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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3, 6 Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Career Fields: Accounting, Advertising, Agriculture & Ecology, Architecture/Urban Planning, Arts/Museums/Galleries, Business, Chemistry/Biology, Communications, Creative Arts & Design, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Education Administration/Business, Engineering, Environmentalism & Sustainability, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing/Merchandising, Film/Video Production & Industry, Finance/Economics, Government/Policy, Graphic Design, Healthcare/Medicine/Wellness, Historical/Archival Research, Hospitality Management/Travel Industry, Human Resources, International Relations, IT/Computing, Journalism, Law/Legal, Marketing, Music/Entertainment Industry, NGO/Nonprofit, Photography, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Services, Sports Industry/Business, Teaching, Theatre Industry, Website/App Design & Development
Program Description:

Virtual Global Internships

Online, Semester

1000x400 Virtual Internships
Online Virtual Global Internship in Various Locations:

Is traveling not an option for you currently? You can still have an international experience! Build your resume, gain cross-cultural skills, and earn academic credit through a virtual global internship. 

You will intern part-time while taking a Mason course online to earn academic credit. While full-time internships may be possible, most are part-time for 12-20 hours per week and taken for 3 credits. To work with the time differences in each location, you will have projects to complete by specific deadlines and might not be online at the same time as your supervisor. You will work out with your supervisor what your asynchronous schedule looks like and what check-ins you will have together/with a team, most likely once a week. This will look different for each organization and based on student availability.

The program cost is the same as in-state tuition and fees for 3 credits. 6 credits may be possible on a case-by-case basis with our partners.

There are 4 different partner options for virtual internships. Click on the green partner links below for more information and examples for each partner. 
 
Partner Organization  Career Fields Available Countries Program Notes
Anglo Educational Services Most fields (strong in History, Arts, Business, Non-Profit) United Kingdom 10 week long program for the Spring. Includes check-in calls. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or above to apply and be in their second year. Discounts available on future Anglo travel programs for students who complete a virtual program.
CRCC Asia Business, Computer Science/IT, Fashion Design, Engineering, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Finance, Health, Sports Management, Hospitality and Tourism, International Development, Law, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Communications, HR Management, Urban Planning China, India, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Vietnam 8 weeks long but 12 weeks may be an option. Includes 3 months of optional language lessons, weekly group discussions or business webinars, internship coaching, and access to their online global internship curriculum. Discounts available on future CRCC Asia travel programs for students who complete a virtual program. 
Global Experiences Accounting, Business, Marketing, Finance, Graphic Design, IT/Computing, Journalism, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

 
Australia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom 8 week long program for the Spring. Includes professional coaching with resume and cover letter support, advising check-ins, and Clifton Strengths Online Talent Assessment. Focus on best career field fit more than location preference.
World Endeavors Arts and Design, Business, Communications, Education & Teaching, Engineering, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Health & Life Sciences, Management, Media, Policy & Government, Social Services, Technology, Tourism & Hospitality  Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Morocco, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Thailand Typically 8 weeks but 10 or 12 weeks may be possible. Flexible start dates, durations and weekly hourly commitments from 10 to 30 hours per week. Placements are customized based on each intern's specific interests and goals, and focus on developing career-readiness and professional competencies. In addition to a resume clinic, interview coaching, and the CliftonStrengths Online Talent Assessment. Opportunities to engage with the local culture through various activities and tours online. Includes education/tutoring opportunities in Morocco location and possibly others.
Each of these internship partners also host in-person Summer internships, if you are interested in traveling to with this partner in the future.
 

Credits
 

3 credits (6 may be possible on a case-by-case basis)
 

The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the semester. 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.

All virtual internships posted are typically for 3 credits and you must complete 45 hours of work per credit. However, some companies/organizations may be comfortable with shorter or longer internships. Email gointern@gmu.edu if you are interested in a  6 credit option instead, and our staff can share possibilities for that location and your field.
 
  • 3 credits: 135 hours minimum. This is possible for all internships listed. This comes out to 11+ hours/week if the internship spans 12 weeks but more hours/week for shorter internships. It may also be possible to condense the internship which will mean more hours per week. 
  • 6 credits: 270 hours. May be possible for some internships listed. 

In order to receive academic credit, you are required to take a corresponding Mason course online during the internship. Course options are listed below. 
 

Course Options

Undergraduate:
  • Default Credits for all Virtual Internships:
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (3 credits) - The INTS 390 course fulfills the Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
    • Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370- Internship Field Experience (3 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, 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 which excludes internships that are not offered in the School of Business from a student’s degree. Students with a major in the School of Business have the following options:
 
  1. Enroll in a School of Business internship course (this requires you to meet their qualifications). You will be responsible for the tuition for that course and the GEO Internship program fee.
OR
  1. Earn INTS 390 or CONF 370 credit but the credits will not apply to your Business degree. You will fulfill your Global Understanding Mason Core requirement. You will be responsible only for the GEO Internship program fee. 
OR
  1. Earn internship course credits towards your minor. The GEO internship credits will apply to electives in the minor. Consult with your minor department to discuss if they will count prior to participation.
Either way, you are encouraged to talk to your academic advisor about this now to make the most informed decision for you. 

Internship Placements:

Students will fill out this survey as part of their application process to indicate their interest in career fields, location, specific partners, languages, and other factors. The GEO Program Administrator will then discuss specific options with that applicant based on their completion of this survey.

The internship component involves students working part-time at an international organization or company. Once accepted by GEO, students will work closely with one of our partner organization's placement officers to identify areas of interest, and to secure an internship. After being accepted by our partners, students are guaranteed an internship in one of the 2-3 fields the partner will ask them to rank. For virtual internships, a student and the company supervisor will determine together the timing of the internship, especially considering time differences and class schedules. Students will likely have an independent project or task to complete during their available time, to account for time differences, and the nature of virtual work. However, they would have scheduled meetings with their supervisor about once a week, in addition to receiving email guidance throughout the week. This may differ slightly based on the company, the type of work, and the student's availability.

Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to their GEO Program Administrator. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience. 

To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here
 

Program Cost 

Spring 2022: Equivalent of In-State Tuition + Mandatory Student Fees

Included
  • Tuition (3 credits for all locations, 6 credit possible for some):
    • 3 credits for undergraduates is currently $1640
  • Internship placement
  • Professional development programs and networking opportunities by the internship placement partner
Not Included
  • Computer and Wi-Fi for internship. Contact gointern@gmu.edu if you have any concerns with your current computer/Wi-Fi availability and we can discuss this further.

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
 
Application Deposit: A $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
 
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill + Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.  The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 Application Deposit you will have already paid.
 
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

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2022 Applications Open: September 2021
Deadline for Spring 2022: November 10, 2021


Eligibility and Timeline:

This program is open to all undergraduate students and graduate students. Students should also meet the following requirements:
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • Are able to complete tasks remotely while meeting the partner’s deadlines
 

Application Requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator. You can schedule a Zoom appointment here before or during your application. 

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.

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.

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:

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
Spring (Online) 2022 11/10/2021 ** 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.