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Paid Global Internship with IAESTE:
- Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
- View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.
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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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
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.
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:
- 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.
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).
: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Summer 2021: $2000 (3 credits), $3253.50 (6 credits).
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 email@example.com 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.
- Tuition (3 or 6 credits)
- Internship placement
- On-site support
- Optional group activities
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- 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
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 deposit and final balance payments. The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.
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 Nov. 24, 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 “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by May 1, 2021. 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 may only be eligible for financial aid if they take 6 Mason credits or more for the Summer term. Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must 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. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer 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:
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. These budget items fall into two categories, Billable and Non-Billable.
Billable subtotal: Items in the Billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Billable subtotal. Billable Budget Items are costs which you will receive a bill for from George Mason. These costs are fixed (not estimated) and paid through either MasonAbroad or your Mason student account.
Non-billable subtotal: Like the billable category, items in the Non-billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Non-billable subtotal. Items in the Non-billable category are necessary costs that are associated with the program, such as airfare to get you to your location, on location housing and food costs, etc. These costs are estimates. We include estimates so that you can quickly assess a typical total cost for a program, however these are costs that the student is responsible for.
GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Summer 2021 programs open: August 1, 2020
Deadline: November 10, 2020
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.
- 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. Graduating seniors and recent graduates (start date of internship must be within one-year of graduation) are only eligible for work authorization in certain countries, and are encouraged to speak with the program team before submitting an 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.
- Age: Applicants are typically between the ages of 19 and 30, but non-traditional students are encouraged to speak to the program team about eligibility.
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator
IASTE 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.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, 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.
Links and Resources
U.S. Department of State Travel
Mason University Career Services Resources
Mason Career and Internship Guide
Mason University Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Review Services