Internship Placements in Hong Kong (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 Hong Kong internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Government, Economics, Art, Criminology, Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Communications, and Psychology, and more. Hong Kong is home to thousands of multinational companies, and being located in a strategic access point for all of Asia, it is no wonder Hong Kong has a vibrant youth scene, is well-known for its history, politics, trade and finance, culture, and tradition. With English as its language of law and business, it is no wonder attracts internship students from all around the world.
Erich Shwartz – Internships in Hong Kong Summer 2017, Interned for Lufthansa Airlines
Mason Study Abroad partners with The Academic Internship Council (AIC)
to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program. 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 Mason resident credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic Hong Kong.
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, AIC 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 an overview of internship fields on the AIC 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.
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 the program officer to complete the necessary paperwork to approve department-specific 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 credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information.
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.
Furnished student housing convenient to public transportation and including kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet. In addition, on-site local AIC staff provide program management and 24-hour support for emergencies.
An internship visa is required of all students. Learn more about the visa process here
. AIC will assist students with visa information.
Program Cost (Summer 2017): $7350
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Housing - shared student apartment
- Internship placement
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Fluent English/Chinese on-site support
- Optional weekly group social activities
- Pre-departure Orientation
- International travel insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
- Hong Kong Visa fee (if required)
Links and Resources
The Academic Internship Council (AIC)
Examples of Internship Placements
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Hong Kong
U.S. Department of State Hong Kong Country Fact Sheet
Mason University Career Services Resources
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services
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