The Global Education Office and The University of Waikato are offering a semester-long internship program for students majoring and/or minoring in George Mason University's School of Business. The University of Waikato is rated in the top 1.1% of universities worldwide and is considered one of the "friendliest universities in the country". In addition, the University of Waikato is considered a "Triple Crown" accredited business school - a rare and honorable accreditation to hold in the world.
Please note, this program is only open for students with a major or minor in George Mason University's School of Business program. Students should verify with the Mason School of Business on the courses offered at Waikato and in what way they could count towards their degree back at George Mason University.
New Student Orientation and On-site Support Services
In the week prior to classes starting, there is a full schedule of orientation events and information sessions that students can attend. In addition to these events, study abroad students have a compulsory orientation event that provides essential information on enrollment, workload, change of enrollment/withdrawal deadlines, and student support. The University of Waikato's International Student Services Office has a team of student advisors who act as point of first-contact for students who require support with living and studying at Waikato as an international student. This department is available for study abroad students through out the semester if assistance in needed.
Internships and Placement
The internship component involves students working eight (8) hours per week at non-profit or for-profit organization within Hamilton, New Zealand. Once accepted by the Global Education Office, students will work closely with the Business School at The University of Waikato to identify areas of interest so as to secure an internship for their semester abroad. A professor from the business school will contact students who have been accepted through the Global Education Office and have committed to the program in order to discuss realistic internship aspirations for the semester.
To lean more about what the internship placement timeline will resemble in the program, click here
Semester Course Credit
Students will enroll in a required course to compliment the internship experience through out the semester. The Internship Course is taught by a professor in the business school. Students will be evaluated through a number of assignments, professor feedback, and successful completion of a final paper and presentation at the end of the term.
Each paper at The University of Waikato is typically worth 15 points which is equivalent to US 3-4 credits (dependent upon the weight of course material).
Students will have the option to enroll in any other course offered by The University of Waikato for the semester. In order to be considered a full-time student during the semester, students should choose three additional papers for the semester. For a list of available papers for 2018, please visit the 2018 Catalogue of Papers.
At the end of the semester, students will receive a Transfer Transcript from The University of Waikato.
The Accommodation Office at The University of Waikato offers fully-catered residence halls and self-catered flats on-campus, as well as homestays and information about off-campus accommodations. On-campus housing is guaranteed for study abroad and exchange students if the application is submitted on time. The Housing Application for Fall 2018 (B semester) is due 1st May 2018 and is currently open for students to complete.
Housing is not included in the total program cost through the Global Education Office.
Before going to New Zealand, study abroad students need to obtain a Student Visa from Immigration New Zealand. Once students are accepted into this program, The University of Waikato will send an "Offer of Place" letter to the student which will be required to begin the Student Visa application.
Supplemental Health Insurance
All students studying abroad in New Zealand are required to purchase additional health insurance, separate from the insurance provided by George Mason University. Students that opt to participate in this internship abroad program can enroll in the Studentsafe Health Insurance Policy provided by The University of Waikato. Alternative health insurance policies approved by The University of Waikato are available should students opt to pursue a different coverage plan.