Global Internship in Paris:
Renowned for its elegance, romanticism, exquisite cuisine, and unparalleled beauty, Paris is a destination at the top of any enthusiastic world traveler’s list. Paris is broken up into 20 arrondissements – ‘neighborhoods’ each offering a different feel and reflection upon the vast history of France. In exploring the city, it is common to stumble upon little communities, markets, and squares where you least expect them and to find yourself suddenly standing in front of an internationally recognized and historically significant site.
Paris, recognized internationally as a leading center for business and culture, is a wonderful choice for those looking to spend a few months interning abroad. Known as the City of Lights, Paris offers a unique combination of romance, history, and a forward thinking and influential work culture where the work week is officially 35 hours. An internship in Paris, France is very unique as most placements require some French language skills and positions are competitive as overseas college students compete with French students for work experience. Internship placements are available in a wide range of fields but some of the most popular fall within the realms of fashion, business, marketing, and international politics.
Internships in Paris, France are a great way to experience the city up close and personal, taking the necessary time to appreciate all of its charm all the while building your resumé and gaining valuable French language skills.
The Global Education office has partnered with Global Experiences
to provide Mason students an internship experience in Paris, France. 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 Paris internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in design (fashion, graphic, etc), business, global affairs, communications, and marketing.
*Please note, a fundamental understanding of the French language is required. Acceptance into this program by the Global Education Office is conditional
until applicants are assessed and approved by the Global Experiences Paris team.
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.
: 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)
: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer 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.
The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization for approximately 35 hours per week. 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 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
Global Experiences interns in Paris live in a student residence. Each individual studio apartment is equipped with a single bed, ensuite bathroom, desk, linens, a small wardrobe, and a kitchenette. You can expect Wi-Fi throughout the building as well as a variety of common areas for meeting up and hanging out with friends. Additionally, you will find a laundry room with credit card-operated washing machines and dryers. The accommodation is a short walk to a number of public transport stops to take you straight into the heart of the city.
Summer 2020: $8,075
- Tuition (6 Credits)
- Internship Placement and SMART Goal Development
- Housing (breakfast included)
- In-Country Orientation
- Local group meet ups
- Networking Events
- Internship Site Visit and Feedback Session
- Cultural and Professional Reflection Exit Orientation
- Mason Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Health Insurance
- International Airfare
- Visa processing
- Expedited visa processing
- Personal Expenses
- Public transportation
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.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Summer 2020 programs open: September 1, 2019
Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020
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.
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