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  • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy and Management, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Theater, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Government and International Policy, Communication, Community Health, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Creative Writing, Economics, Education Studies, English, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, Health Administration, History, Human Development and Family Science, Integrative Studies Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

Internship Placements in Vietnam

Vietnam, Summer

Vietnam
Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location?
  • Search for opportunities and examples here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.

Global Internship in Vietnam:

Mason Study Abroad partners with TravelBud to place students in an unpaid 8 week summer internship program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Students spend a week participating in an orientation, during which they learn local cooking tips, practice martial arts, and visit the War Remnants Museum. They will intern at a local organization focusing on multiple career fields, including but not limited to:
  • General Business Internship
  • Educational Program Coordination and Management
  • Marketing Coordination and Management
  • Education Development and Coordination
  • Teaching Placement Coordination and Management
  • NGO Coordination and Management
Each student will develop a major project that is relevant to both the organization’s needs and the individual’s skills, and a mentor will provide close support throughout this process. At the end of the program, the student will present the project to the Senior Management team. Past projects include:
  • Local fundraising projects
  • Implementation of new educational approaches
  • Marketing video projects and procedures
  • Web traffic analysis and SEO enhancements
There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning and self-discovery which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic sites of Vietnam. During the 10 week program, TravelBud and its partner staff offer student support services in-country, such as an  in-depth culture and language orientation, many group activities, 24/7 staff support, cultural excursions, and more. During the internship, students will be checked in on by staff and receive support throughout. There are also additional travel opportunities that TravelBud can assist with on weekends and ways to connect online as a group.

Why Vietnam: 
From innumerable rice paddies and the Mekong river delta in the south, to the highlands and beach resorts of central Vietnam, and the French colonial architecture and diverse cuisine of northern Vietnam, there is so much to see, do, and taste, in this wonderfully diverse country. Students who choose this internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including working on individual projects at a local organization under the guidance of a mentor.

Learn more about our Global Partner, Travelbud.
 

Credits

6 credits

You will take a class online during your internship, in order to receive credits. The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the Summer. For this program, you would receive 6 credits for a minimum of 270 hours worked. Your grade for the class is based on the work you complete for the Mason internship class online, which will include a final report from your internship supervisor.
 

Course Options

Default Credit: You are automatically approved to receive one of the two course credit options below for your internship. 
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits) 
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits)  
Students wanting different credits can petition their department, however, these approvals are not guaranteed, and there may be additional eligibility requirements. For example, students have preliminary approval COMM 450 if they meet all requirements from the department. You can look up potential alternative credits and their requirements in the Mason Course Catalog.  There will be a questionnaire in the application process where students indicate the credit they would like to receive and we will provide you with the form required for approval. This process is handled entirely by the student, not by GEO.
 
Previously, students have petitioned their academic departments to receive the following credits:
 
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (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)
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program but it must be approved by each student's academic department. Contact GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.   
 

Internship Placements:

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  • Search for opportunities and examples here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.
This internship involves students working full-time at an international organization or company while receiving professional support by our Global Partners. The first step is for students to complete their Mason application before being accepted and nominated to our Global Partner. Students will then be interviewed by our Global Partner and accepted by them. Internship placements are English-speaking for all students who are not fluent in the local language, although there may be opportunities to practice language skills informally with coworkers and in daily life.
 
Students will work closely with our Global Partner’s placement officers to identify areas of interest and to secure an internship at an education/global travel non-profit or one of their partners. Students will interview with staff members and receive a job offer
 

Internships Details

Each student will develop a major project that is relevant to both the organization’s needs and the individual’s skills, and a mentor will provide close support throughout this process. At the end of the program, the student will present the project to the Senior Management team.  Past projects include:
  • Local fundraising projects
  • Implementation of new educational approaches
  • Marketing video projects and procedures
  • Web traffic analysis and SEO enhancements
There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning and self-discovery which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic sites of Thailand. During the 10 week program, TravelBud and its partner staff offer student support services in-country, such as an in-depth culture and language orientation, many group activities, 24/7 staff support, cultural excursions, and more.  During the internship, students will be checked in on by staff and receive support throughout. There are also additional travel opportunities that TravelBud can assist with on weekends and ways to connect online as a group.












 

Program Cost

Summer 2021: TBA but similar to 2020
Summer 2020: $3485


Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Shared housing during orientation and internship: Interns stay in shared housing in Ho Chi Minh City. TravelBud staff will assist students in securing housing near their respective placement and help them settle in to their new home. Housing details vary by location.
  • In-depth Vietnamese culture and language orientation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Internship placement
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Fluent English on-site support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation including cultural activities
  • Visa guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance
Not Included:
  • Meals
  • Visas: US Nationals will enter Vietnam under a business visa. This visa allows students to work as interns. TravelBud will provide students with the necessary documentation and a thorough visa guide on how to apply for this visa. All non-US nationals should visit the Vietnam Embassy website for information about visa regulations.   
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals during internship

Program Payments

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 1, 2021. 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 1, 2021. 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.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Directions for Budget Sheet 
Scroll to the top of this page and look for the Budget Sheets: Summer link under Locations and Program Terms. Click on this to see the estimated costs. Here are details for each cost category:
 
Budget Item: Budget items are costs associated with your program that you need to include in your budgeting as you make plans to participate in this program. These budget items fall into two categories, Billable and Non-Billable. 
 
Billable subtotal:  Items in the Billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Billable subtotal. Billable Budget Items are costs which you will receive a bill for from George Mason. These costs are fixed (not estimated) and paid through either MasonAbroad or your Mason student account. 
 
Non-billable subtotal: Like the billable category, items in the Non-billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Non-billable subtotal. Items in the Non-billable category are necessary costs that are associated with the program, such as airfare to get you to your location, on location housing and food costs, etc. These costs are estimates. We include estimates so that you can quickly assess a typical total cost for a program, however these are costs that the student is responsible for.    
 

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2021 programs open: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: February 10, 2021
Note: The are limited spots for this program and applications are rolling. Please apply early to secure your spot.
 

Application requirements:*

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.
 

Application instructions:

Program Links

Travel and Visa Links

Mason Links

Questions? Contact:

 

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

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Name Kelly McNulty
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Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798
Student
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Schedule a meeting here.
 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.