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:
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
3 - 6 credits
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.
- Default Credit:
- Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (3 or 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.
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:
- Microfinance and Economic Empowerment
- Alternative and Sustainable Solar Energy
- Health Consulting
- Nutrition Advice and Diet Consulting
- Female Hygiene and Sanitation
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.
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!
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 Embassy website
for information about visa regulations.
Summer 2020: $4975 (4 weeks), $7475 (8 weeks)
- Tuition (3 credits for 4 weeks, 6 credits for 8 weeks)
- Accommodation during orientation and internship dates, including utilities
- 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
- Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
- 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
- Lunch on project days and all weekend meals
- International airfare
- Cell data for personal use
- Personal travel, activity and weekend 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
Application 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.
Project Everest Ventures Website
Malawi Program Video - Youtube
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Malawi
U.S. Department of State Malawi Country Fact Sheet