Internship Placements in Curitiba (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 Brazil internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Government, Economics, Art, Criminology, Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Communications, and Psychology, and more. Curitiba is an important cultural, political, and economic center in Latin America. It is also one of Brazil’s more modern, cosmopolitan, "green" cities, awarded in 2010 the Global Sustainable City Award–given to cities and municipalities that excel in sustainable urban development. It is a vibrant city with an international culture, attracting students from all around the world.
Mason Study Abroad partners with Brazilian Experience
(BE) to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program. Students work five days per week, living with a Brazilian family in a home stay arrangement. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields
, while earning Mason resident credit, and enjoying the cultural attractions of Curitiba, Brazil.
English-speaking internship placements are limited; students take a two-week intensive Portuguese language course for the first two weeks of the program. Upon completion of the course, students work five days a week for 7 weeks; a semi-intensive Portuguese language course is available during week 3. Students will complete work assignments in English; however, students with at least intermediate Portuguese language skills will benefit by being able to integrate and immerse themselves in the Portuguese-speaking environment. Students must know English or Spanish in order to succeed in the program. During the nine-week internship program, Brazilian Experience offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, weekly 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 possible placements on the Brazilian Experience 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.
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 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)
- Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (3 credits) + English (ENGH) 459: Internship (3 credits).
Graduate: 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.
Student housing is in a home stay arrangement with a Brazilian family. The home stay provides two meals per day. Students complete a home stay form (where a student may list dietary preferences, allergies, pet preferences, interests, and other criteria) through Brazilian Experience upon acceptance into the program. This helps our partner find a home stay arrangement that best suits the student.
A visa is required for US citizens, but visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens. Learn more about Brazil visa requirements here
. The category of the student/internship visa is VITEM IV and for that you will need (note, the following visa documents are provided to students after acceptance into the program):
- The placement confirmation (of your internship in Brazil, that will be provided by Brazilian Experience),
- The Internship Commitment Term signed by the host organization, Brazilian Experinence, student and university.
Program Cost (Summer 2018): $5,205
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Short-term Portuguese Language Course
- Housing - homestay with a Brazilian family
- 2 meals per day
- Internship placement
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Fluent English/Portuguese on-site support
- Optional weekly group social activities
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
- Additional/optional Portuguese language classes
- Visa application fee
Links and Resources
Examples of Internship Placements
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Brazil
U.S. Department of State Brazil 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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