obtain alternate credits in the following:
  • Economics (ECON) 498: Internship (6 credits)
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (6 credits)
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience (6 credits)
  • Government (GOVT) 480: Internship (3 credits) + Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad (3 credits)
  • Psychology (PSYC) 327: Psychology in the Community (3 credits) + Psychology (PSYC) 461:Special Topics (3 credits)
  • Communication (COMM) 399: Special Topics in Communication (3 credits) + Communication (COMM) 307: Field Study in Communication (3 credits)
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 490: Internship (3 credits) + Chinese (CHIN) 305: Chinese for the Business World (3 credits)
 Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information. 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement and who have 45 undergraduate credits completed by the start date of the program. Students from all universities are eligible to participate. Graduate students should contact the Program Officer to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.

Housing

Interns stay in serviced apartments located in the heart of the Downtown area or Central Business District. The apartments are within walking distance to the nearest subway station and a short taxi journey to the program coordination offices. Participants share the apartments with one or two other interns of the same gender. Each person has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom, living room and kitchen. All apartments have air conditioning, Internet access, and a television. The apartment service includes provision and changes of bed linen and towels and weekly cleaning. There is a front desk reception and concierge service if required.

Visa Information

An internship visa is required of all students. Learn more about the visa process, here.

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $6,750

Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing - shared student apartment
  • Internship placement
  • Visa Fees
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Fluent English/Chinese on-site support
  • Optional weekly group social activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals

Links and Resources

Program Links

CRCC Asia 
Examples of Internship Placements 

Travel Links

U.S. Passports & International Travel - China
U.S. Department of State China Country Fact Sheet

Mason Links

Mason University Career Services Resources 
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services

Contact Information

Program Officer

Whitney Morgan
wmorgan2@gmu.edu
703-993-4798
Schedule an appointment



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/04/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/21/2018 08/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.