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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Internship
Area of Study: Accounting, Art and Visual Technology, Software Engineering, Theater, Urban and Suburban Studies, Web Design, Bioengineering, Biology, Business Analytics, Communication, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Finance, Graphic Design, International Business Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
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Internship Placements in Berlin (Summer)

Mason internship study abroad programs are destination-specific programs. 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 Berlin internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in Communications, Multimedia Design, Visual/Performing Arts, Urban Planning, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Software engineering, business, and accounting. 

About Berlin

Berlin is considered to be one of Europe's most influential economic, cultural and political centers, offering locals, students, and tourists an abundance of opportunity for cultural exchange. After the fall of the Wall in the 1990's, Berlin became the capital of a unified country, enhancing socio-economic growth and providing room for both the private and public sectors to expand. Students will have the opportunity to intern for organizations or companies considered leaders in their industry while simultaneously being able to enjoy all Berlin has to offer!

Program Details

The Global Education Office has partnered with The Academic Internship Council (AIC) to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program. Students work five days per week, living in a student apartment. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields, while also earning Mason resident credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic city of Berlin.

English-speaking internship placements are abundant however students with German language skills benefit by being able to integrate and immerse themselves in the internship experience and improve their language skills. During the two-month internship program, AIC offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more. 

Internship Placement Process

The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Please find an overview of internship fields on the AIC web site. Learn more about the Internship Placement Process.

Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study and about the complete support services offered during the program by the Program Officer before enrolling in a Global Education Office summer internship program. Please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

Credits Offered

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)
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 490: Internship (3 credits) + Chinese (CHIN) 305: Chinese for the Business World (3 credits)
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information. 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement and who have 45 undergraduate credits completed by the start date of the program. Students from all universities are eligible to participate. Graduate students should contact the Program Officer to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.

Housing

Furnished, city-center student housing convenient to public transportation and including kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet. In addition, on-site local AIC staff provide program management and 24-hour support for emergencies.

Visa Information

Learn more about Germany entry requirements, here. AIC will assist students with visa information.

Program Cost (Summer 2019): $6,450

Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing - shared student apartment
  • Internship placement
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • On-site cross cultural support
  • Optional weekly group social activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fee (if required)
  • Expedited visa application processing (if required)
  • Meals

Links and Resources

Program Links

AIC
Contact AIC
Examples of Internship Placements

Travel Links

U.S. Passports & International Travel - Singapore
U.S. Department of State Singapore Country Fact Sheet

Mason Links

Mason University Career Services Resources
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services

Contact Information

Experiential Programs Administrator

Whitney Morgan
wmorgan2@gmu.edu
703-993-4798
Schedule an appointment



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/03/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/02/2019 07/27/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.