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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Management, Multimedia, Nonprofit Studies, Art and Visual Technology, Psychology, Public Policy and Management, Recreation Management, Social Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sport and American Culture, Arts and Social Change, Tourism, Arts Management, Urban and Suburban Studies, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Communication, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Consciousness and Transformation, Criminology Law and Society, Education Studies, English, Entrepreneurship, Film and Video Studies, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Geography, Global Affairs, Global Systems, Health and Social Policy, History, Immigration Studies, Integrative Studies, International/Comparative Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Leadership, Legal Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Career Fields: Advertising, Education Administration/Business, International Relations, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Services
Program Description:

Internship Placements at University of the Andes (UANDES)

Chile, Summer 

UANDES Internship
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Global Internship in Chile:

The Global Education office has partnered with UANDES International Relations Office to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program. Students work five days per week and gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in the UANDES International Relations office while also earning Mason credit. 

Why Intern at UANDES: 
Between the sands of the Atacama Desert and glacial plains of Patagonia sits Santiago, Chile’s bustling metropolitan capital. With a population of 7 million, Santiago contains world-class museums, a bustling business district in Las Condes, and beaches and ski resorts less than an hour away. While in Santiago, view the city from above by hiking up San Cristobal hill or visiting Gran Torre Santiago- the tallest building in South America! Learn about the rich history of the city at Palacio de la Moneda or one of the numerous art and history museums throughout the city.

If you are looking to fully immerse yourself in Chilean culture and the Spanish language, homestays are possible through Andes Living! This will provide you with a rented room in a home with a Chilean family, as well as access to meals. Students can also find independent housing instead if preferred.

The Global Education office has partnered with UANDES International Relations Office to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program with their Study Abroad office. Situated in the picturesque foothills of the Andes mountains, this position provides an opportunity to gain valuable global work experience and professional skills. Students work five days per week while also earning Mason credit. This position provides an opportunity to network with international students from many universities. Students with a high-level of Spanish proficiency can take advantage of the many opportunities the city holds by interning in international relations, education administration, and advertising.

Learn more about our Global Partner, UANDES.
 

Credits

6 credits

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.
 

Eligibility

This program is open to 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. Students should be at a B1/B2 level Spanish.
 

Course Options:

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) 
  • Communication (COMM) 399: Special Topics in Communication (3 credits) + Communication (COMM) 307: Field Study in Communication (3 credits) 
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390: Internship (3 credits) + Spanish (SPAN) 490: Internship in Spanish (3 credits) (Or another language depending on location) 
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program but it must be approved by each student's academic department. Contact GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.
   
Note for School of Business Applicants:
The School of Business has a 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:

 
  1. Enroll in a School of Business internship course (this requires you to meet their qualifications). You will be responsible for the tuition for that course and the GEO Internship program fee.
OR
  1. 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. 
OR
  1. 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. 
 

 

Internship Placements:

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The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months in the UANDES International Relations office.
Once accepted by the Mason Global Education Office, students will work closely with UANDES placement officer to discuss their internship in higher education. Interns will work on a wide range of tasks related to UANDES international education programs including promoting studying abroad at events, developing marketing materials, supporting logistics of student programs. Internship tasks will be specialized based on each intern's skills and professional background.
 
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. 

Internship at UANDES:
Internship placements are a combination of Spanish and English speaking. During the two-month internship program, UANDES offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more. Learn more about UANDES.  


















 
 

Program Cost

Summer 2021:

  • $4600 (with homestay accommodations) or

  • $3253 (without accommodations)

Summer 2022: Coming soon!

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.

Included:
  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Internship placement
  • Housing  
    • Option 1: Homestay with a Chilean family or individual (including 2 meals per day except on weekends)
    • Option 2: You find your own independent housing.
  • Student ID to access all facilities on campus
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • The opportunity to participate in different cultural workshops and sports activities offered by the UANDES Students Life Department. The student can choose from a wide variety of options such as soccer, tennis, salsa, photography and flamenco.
  • Fluent English/Spanish on-site support
  • Cultural trips and off-campus visits
  • Wi-Fi on campus
  • 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 (if Applicable)
    • An entry visa is not required for US citizens, but visa requirements may vary for non-US citizens. Learn more about Chilean visa requirements, here.
  • Passport fees
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal expenses
*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.
 

Program Payments

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.
 
Note:
• 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.
 
Financial Aid:
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.
 
After acceptance:
•Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer.
 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students.
 
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.

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

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. 

Scholarships

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

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: February 10, 2022
 

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.

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
(she, her)
Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798
Student Office Hours Schedule a meeting here.
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.