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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, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Public Policy and Management, Social Work, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Tourism, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Community Health, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Earth Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Finance, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, Global Affairs, Health Administration, Applied Computer Science, 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:

Social Impact Internships in Malawi

Malawi, Summer

Malawi

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Global Internships in Malawi: 

The Global Education Office partners with Project Everest Ventures to place students in an unpaid 4 or 8 week summer internship program in Blantyre, Malawi. Students participate in a pre-departure training session in a central location in the US before departing. All internships are available for the 4 or 8 week options. For the 8 week option, students will be enabled to take on more of a leadership role in the project development in the last few weeks.

On an internship with Project Everest Ventures, students will join a multidisciplinary team of other young social entrepreneurs to develop a locally-based social business solution. These include:
  • Microfinance and Economic Empowerment
  • Alternative and Sustainable Solar Energy
  • Health Consulting
  • Nutrition Advice and Diet Consulting
  • Female Hygiene and Sanitation
There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning through local community engagement and invaluable personal and professional development, which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, adding an overseas element to their degree, immersing themselves amongst the rich culture and environment of Malawi, and create social impact for real communities that need it most. During both the 4 week and 8 week programs, Project Everest and its risk and safety partner organization offer student support services in-country, such as an in-depth cultural orientation, hands on entrepreneurial experience, 24/7 staff support, community engagement activities, a range of workshops and soft skill training, and more. Throughout the internship, students will receive support from in-country and offshore staff. Students who choose this internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including working as part of a team on social impact programs.

Why Malawi:
Malawi, is a largely agricultural country located in southeastern Africa, bordered by Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania. Malawi is called the “Warm Heart of Africa” and known for its friendly people, coffee and tea exports. The internships are based in the city, and wider region surrounding, Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi.

Learn more about our Global Partner, Project Everest.
 

Credits

3 - 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 3 credits for the 1 month program or 6 credits for the 2 month program. 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 (3 or 6 credits) 
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (3 or 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.
 
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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Mason internship study abroad programs are destination-specific programs. There are 4 and 8 week options available. Interns undertaking an internship with Project Everest Ventures will join a multidisciplinary team aimed at developing a social business solution alongside a local community. Each project works on creating a long term, community driven solution, and students can have a lasting impact on the programs in the following areas:
 
  • Village Banks Microfinance | Creating a decentralized bridge of access to financial capital through existing local social structures, ones that tend to support females in the communities we work in. This aims to encourage economic growth and development, with the vision of becoming a tech-based microfinance institution.
  • Moyo Energy (Solar Solutions) | Transforming access to reliable and sustainable energy in Africa through affordable solar solutions. At this point, solar is a viable and cost-effective alternative to using candles and paraffin lamps.
  • Health Consulting | Digitizing the data entry collection process at local clinics hospitals, and healthcare facilities to increase greater efficiencies in the local health care system. Through higher accuracy and lower costs, this aims to create better outcomes for both patients and clinics.
  • Hidden Hunger (Nutrition Advice) | Creating an affordable and accessible means for local communities to better understand nutrition, and tailored advice to enable them to easily have a complete diet for themselves and their families.
  • Female Hygiene and Sanitation | Enabling better, more sustainable female sanitation practices, education and opportunities for women and girls through the provision of better menstruation management resources, enabled through local community leaders.

The student’s internship placement relative to their area of study defines their global work experience, and determines the internship course credit the student will receive.












 

Program Cost

Summer 2021: TBA but similar to 2020
Summer 2020: $4975 (4 weeks), $7475 (8 weeks)

Included:
  • Tuition (3 credits for 4 weeks, 6 credits for 8 weeks)
  • Housing during orientation and internship dates, including utilities: Students working with Project Everest will be living in a “project house”. This will typically house 2-3 teams with the staff and is a great living environment for building strong relationships and blending work with lifestyle. Students will be in rooms of 2-8 with other students, including non-Mason students. Students will have access to kitchens, bathrooms and a work space. There will likely be cold showers - but that is part of the experience!
  • Breakfast and dinner on program days
  • Clean drinking water
  • In-depth Malawi cultural orientation training
  • In-country training workshops
  • Cultural engagement activities and events
  • Internship placement
  • Fluent English-speaking leaders and in-country support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation: a flight subsidy (up to $200) to a central US location, housing, food and cultural activities
  • Embassy website for information about visa regulations.   
  • 24/7 in-country medical and security support and access to International SOS
  • Dedicated and trained Team and Senior Leaders
  • Project Everest polo shirt and notebook
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance
Not Included:
  • Lunch on project days and all weekend meals
  • Visa and pre-departure guidance and support: US Nationals will enter Malawi under a tourism visa. This visa allows students to work as interns. Project Everest will provide students with the necessary documentation and a thorough visa guide on how to apply for this visa. Any US Nationals staying in Malawi longer than 30 days will be required to extend and change their visa to a business visa during the program period whilst in Malawi and will be given guidance by our staff if this is required. All non-US nationals should visit the Malawi 
  • International airfare
  • Cell data for personal use
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal travel, activity and weekend expenses

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
 
Rolling Admissions! Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served. Receive an application update within two weeks after completing. 
 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who:
  • Are 20 years old or older by the start date of the program
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • Able to complete an intensive internship program
  • 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.

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

Project Everest Ventures Website
Malawi Program Video - Youtube
Budget Sheet

Travel Links
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Malawi
U.S. Department of State Malawi Country Fact Sheet


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 Office Hours Schedule a meeting here.
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2021 07/24/2021
NOTE: NOTE: 4 Week Program: 06/06/2021 - 06/25/2021 | 8 Week Program: 06/06/2021 - 07/24/2021

** 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.