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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing: Flat/Apartment
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:
Internships  in Barcelona

Internship Placements in Barcelona, Spain

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is famous for its colorful architecture, amazing food, and welcoming people. With its unique characteristics, it is no surprise that Barcelona is consistently ranked as as one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations. Millions flock to the sandy coasts each year to indulge in the Spanish culture of living life to the fullest.

Furthermore, the aesthetic design of Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world with a blend of mosaics and original creations by famous local visionary architect Antoni Gaudi. Couple that with some of Europe’s most famous beaches, delicious local cuisine, the largest football (soccer) stadium in all of Europe, and a flare for celebrations, and you’ll have your hands full trying to see and do everything you set out to see and do during your internship in this vibrant and exciting city. Imagine living in paradise for 8 weeks while improving your Spanish skills and gaining professional experience in your career field. 

 


Program Details

Global Experiences

The Global Education Office has partnered with Global Experiences to provide Mason students an internship experience in Barcelona, Spain. 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 Barcelona internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in government and policy, global affairs, business and economics, communications, marketing, accounting, and tourism. 

Internships and Placement

The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Once accepted by the Global Education Office internship program, students will work closely with a Global Experiences placement officer to identify areas of interest to secure an internship for their summer abroad. Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to their Global Education Office Program Officer. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here

Internship Credit

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)
Integrative Studies (INTS) 490: Internship (3 credits) + Spanish (SPAN) 490: Internship in Spanish (3 credits) 

Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information. 

Housing

Barcelona is a medium sized European city with most residents living in apartments. To ensure students are able to experience living in the "real Barcelona", student housing is located in what is considered to be main, central areas of Barcelona, in close proximity to public transport lines. The apartments have kitchens and necessary amenities to move right in and live like a local. 

All participants will complete a roommate questionnaire for the Barcelona on-site support team to asses the right accommodations match. If there are any special needs for housing, please discuss with your GEO program officer at the time of application completion to ensure requests can be accommodated.  

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $6,555

Contact

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 06/03/2018 07/28/2018

** 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.