Global Internship in Japan:
Mason Study Abroad partners with CRCC Asia to place students in an unpaid two-month summer internship program in Osaka, Japan. Students work five days per week, living with in a student apartment. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields, while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic city of Osaka.
English-speaking internship placements are available; however, students with Japanese language skills will benefit by being able to integrate and immerse themselves in the Japanese-speaking environment, and improve their Japanese language skills. During the two-month internship program, CRCC Asia offers student support services in-country, such as a welcome orientation, group activities, 24/7 staff support, and more.
Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and an economic hub of Western Japan. Osaka has companies ranging from internationally renowned large corporations such as Panasonic to SMEs with innovative businesses and technology platforms working in sports, video games technology, and green energy. Osaka is Tokyo’s less expensive and conservative foil rooted in its prosperity as an arts, theatre and cultural hub at one time.
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 Program Officer 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 their Mason Study Abroad Program Officer to complete the necessary paperwork to approve department-specific credit. Some undergraduate programs have independent research and special topics credit that may apply to this program. Students must comply with departmental requirements in order to receive internship 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 a list of internship sectors on CRCC Asia 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 internship program. Please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience.
Interns stay in serviced apartments located in the heart of Osaka. Participants share the apartments with one or two other interns of the same gender. Each person has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom, living room and kitchen. All apartments have air conditioning, Internet access, and a television. The apartment service includes provision and changes of bed linen and towels and weekly cleaning. There is a front desk reception and concierge service if required.
An internship visa is required of all students. Learn more about the visa process, here
Summer 2020: $6,835
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Housing - shared student apartment
- Internship placement
- Visa Fees
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Fluent English/Japanese on-site support
- Optional weekly group social activities
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Medical Insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
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
Examples of Internship Placements
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Japan
U.S. Department of State Japan Country Fact Sheet