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Buenos Aires also holds numerous professional opportunities. To connect students with these, the Global Education Office partners with Road2Argentina to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program. Students work five days per week, gaining valuable global work experience and professional skills various industry fields, Opportunities in the business sector include accounting, advertising and public relations and finance. Additionally, internships are offered in fashion design, allowing students to fully experience the high-fashion culture of the city. Students can choose to live with an Argentinian homestay family or other more independent housing options. The different options provide a fantastic opportunity for cultural and linguistic immersion.
Named after the fair winds of Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires is a charming city full of rich history. As one of the largest cities in the Americas, Buenos Aires has a population of nearly 16 million. While there, you can see famous gravesites at Recoleta Cemetery, see the famous botanical gardens at El Rosedal, and learn about the history of the country at Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos
English-speaking internship placements are widely available in many fields; however, students with at least intermediate Spanish language skills will benefit by being able to integrate and immerse themselves in the Spanish-speaking environment, and improve their Spanish language skills. During the two-month internship program, Road2Argentina offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, weekly group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more.
You will take a class online during your internship, in order to receive credits. The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the Summer. For this program, you would receive 6 credits for a minimum of 270 hours worked. Your grade for the class is based on the work you complete for the Mason internship class online, which will include a final report from your internship supervisor.
Default Credit: You are automatically approved to receive one of the two course credit options below for your internship.
Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits). The INTS 390 course fulfills the Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits)
Students wanting different credits can petition their department, however, these approvals are not guaranteed, and there may be additional eligibility requirements. For example, students have preliminary approval COMM 450 if they meet all requirements from the department. You can look up potential alternative credits and their requirements in the Mason Course Catalog. There will be a questionnaire in the application process where students indicate the credit they would like to receive and we will provide you with the form required for approval. This process is handled entirely by the student, not by GEO.
Previously, students have petitioned their academic departments to receive the following credits:
Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (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 GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.
Note for School of Business Applicants:
The School of Business has specific credit policy for internships for their majors which excludes internships that are not offered in the School of Business from a student’s degree. Students with a major in the School of Business have the following options:
Enroll in a School of Business internship course (this requires you meet their qualifications). You will be responsible for the tuition for that course and the GEO Internship program fee.
Earn INTS 390 or CONF 370 credit but the credits will not apply to your Business degree. You will fulfill your Global Understanding Mason Core requirement. You will be responsible only for the GEO Internship program fee.
Earn internship course credits towards your minor. The GEO internship credits will apply to electives in the minor. Consult with your minor department to discuss if they will count prior to participation.
Either way, you are encouraged to talk to your academic advisor about this now to make the most informed decision for you.
Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location?
Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
This internship involves students working full-time at an international organization or company while receiving professional support by our Global Partners. The first step is for students to complete their Mason application before being accepted and nominated to our Global Partner. Students will then be interviewed by our Global Partner and accepted by them. At this point, they are guaranteed an internship in one of the 2-3 career fields chosen. Internship placements are English-speaking for all students who are not fluent in the local language, although there may be opportunities to practice language skills informally with coworkers and in daily life.
Students will work closely with our Global Partner’s placement officers to identify areas of interest and to secure an internship. Students will interview with potential employers identified by the Global Partner and receive a job offer. When working abroad, they will receive support from our Global Partners to make the most of their experience interning. This includes student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more.
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.
Summer 2022 Choices with Housing Options
Independent Housing: $3279
Room in Shared Apartment: $4,450
Homestay with 2 Meals: $4878
Tuition for 6 credits
Independent Housing: Student finds their own housing with the support of the partner and pays the landlord for the lodging directly (recommended by partner: Airbnb). Students are are responsible for their own meals.
Room in Shared Apartment: Student housing is in a shared apartment with a host. Students receive a key to the apartment and are responsible for their own meals.
Homestay with 2 Meals: Students rent a room with a family and are provided breakfast and dinner from them each day.
1 week of intensive Spanish language course
Airport pickup upon arrival
Fluent English/Spanish on-site support
Weekly group activities (Graffiti Tour, Tango lesson etc.)
A cell phone for emergencies and a transportation card
Road Water Bottle 700cc
Road Set “Mate”
SIM Card with 3G
SUBE Card for public transportation
Box of Ideas with 30 days of things to do in Buenos Aires
International Emergency Insurance
Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
Some meals may be included depending on housing selection
Visa fee (if applicable).
An entry visa is not required for US citizens, but visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
Application Deposit: A $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill + Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 Application Deposit you will have already paid.
• You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill + Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your Student Account.
• George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester, your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial Aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad, you must:
• Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
•Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
• Schedule an appointmentwith your financial aid officer.
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to theFinancial Aid website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students.
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students: Payments
Directions for Budget Sheet
Scroll to the top of this page and look for the Budget Sheets: Summer link under Locations and Program Terms. Click on this to see the estimated costs.
GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply: Scholarships
Deadline: February 10, 2022
Rolling Admissions! Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis when complete. Receive an application update within two weeks after completing. See below for current application cycle deadlines and program dates.
This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement. Students from all universities are eligible to participate. Graduate students should contact the GoIntern@gmu.edu to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Personal Statement: Your personal statement is a letter given to a potential internship host along with your resume. A personal statement is your chance to describe and give examples of the skills you possess and to give a potential internship host a better idea your goals and interests. As you are writing your statement, think of your audience - your potential employer abroad.
Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
** 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.