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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, PhD Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Applied Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Laboratory Science, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutrition, Ocean and Estuarine Science, Paleontology, Art and Visual Technology, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Rehabilitation Science, Software Engineering, Sport and Computer Game Design, Systems Engineering, Web Design, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Atmospheric Science, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Community Health, Computational and Data Sciences, Computer Engineering, Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Conservation Biology, Conservation, Cyber Security Engineering, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Geology, Health Information Technology, Health Psychology, Applied Computer Science, Human Development and Family Science, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Information Technology, Applied Information Technology, Kinesiology Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Career Fields: Agriculture & Ecology, Architecture/Urban Planning, Chemistry/Biology, Creative Arts & Design, Engineering, Environmentalism & Sustainability, Graphic Design, Healthcare/Medicine/Wellness, IT/Computing, Psychology, Website/App Design & Development
Program Description:

Internships with IAESTE

Various, Summer

IAESTE Internships
 For the most up to date COVID study abroad policies, click here.

Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location?
  • Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.

Paid Global Internship with IAESTE:

Mason Study Abroad partners with Cultural Vistas to place students in a paid two-month (or more) summer internship program abroad. Students work five days per week, living with in an apartment or house in their location. Students gain valuable global work experience and professional skills in various industry fields, while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the local culture in 1 of their more than 80 locations worldwide. Students apply generally to the program and once accepted, will apply to specific job postings in countries posted in January. 

IAESTE (pronounced “eye-ess-tay”), or the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences, is a global organization promoting intercultural exchange between students in STEM fields. Each year, IAESTE provides exceptional paid opportunities for STEM students at U.S. universities to intern with companies across the globe to build their experience and join a global community of STEM and Applied Arts students and professionals.
 
Established in 1948, IAESTE now includes over 80 official member countries that collaborate to provide students in the STEM fields with paid, international internship opportunities. The program was established in the United States in 1950 and is administered by Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions.
 
Why IAESTE: 
 
Opportunity: IAESTE is a unique opportunity for students in the technical fields to combine the cultural immersion of a study abroad program with the professional development of an internship in their field. IAESTE interns receive a salary that covers the cost of living in their host city and gives them the freedom to get the most from their experience.
 
Immersion: In addition to professional experience within their field of study, participants will have an opportunity to gain unique insights into another country’s culture. Local Committees, volunteer groups of local university students in each host city, typically arrange housing accommodation, coordinate arrival and reception, and organize social gatherings that provide participants with a chance to meet other international trainees and local students. 
 
Community: Upon return to the United States, you receive access to the active and vibrant global IAESTE Alumni Network with over 9,000 members of leading STEM professionals. 

Learn more about our Global Partner, Cultural Vistas

Credits

3 or 6 credits

You will take a class online during your internship, in order to receive credits. The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the Summer. For this program, you would receive 3 credits for a minimum of 135 hours worked or 6 credits for a minimum of 270 hours worked. 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.

 

Course Options:

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 (3 or 6 credits) - The INTS 390 course fulfills the Global Understanding Mason Core requirement.
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (3 or 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. These are typically for 6 credits total but some credits could be 3. 
 
  • 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) 
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390: Internship (3 credits) + Spanish (SPAN) 490: Internship in Spanish (3 credits) (Or another language depending on location) 
  
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 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:

Want to know if internships are available in your career field at this location? 
  • Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.
Applicants should be enrolled full-time in a technical field of study (STEM and Applied Arts, including Architecture). 
 
Duration: The internship component involves students working 5 days (40 hours) a week, for a minimum of 6 weeks to maximum of a year. The dates listed below are a suggestion for an 8 week program, but it may vary based on the specific job you apply to later on.  
 
Placements: IAESTE provides professional opportunities for students in the technical fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture). There are also opportunities for students interested in graphic design and business management. The placements include multinational companies, university research centers and labs, and startup companies. Internship placements are English-speaking. Click here to learn more about the wide range of options offered for internships through IAESTE.  IAESTE provides assistance with the work authorization and visa process.
 
*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 by emailing gointern@gmu.edu. 

Eligibility and Nomination Process: Learn more about eligibility and the application and nomination process. Please note that students will first apply through Mason's application before being nominated to our Global Partner for the next round of the application.

 

Program Cost

Summer 2021: $2000 (3 credits), $3253.50 (6 credits)

Summer 2022: Coming soon!

Note: These are the prices for undergraduate students. The 6 credit option may be slightly different based on the in-state tuition amount of each graduate program. Email gointern@gmu.edu to learn more.

Almost all IAESTE internships are paid positions. While pay varies, compensation will be enough to cover housing and cost of living expenses. Pay levels are explicitly provided within all job descriptions posted in January.

Included:
  • Tuition (3 or 6 credits)
  • Internship placement
  • On-site support
  • Optional group activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Housing: The host country IAESTE office will be responsible for assisting you with local accommodations unless otherwise specified in the internship description. In general, students live in either university housing or in a shared apartment with other international interns. You are, however, responsible for accurately communicating your arrival and departure dates with IAESTE United States and your host country. You will also be responsible for making payments for your housing from your stipend. 
  • International airfare
  • Visa Fees: The visa process will vary by IAESTE host country but is required in most countries. IAESTE United States and your IAESTE host country will assist with work authorizations and the visa application process. Ultimately, you will be responsible for obtaining the relevant paperwork, including an in-person visit to the host country’s embassy or consulate in the United States, in certain cases. 
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Passport fees
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.  When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
 

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

Directions for Budget Sheet 
Budget Item: Budget items are costs associated with your program that you need to include in your budgeting as you make plans to participate in this program.

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2022 Deadline: November 10, 2021

 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate students who meet the GPA requirement and the requirements below. Students from all universities are eligible to participate. Graduate students should contact the GoIntern@gmu.edu to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.
  • Enrollment: Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited four-year U.S. university in a full-time Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. program during the application process. Recent graduates are eligible for the program, but are only able to intern in certain countries due to visa regulations.
  • Participants must have attained a GPA of 3.0 or higher and should be between 18 and 35 years of age. Participants must have completed four semesters of university level studies. Some related work experience in a student's desired field is preferred, e.g. previous internships, school projects, publications, part-time positions, volunteering, etc. 
  • Academic Standing: Applicants should have attained junior-level standing or above by the time the internship begins. Sophomores may also apply, but should include some relevant internship or lab experience as part of their application. 
  • Major: Applicants must be enrolled in a technical field of study, including, but not limited to, all engineering fields, computer science, architecture, natural and physical sciences, or agricultural sciences. Applied Arts majors are also welcomed to apply.

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator

IAESTE Specific Requirements: Letter(s) of recommendation (from a professor or supervisor with knowledge of your work in your field of study) and unofficial university transcript

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.

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.

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:

Links and Resources

Travel Links
U.S. Department of State Travel

Mason Links
Mason University Career Services Resources 
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
Summer 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.