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Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Language Courses Offered: Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Accounting, Applied Science, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Laboratory Science, Mild Disabilities, Multimedia, Music and Well-Being, Music, Neuroscience, Nonprofit Studies, Nutrition, Art and Visual Technology, Public Health, Recreation Management, Rehabilitation Science, Art History, Severe Disabilities, Social Justice, Social Work, Software Engineering, 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, Athletic Training, Audio Production, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 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, Finance, Folklore and Mythology, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Global Affairs, Global Systems, Graphic Design, Health Administration, Health Communication, Health Promotion, Health Psychology, 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/Comparative Studies, Applied Information Technology, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Leadership
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Internship Placements in Curitiba

Brazil, Summer

Curitiba
Global Internship in Brazil:

The Global Education office has partnered with Brazilian Experience to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program in Curitiba, Brazil. Students work five days per week and gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields, while also earning Mason credit. Internship placements are driven by a student’s interests, area of study, internship availability, and location. For example, a Brazil internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Economics, Art, Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Social Work, Communications, and Psychology, and more.

Why Intern in Curitiba: 
Curitiba, the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, is famous for its new ideas, especially in regard to Urban planning, public transportation and the environment. 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.

Credits

6 credits

 

Eligibility

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.
 

Course Options:

Undergraduate:
  • Default Credit:
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits)
 
  •  Previously, students have petitioned 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 GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.  

Students can request alternate credits in their course of study through our Course Equivalency and Registration System but approval is based on each department’s requirements.

Check out our Course Evaluation and Registration to learn more about requesting course equivalency and to create a Plan of Study. 

Internship Placements:

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, students will work closely with a Global Experiences placement officer to identify areas of interest so as 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 by emailing GoIntern@gmu.edu. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

Internship in Curitiba:
Students take a one-week intensive Portuguese language course for the first week 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 2-3 at an extra cost. 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, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more. Explore more examples of Internships in Curitiba
 

Program Cost

Summer 2020: $5735

Included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing 
    • 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.
  • 1 - week Portuguese Language Course
  • 2 meals per day
  • Internship placement
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Fluent English/Portuguese on-site support
  • Optional group social activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not included:

  • Airfare
    • Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
  • Some Meals 
  • Visa fee (if applicable). Our partner organizations will provide clear guidance on your specific visa process based on your placement.
    • Most students will be able to join the program on a Visitor Visa, granted upon arrival. Although, if required by host company, Internship Visa fees may apply.
      • CPF fees ($75 + express envelopes and postage approximately $40).
      • Registration at the Federal Police if required by host organization (around $80, mandatory for internship visa holders).
    • Visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens. Learn more about Brazil visa requirements here.
  • Personal expenses
  • Public transportation
  • Additional/optional week of Portuguese language class - $190

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2020 programs open: September 1, 2019 
Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020
 

Application requirements:*

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.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

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.
 

Application instructions:

Links and Resources

Travel Links
Department of State 

Mason Links
Mason University Career Services Resources (find out how Mason Career Services may help you prepare for your internship, or how to prepare for an interview)
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services

Questions? Contact:

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

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Name Kelly McNulty
Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2020 08/02/2020
NOTE: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

** 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.