Global Internship at Massey University:
About National Expedition and Internships at Massey University
Most summer study abroad programs are based in a classroom. Not at Massey University. You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organization, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break. The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application. Massey University's internship track programs, which are unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship.
Massey University has created two "industry tracks
" students can choose from for an internship experience. Students interested in this program may only choose from one track to apply for the summer program. The majors listed under each track are the best fits, but these aren't the only majors Massey will consider. For example, the Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track has health care placements for Nursing and Pre-Med majors. If you are unsure as to where your major would fall or if it's not listed, please speak to your program officer in the Global Education Office before submitting an application.
While admission into each is highly competitive, for those students accepted, they will find themselves being presented the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a country completely unique in both it's economic and environmental infrastructure.
*Please note, for Mason students from a non-native English speaking country, you will be required by Massey University to meet the English language requirements
. If you have any questions about this, please meet with your program officer in the Global Education Office before completing this application.
You will be enrolled in two separate courses during the program, one for the National Expedition and the other for the Internship. Both courses together are worth 30 Massey University credits, which equate to 6 - 8 U.S. semester credits. Interns will receive a Transfer Transcript upon completion of the program.
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 (6-8 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.
Communication and Marketing
(8 June - 17 July, 2020)
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management
- Public Relations
- Media Studies
(15 June - 24 July, 2020)
Urban and Regional Planning
The internship component involves students working five days a week 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 time 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 Administrator. 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
You and the other interns within your track will live and cook together in the same backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.
Students that hold citizenship from the United States with enter New Zealand on a Visitor Visa
. Visitor visa applications can be obtained during your flight to New Zealand. You will complete the application card during your flight and submit it to immigration upon arrival to the airport in New Zealand. Students holding US passports do not
apply for a student visa due to the short duration of the program while in country. If you are not from a visa-waiver country, you will need to check with Immigration New Zealand
to determine which visa will best fit your situation.
Summer 2020: $6,448
- Internship placement
- Internet access during internship
- Course-related activities and excursions
- Welcome and farewell dinner and breakfasts during the 2-week National Expedition
- George Mason University Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Insurance
- Massey University online pre-departure orientation
- Pick-up from airport:
- Communication and Marketing, Disaster Risk and Emergency Management: Christchurch, NZ International Airport
- 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:
Explore New Zealand Scholarship
Students are encouraged to apply to Massey University's "Explore New Zealand Scholarship
". One scholarship is awarded to an individual in each track and is worth NZ $500. If you apply and are awarded the scholarship, the funds will be used to lower your total program cost.
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
Application 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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