Global Internship in Berlin:
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.
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!
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.
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 GoIntern@gmu.edu
to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.
: 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 credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information.
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.
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.
Learn more about Germany entry requirements, here
. AIC will assist students with visa information.
Summer 2019: $6,450
Summer 2020: Coming Soon!
- 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
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
- Visa fee (if required)
- Expedited visa application processing (if required)
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 in early March in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due in early April. 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 their 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."
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
Application Deadline: Early March 2020
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
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.
Examples of Internship Placements
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