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.
||Career Fields Available
|Anglo Educational Services
||Most fields (strong in History, Arts, Business, Non-Profit)
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
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 email@example.com 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022: Equivalent of In-State Tuition + Mandatory Student Fees
- Tuition (3 credits for all locations, 6 credit possible for some):
- 3 credits for undergraduates is currently $1626.75
- Internship placement
- Professional development programs and networking opportunities by the internship placement partner
- Computer and Wi-Fi for internship. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns with your current computer/Wi-Fi availability and we can discuss this further.
The cost for the virtual internship is the same as in-state tuition + fees but this tuition is paid a little differently – it goes directly to GEO. This is because GEO needs to pay the partner for the internship. This means that you will always see a separate tuition charge for this course. The cost will not be included with other courses that you enroll in for the Semester.
For example, an in-state student could enroll in 12 credits + the virtual internship and would will see a tuition charge for 12 credits (either in-state or out of state) + 3 credits virtual internship ($1,626.75 of in-state tuition for all students) = for 15 credits for the semester. The same could be done for 12 credits total for the semester (9 credits of other courses + 3-credit virtual internship).
You will always see an extra tuition charge for the virtual internship. If you are taking 12 credits, even though up to 15 credits is allowed for the tuition you are paying, this course will be billed separately. If you are taking 15 credits, again, you will see an extra charge for this course, but you will not be charged any additional fees for going over the 15-credit limit. In fact, this is a good way to take an extra class for a great price – and some students do this as a way to ‘get ahead’ in their studies.
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 first payment 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 July 12 (for Fall programs). 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 “Confirmation of Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by August 10 (for Fall programs). 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) should 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. Then, they will submit the "Confirmation of Financial Aid" form by the Final Payment deadline. This Confirmation form will become available in the MasonAbroad application system once you are accepted into the program . If you are using VA Benefits please contact email@example.com 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:
Fall 2021 Applications Open: April 1, 2021
Deadline for Fall 2021: June 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Applications Open: August 10, 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
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.
Confirmation of Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid to cover the first payment, 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.