Internship Placements in Toronto (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.
As Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is a city with an impressive list of credentials -- the largest city in Canada, the fastest growing financial center in the G7, and one of the most dynamic, yet livable, cities in North America. With more than half its residents born outside of Canada, Toronto offers world-class arts, entertainment and cuisine drawing from cultures near and far. From film festivals to museums to professional sports franchises, the city offers something for everyone.
Toronto is an excellent internship study abroad choice for students who wish to remain on the North American continent, but wish to acquire a truly international global work experience.
Toronto’s wide-ranging industry sectors and multi-cultural setting create an ideal backdrop for a valuable internship program. Students interning in Toronto are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations representing a spectrum of industry sectors.
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 Toronto.
Internship placements are English-speaking. 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.
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
A SWAP/IEC visa is required of all students. Canada issues SWAP/IEC visas to certain countries. Follow this link
to learn if you are eligible to participate in this internship program, with a SWAP/IEC visa.
AIC will assist students with Internship Visa Services – such as, guidance on the visa process and program fees for SWAP/IEC Visa. Note: Student citizenship guidance is available in separate document and applicants should be reviewed.
Program Cost (Summer 2018): $7,150
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Housing - furnished shared student apartment, with internet
- Internship placement and professional development support (AIC skills-based workshops and professional networking activities)
- AIC Recruitment assistance, program management, and emergency support services
- AIC Cross-cultural activities, weekly discussion groups and activities
- SWAP/IEC visa processing via AIC
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
Links and Resources
The Academic Internship Council (AIC)
Examples of Internship Placements
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Canada
U.S. Department of State Canada 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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