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Fact Sheet:
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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: Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy and Management, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Theater, Tourism, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Government and International Policy, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies, 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 Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Career Fields: Advertising, Communications, Education Administration/Business, Hospitality Management/Travel Industry, International Relations, Marketing, NGO/Nonprofit, Public Relations, Social Services
Program Description:

Internships in Hua Hin

Thailand, Summer

Cultural Tour - Thailand
For the most up to date COVID study abroad policies, click here.

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

Global Internships in Thailand: 

Mason Study Abroad partners with TravelBud to place students in an unpaid 10 week summer internship program in Hua Hin, Thailand. Students spend a week participating in an orientation, during which they can take an introductory Muay Thai class, practice meditation as a Buddhist temple, and volunteer with a local animal rescue non-profit. 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

Why Hua Hin:
The internship takes place in Hua Hin, a beautiful coastal area known for its beaches and Buddhist temples. Thailand earned its reputation as one of the premier tourist destinations in the world through its gorgeous landscape, rich culture, relaxed lifestyle, and the truly warm-hearted nature of its people. Students who choose this internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including working on individual projects at an 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) - The INTS 390 course fulfills the Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
  • 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.   
 
Note for School of Business Applicants:

The School of Business has a specific credit policy for internships for their majors which excludes internships that are not offered in the School of Business from a student’s degree. Students with a major in the School of Business have the following options:
 
  1. Enroll in a School of Business internship course (this requires you to meet their qualifications). You will be responsible for the tuition for that course and the GEO Internship program fee.
OR
  1. Earn INTS 390 or CONF 370 credit but the credits will not apply to your Business degree. You will fulfill your Global Understanding Mason Core requirement. You will be responsible only for the GEO Internship program fee. 
OR
  1. Earn internship course credits towards your minor. The GEO internship credits will apply to electives in the minor. Consult with your minor department to discuss if they will count prior to participation.
Either way, you are encouraged to talk to your academic advisor about this now to make the most informed decision for you. 

 

Internship Placements:

Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location? Internships workflow
  • Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section 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: $3254

Summer 2022: Coming soon!

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.
 
Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Shared housing during orientation and internship: Interns stay in shared housing in Hua Hin. 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 Thai culture and language orientation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Internship placement
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Transfer to Hua Hin for orientation and to internship placement thereafter
  • 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 Thailand under a Non-Immigrant O visa. This visa allows students to work as volunteer teachers and earn a stipend. 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 Thailand Embassy website for information about visa regulations. 
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals during teaching
  • Return shuttle to Bangkok airport (but TravelBud staff can provide suggestions)
  • Passport fees
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.  When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
 

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
 
Application Deposit: A $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
 
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill + Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.  The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 Application Deposit you will have already paid.
 
Note:
• You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill + Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your Student Account.
• George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester, your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
 
Financial Aid:
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
 
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
 
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial Aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad, you must:
• Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
 
After acceptance:
•Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer.
 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students.
 
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.

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.
 

Scholarships

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

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline: February 10, 2022
Note: The are limited spots for this program and applications are rolling. Please apply early to secure your spot.
 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who:
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • 19 years and older by the start date of the program
  • Are able to adapt to new and challenging circumstances
  • Can pass a background check
Graduate students should contact the GoIntern@gmu.edu to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.


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.

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:


Mason Links

Questions? Contact:

 

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

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Name Kelly McNulty 
(she, her)
Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798
Student
Office Hours
Schedule a meeting here.
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.