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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

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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

1-6 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 1-6 credits for a summer or winter internship or externship. A 3-6 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 45 hours per credit requested. If you are interested in more than 6 credits, please email gointern@gmu.edu to see what may be possible.

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 (1-6 credits). The 3 or 6 credit option fulfills your Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (1-6 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.
 
Previously, students have petitioned their academic departments to receive the following credits:
 
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (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) 
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.  
 
Note for School of Business Applicants: 
The School of Business has a specific credit policy for internships for their majors and minors. If you are a student in the School of Business, please email gointern@gmu.edu to discuss this more.

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.

General Internship Search Resources

Here are a few of our recommended job search platforms which students have found effective.
 

Specific Internship/Job Shadowing Opportunities

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. 
 
  • Atlantis: Hospital shadowing experience for pre-med undergraduates. Locations is Spain, Italy, and Portugal for 1-6 weeks. Financial aid opportunities.
  • Doctors in Italy: Shadow doctors in Rome during their day to day rounds and learn through hands-on experiences about the healthcare system there. 1-5 week programs available.
  • Emzingo: Global Impact Fellowships in Peru, South Africa, or Spain allow students to intern on consulting projects with local nonprofit or social enterprises.
  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship: A fully funded, competitive program for students of color. The program is in the spirit of Douglass himself with special emphasis on leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding. The 2021 location for this fellowship was in Dublin, Ireland. 4 week long programs.
  • Global Engagement Institute (GEI): Intern remotely or in person in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, or Vietnam. There are many fields available, including but not limited to Mental Health, Maternal & Newborn Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. Custom placements have fixed start dates but may also be available year-round, with flexible duration (minimum 4 weeks). Email coralie@global-engagement.org for more details.
  • Omprakash: Search their partner network to connect directly with vetted grassroots social impact organizations and apply for their volunteer and internship opportunities.
  • Swiss Embassy: The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship gives funding for research opportunities students secure at Swiss universities.
  • The Intern Group: Intern remotely or in person in 14 global cities. Placements available for all majors and career paths. Rolling admissions and start dates year-round. Programs have a fee which includes housing, 24x7 support, and a variety of career, cultural, technical, and social resources and events. 
  • Think Pacific: Travel and virtual internships in Fiji focused on: sustainable development. Opportunities available with social enterprises, non-profit organizations, and government departments. Partners with the University of the South Pacific, where interns are paired with a local student mentor there.
  • 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.
  • VA Corps: Internship programs in a range of fields in Cape Town. Check out virtual internships opportunities here.

Program Cost

In-State Tuition/Mandatory Student Fees + $60

The cost is the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees for the number of credits requested + $60 International Emergency Medical Insurance. Example: 3 credits is $2000 ($1640 + $60). 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: 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.
  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Visas: 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
  • Personal expenses and cultural excursions
  • Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
  • Passport fees
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
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

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. 
  
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill + Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.  
 
Note:
• You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill + Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your Student Account.
• George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester, your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
 
Financial Aid:
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
 
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
 
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial Aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad, you must:
• Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
 
After acceptance:
•Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer.
 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students.
 
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.

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: November 10th 
Spring: November 10th
Summer: April 10th
Fall: July 26th
Note: Each of these dates are flexible. 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.

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
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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
Spring Break 2022 11/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 11/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Break 2022 11/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/10/2022 ** 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.