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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Area of Study: Accounting, Applied Science, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Minor in Business, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Multimedia, Music and Well-Being, Music, Neuroscience, Nonprofit Studies, Nutrition, Art and Visual Technology, Physics, Political Philosophy, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy and Management, Recreation Management, Rehabilitation Science, Religious Studies, Art History, Social Justice, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sport and American Culture, Arts and Social Change, Sport and Computer Game Design, Sport Communication, Sport Management, Statistics, Sustainability Studies, Sustainable Enterprise, Systems Engineering, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theater, Tourism, Arts Management, Urban and Suburban Studies, Visual Impairment and Blindness, Web Design, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Honors, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies, Athletic Training, Audio Production, Aviation Flight Training and Management, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Chinese, Aging Studies, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Classical Studies, Coaching, Communication, Community Health, Computational and Data Sciences, Computer Engineering, Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Consciousness and Transformation, Conservation Biology, Conservation, Creative Writing, Cyber Security Engineering, Dance, Data Analysis, Earth Science, Economic Systems Design, Economics, Education Studies, Electrical Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Anthropology, Finance, Forensic Psychology, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Applied Behavior Analysis, Global Affairs, Global Systems, Graphic Design, Health Communication, Health Information Technology, Health Promotion, History, Applied Computer Science, Human Development and Family Science, Immigration Studies, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Information Systems and Operations Management, Information Technology, Integrative Studies, International Business, International Security, International/Comparative Studies, Applied Information Technology, Journalism, Leadership Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Hong Kong

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.

Eric Shwartz  HK Int Lufthansa Erich Shwartz – Internships in Hong Kong Summer 2017, Interned for Lufthansa Airlines  

Program Details

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. 

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 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: 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

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.

Visa Information

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 2019): $6,750

Included:
  • 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
Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Hong Kong Visa fee (if required)
  • Meals

Links and Resources

Program Links

The Academic Internship Council (AIC)
Examples of Internship Placements
 

Travel Links

U.S. Passports & International Travel - Hong Kong
U.S. Department of State Hong Kong 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

Experiential Programs Administrator

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



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/03/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/02/2019 07/27/2019

** 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.