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  • Locations: Various, Various
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Break, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Break
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Number of Credits Offered: 1-12
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
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Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

Build Your Own Internship Program

Various Locations

Build Your Own Internship
Build Your Own Internship Program: 

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.

Credits

1-12 credits

 

Eligibility

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.
 

Course Options

Undergraduate
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). Students must complete a minimum of 45 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. 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, 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. 

Undergraduate:
  • Default Credit:
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits)
  • Previously, students have petitioned to obtain alternate credits in the following:
    • 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)
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 490: Internship (3 credits) + Spanish (SPAN) 490: Internship in Spanish (3 credits) 
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, whether through INTS or through their department if approved. 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. 

Internship Placements:

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.

To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here
 

Housing

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.


Visa Information

Internship locations may require a visa. It is the student's responsibility to lodge their own visa. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go.html
 

Program Cost

Varies

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.

Included:
  • Tuition
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance 
Not Included:
  • Internship placement
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Housing
  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Visas
  • 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).
 

Program Payments

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.
  • Summer: April 19
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."

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

Scholarships

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!

Application Deadlines:

Winter: Oct 1st
Summer: April 1st
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.

Application requirements:*

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:
  • your name
  • 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.

Application instructions:

For Mason applicants (pdf)

Travel Links
Mason Links
Mason University Career Services Resources (find out how Mason Career Services may help you prepare for your internship, or how to prepare for an interview)
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services

Questions? Contact:

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

 

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Name

Kelly McNulty

Email

GoIntern@gmu.edu

Phone

703-993-4798

 



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2020 04/10/2020 ** 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.