If you have a very specific internship placement in mind or are looking through our program list and not seeing your location of choice, you still have options! You can “Build Your Own Internship,” where you research and secure your own internship while working with the GEO office to receive relevant academic credit. Students are responsible for finding this internship, housing, and travel arrangements independently, which is what differs from the existing internship placement programs that GEO offers.
This program is open to all undergraduate students who are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) with the university. Graduate students should contact the Program Administrator to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.
Earn 1-12 credits for a summer or winter internship or externship. A 3-12 credit option is an internship, while a 1 or 2 credit option is considered an externship (a mini-internship/job shadowing experience). Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours per credit requested.
The default Mason internship study abroad credit for undergraduate internship programs is 3 or 6 Mason resident credits of Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits) Coursework is obtained by an online Blackboard course taught by a Mason faculty member during the program. If students wish to obtain internship credit other than INTS 390 or CONF 370, they must meet with the internship coordinator or department chair in the department from which they wish to obtain the credit. Students must then communicate with the GEO Program Administrator to complete the necessary paperwork to approve department-specific credit. Some undergraduate programs have independent research and special topics credit that may apply to this program. Students must comply with departmental requirements in order to receive internship credit.
Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits)
Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits)
Previously, students have petitioned to obtain alternate credits in the following for internships:
Economics (ECON) 498: Internship (6 credits)
Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (6 credits)
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience (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)
While GEO can recommend some websites and resources, students are responsible for researching and securing their own internships. This is an independent, self-driven process. Each will apply directly with the organization they intend to work for and obtain a job description to submit to GEO as part of the application process. Both the student and the internship organization host will complete GEO paperwork to support the credit receiving process.
Housing options will vary by internship location. It's highly likely that student's will have to find and secure their own housing with the Build Your Own Internship Program.
USAJobs: US federal government jobs including US Embassy internships
LinkedIn: General job search and networking resource
Specific Internship/Job Shadowing Opportunties
Below are some initial ideas for your Build Your Own Internship search, although there are many more out there! Please note that Mason does not partner with these organizations and you would contact them directly for opportunities.
University of Applied Sciences: Intern in Germany in fields such as: Materials Design, Media Projects, Mobile Computing, Nanoanalytics and Biophysics, and Web Applications. Scholarships and language classes possible.
Emzingo: Global Impact Fellowships in Peru, South Africa, or Spain allow students to intern on consulting projects with local nonprofit or social enterprises.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship: A fully-funded summer fellowship affording underrepresented U.S. university students with the opportunity to intern abroad for eight weeks in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore. There are also other funded programs abroad listed.
IAESTE Internships: IAESTE provides international professional opportunities for students in the technical fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture). Participants complete internships at host institutions ranging from large multinational corporations to university research centers to startups. All IAESTE participants receive a stipend that covers at least the cost of living –housing, transportation and food – in their host city. Many locations available.
Swiss Embassy: The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship gives funding for research opportunities students secure at Swiss universities.
Omprakash: Search their partner network to connect directly with vetted grassroots social impact organizations and apply for their volunteer and internship opportunities.
VA Corps: Internship programs in a range of fields in Cape Town.
The cost is the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees for the number of credits requested + $60 International Emergency Medical Insurance. This will be put as a charge on your student account. There are no additional costs from Mason.
International Emergency Medical Insurance
Airport pickup upon arrival
Personal expenses and cultural excursions
Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
In-country support (Note: There is a GEO Health and Safety Specialist on-call to support you but you would speak with your employer and local resources for further on the ground support).
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of payment.
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. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Program payment is due:
Winter and Semester: Email the Program Administrator for this timeline.
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 program 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."
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students: Payments
GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply: Scholarships
How to Apply
Identify a country or region and an internship you are interested in online.
Schedule a meeting with Experiential Programs Administrator. If you are unsure of where to look or how to narrow down internship options, GEO staff can provide guidance throughout but students must lead the follow up research.
Complete the Mason application online by the due date, including the job description form.
If you are participating in a program where there is a US Department of State travel warning, additional paperwork and discussions may be required.
Apply to the internships that you researched if you have not already done so. You can do this at any stage of the process.
Consult with your Academic Advisor to determine the credit you will request for this internship and with a Financial Aid Counselor to see your funding options if relevant.
Once you secure an internship and upload an official internship offer letter to GEO, you will receive a status update from our office. Once accepted by GEO, you are responsible for finalizing and purchasing the following: flights, housing, food, transportation, visa, etc. Being accepted by GEO means that your internship opportunity has been vetted and you have been approved by to receive academic credit for this. You should not buy your flights or make non-refundable arrangements until you are accepted by GEO.
Submit all required paperwork to GEO staff by the deadlines shared.
Travel abroad and begin your internship!
Winter: Oct 1st
Summer: May 10th
Semester: Contact the Program Administrator Note: If you found an opportunity after these deadlines, please contact the Program Administrator to confirm whether this is possible.
Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator
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.
Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement.
Internship Questionnaire and Job Description: This provides details on the internship you are requesting credit for and the official Job Description from your employer. The Job Description can either be a link to an online posting, a screenshot of an email from your employer sharing job details, or a description on your employer’s letter head.
Internship Offer Letter: Once you are offered the internship by your employer, you are required to upload your offer letter. Your application is not considered complete until this is uploaded. This Offer Letter can be a screenshot of an email from your employer sharing the offer, or a description on your employer’s letter head. It must include:
the name, contact details, and signature of your employer
the dates and hours you will work
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.
NOTE: For Summer 2020, this is only open to international students who will already be in their home country during this time. Mason does not endorse international travel for Summer 2020.
** 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.