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:
Why Hua Hin:
- 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
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
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.
- Default Credit:
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits)
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact GoIntern@gmu.edu
for more information.
Students can request alternate credits in their course of study through our Course Equivalency and Registration System but approval is based on each department’s requirements.
Check out our Course Evaluation and Registration
to learn more about requesting course equivalency and to create a Plan of Study.
The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Once accepted by the Global Education Office, students will work closely with the Experiential Programs Administrator to identify areas of interest so as to secure an internship for their summer abroad. Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to the Experiential Programs Administrator. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience.
To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here
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.
Students should contact the Program Administrator about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study and about the complete support services offered during the program before enrolling in a Global Education Office internship program. When contacting the Administrator and when creating your Personal Statement, include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from this experience.
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.
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. TravelBud’s status as a teaching NGO in Thailand allows volunteers to earn stipends equal to the salary they earn.
Summer 2020: $3341
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Shared housing during orientation and internship
- 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 and pre-departure guidance and support
- 24/7 in-country support
- International Emergency Medical Insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
- Meals during teaching
- Return shuttle to Bangkok airport (but TravelBud staff can provide suggestions)
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
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Note: The are limited spots for this program and applications are rolling. Please apply early to secure your spot.
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.