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.
Internships and Placement
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.
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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)
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information.
During your internship, you will be staying in a homestay in Paris. This accommodation package includes breakfast each day. Living in a homestay environment gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Parisian culture and practice your French language skills while also having the independence to enjoy your time abroad. Each participant is carefully matched to the right homestay taking into account preferences, interests, and special requests. Homestays may be in an apartment or a house, but all will be accessible by the Paris metro in residential areas throughout the city.