Global Internship in Sydney:
The Global Education office has partnered with Global Experiences
to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program in Sydney, Australia. 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 Sydney internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in business and economics, communications, marketing, accounting, IT, environmental science, tourism, global affairs, government, and graphic design.
Why Intern in Sydney:
In addition to a great tourism industry that caters to adventure and nature lovers, Sydney is also home to wonderful opportunities in the areas of business, real estate, arts/entertainment, banking, education, politics, and law. Furthermore, it is widely considered one of the most pleasant and livable cities in the entire world. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbor, and Luna Park, it’s easy to understand why so many fall in love with this harbour city by the sea.
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.
- 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
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.
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 Sydney:
An internship in Sydney through Global Experiences is guaranteed to be an experience unlike any other. Sydney is a city with a booming tourism industry and plenty to explore making it perfect for any traveler or intern. As Australia’s financial and economic center Sydney has plenty of great full-time internship opportunities. Some of our most popular placement fields include business, real estate, arts, banking, education, politics, and law. See additional Sydney Internship examples
Summer 2020: $7,575
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Housing in Sydney is in a serviced apartment complex located close to central station. Students share a double room, with a person of the same gender, in a shared apartment with other students interning abroad. Each apartment is two-bedroom, two-bathroom and is fully furnished with kitchen and laundry facilities. Weekly cleaning service is included, and a gym and pool are located in the building. The residence is within distance to public transportation, cafes, and shops.
- In country orientation
- Internship Placement and SMART Goal Development
- 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
- Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
- Visa fee (if applicable).
- US Citizens will be required to obtain a work visa. Global Experiences will assist in any documentation required for the visa application process. All non-US citizens should review the Australian Embassy website to verify if a visa is required for entry.
- 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.
Links and Resources
Department of State
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