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  • Locations: Online, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall (Online), Spring (Online)
  • Budget Sheets: Online
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3, 6 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Program Description:

Virtual Global Internships

Online, Semester

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

Are you unsure of traveling this Fall or unable to due to existing commitments? Even though you can’t travel, you can still have an international experience! Build your resume, gain cross-cultural skills, and earn academic credit through a virtual global internship. Since many companies are not hiring for in-person jobs/internships in the US or abroad, this is a unique opportunity to gain international experience!

You will intern part-time remotely while taking a Mason course online to earn academic credit. For 3 credits, this will likely be around 12-15 hours per week. 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. 

Currently, internships are available in 20+ locations within the fields listed. The focus should be more on your career field instead of location specific. For more information on these internship opportunities in your field and our partners, email gointern@gmu.edu.

Possible career fields include but are not limited to: Accounting, Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations, Agriculture/Ecology, Architecture/Urban Planning, Arts/Museums/Galleries, Business Chemistry/Biology, Communications, Creative Arts & Design, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Education Administration, Engineering, Environmentalism & Sustainability, Fashion Marketing/Merchandising, Fashion Design, 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, Music/Entertainment Industry, NGO/Nonprofit, Photography, Psychology, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Services, Sports Industry/Business, Teaching, Theatre Industry, Website/App Design & Development

 
Partner Organization Career Fields Available Countries Program Notes
Anglo Educational Services Most fields United Kingdom 10 week long program. 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 Most fields China, Japan, South Korea and more  12 week long program. 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 Most fields Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and more 8 week long program. Includes professional coaching with resume and cover letter support, advising check-ins, and CliftonStrengths Online Talent Assessment.
Project Everest social impact consulting, social entrepreneurship, business, finance, economics, environmentalism
and sustainability, public health, computer science, project management, engineering
Fiji, India, Malawi, Timor-Leste This is an intensive virtual program from November 2-27 with project work for about 30-35 hours/week. Students complete social impact consulting internships in teams, working on a real problem statement pulled from Impact Partners, aspiring BCorps or a newly founded technology based business. Participants will have unprecedented access to an industry network and Project Everest's overseas staff and communities. Students will also attend multiple training workshops, and pitch their final project idea to address a community need. Students can earn a Social Impact Consulting certificate in the process and the team with the best pitch goes into the running to win a group mentorship session with industry, and $1,000 credit towards a Global Impact Program with Project Everest. This default credit is INTS 399.
Road2Argentina Most fields Argentina 12 week long program but flexible. Includes weekly coaching, professional networking and cultural events, and resume and interview advising.
World Endeavors Most fields Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom 12 week long program. Includes check-in calls, resume and interview advising, CliftonStrengths Online Talent Assessment, Certificate, company reference and LinkedIn recommendation.
Each of these internship partners also host in-person Summer internships, if you are interested in traveling to this country to work in Summer 2021. Applications for this open August 1. We will also open Spring virtual internship applications in August.

Credits

3 credits
 

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 1, 2, or 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. 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 except Project Everest:
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (3 credits)
    • Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370- Internship Field Experience (3 credits)
  • Default Credit for Project Everest Virtual Internships
    • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399 - Study Abroad (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.  

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. 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 

Fall 2020: Equivalent of In-State Tuition + Mandatory Student Fees

Included
  • Tuition (3 credits for all locations, 6 credit possible for some)
  • 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

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 19, 2020. 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, 2020. 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 "Confirmation of Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Confirmation of Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you are accepted into the program in early July. If you are using VA Benefits please contact gointern@gmu.edu 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

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2020 programs open: May 28, 2020 
Priority Deadline: July 1, 2020 but extended to July 7th 
 


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

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will receive an application update within two weeks after completion. 
 
 

Application Requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator

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.
 

Application instructions:

Program Links

Travel and Visa Links

Mason Links

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
Fall (Online) 2020 07/07/2020 ** 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.