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  • Locations: Suva, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Internship Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Accounting, Applied Science, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Minor in Business, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Laboratory Science, Middle East Studies, Mild Disabilities, Multimedia, Arabic, Music and Well-Being, Music, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Neuroscience, Nonprofit Studies, Nursing, Nutrition, Ocean and Estuarine Science, Paleontology, Philosophy and Law, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Philosophy, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy and Management, Recreation Management, Rehabilitation Science, Religious Studies, Art History, Russian, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Senior Housing Administration, Severe Disabilities, Social Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, Sport and American Culture, Arts and Social Change, Sport and Computer Game Design, Sport Communication, Sport Management, Statistics, Sustainability Studies, Sustainable Enterprise, Systems Engineering, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theater, Tourism, Arts Management, Urban and Suburban Studies, Visual Impairment and Blindness, Web Design, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Honors, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Korean, Business, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies, Climate Dynamics, Assistive Technology, Astronomy, Athletic Training, African and African American Studies, Atmospheric Science, Audio Production, Aviation Flight Training and Management, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Chinese, Aging Studies, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Classical Studies, Coaching, Communication, Community Health, Computational and Data Sciences, Computer Engineering, Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, American Government, Consciousness and Transformation, Conservation Biology, Conservation, Creative Writing, Criminology Law and Society, Cyber Security Engineering, Dance, Data Analysis, Earth Science, Economic Systems Design, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, Economics, Education Studies, Electrical Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Ethnomusicology, Film and Video Studies, Anthropology, Finance, Folklore and Mythology, Foreign Languages, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, French, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, German, Applied Behavior Analysis, Global Affairs, Global Systems, Graphic Design, Health Administration, Health and Social Policy, Health Communication, Health Information Technology, Health Promotion, Health Psychology, History, Applied Computer Science, Human Development and Family Science, Immigration Studies, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Information Systems and Operations Management, Information Technology, Integrative Studies, International Security, International/Comparative Studies, Islamic Studies, Applied Information Technology, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jazz Studies, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Latin, Leadership, Legal Studies
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Career Fields: Business, Chemistry/Biology, Environmentalism & Sustainability, Finance/Economics, Healthcare/Medicine/Wellness, International Relations, NGO/Nonprofit, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Services
Program Description:

Social Impact Internships in Fiji

Fiji, Summer

Fiji Internships

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Global Internships in Fiji: 

The Global Education Office partners with Project Everest Ventures to place students in an unpaid 4 or 8 week summer internship program in Fiji. Students participate in a pre-departure training session in a central location in the US before departing. All internships are available for the 4 or 8 week options. For the 8 week option, students will be enabled to take on more of a leadership role in the project development in the last few weeks.


On an internship with Project Everest Ventures, students will join a multidisciplinary team of other young social entrepreneurs to develop a locally-based social business solution. These possibly include:

  • Sustainable Cookstoves: Addressing air pollution for health using clean cookstoves.
  • Social Consulting: Bridging the gap between small to medium businesses in developing countries and loan providers.
  • Ophthalmology & Optical: 4ize manufacturers flat pack prescription spectacles at minimal cost, able to be prescribed by anyone who has undergone a simple 30 minute training process, increasing access and affordability to ophthalmology.
There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning through local community engagement and invaluable personal and professional development, which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, adding an overseas element to their degree, immersing themselves amongst the rich culture and environment of Malawi, and create social impact for real communities that need it most. During both the 4 week and 8 week programs, Project Everest and its risk and safety partner organization offer student support services in-country, such as an in-depth cultural orientation, hands on entrepreneurial experience, 24/7 staff support, community engagement activities, a range of workshops and soft skill training, and more. Throughout the internship, students will receive support from in-country and offshore staff. Students who choose this internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including working as part of a team on social impact programs.

Why Fiji:
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands and is known as one of the most picturesque places in the world. Known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, this country is a widely visited tourist destination. According to BorgenProject.org, though, 45% of Fiji's population lives below the poverty line and there is a large income gap between the rich and the poor. There are many grassroots organizations addressing these local issues and looking for sustainable, community-driven solutions. Fiji is a beautiful country in so many ways and students have the opportunity to learn about these efforts and contribute to existing community programs through a Summer internship experience.

Learn more about our Global Partner, Project Everest.
 

Credits

3 - 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 the 1 month program or 6 credits for the 2 month program. 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.
 
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:

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  • Search for opportunities and examples in the Browse by Career field section here.
  • View our overall Career Field Matrix PDF here.
Mason internship study abroad programs are destination-specific programs. There are 4 and 8 week options available. Interns undertaking an internship with Project Everest Ventures will join a multidisciplinary team aimed at developing a social business solution alongside a local community. Each project works on creating a long term, community driven solution, and students can have a lasting impact on the programs in the following areas:
 
  • Sustainable Cookstoves: Addressing air pollution for health using clean cookstoves.
  • Social Consulting: Bridging the gap between small to medium businesses in developing countries and loan providers.
  • Ophthalmology & Optical: 4ize manufacturers flat pack prescription spectacles at minimal cost, able to be prescribed by anyone who has undergone a simple 30 minute training process, increasing access and affordability to ophthalmology.

The student’s internship placement relative to their area of study defines their global work experience, and determines the internship course credit the student will receive.












 

Program Cost

Summer 2021: Summer 2021: $4750 (4 weeks), $6990 (8 weeks)

Included:
  • Tuition (3 credits for 4 weeks, 6 credits for 8 weeks)
  • Housing during orientation and internship dates, including utilities: Students working with Project Everest will be living in a “project house”. This will typically house 2-3 teams with the staff and is a great living environment for building strong relationships and blending work with lifestyle. Students will be in rooms of 2-8 with other students, including non-Mason students. Students will have access to kitchens, bathrooms and a work space. There will likely be cold showers - but that is part of the experience!
  • Breakfast and dinner on program days
  • Clean drinking water
  • In-depth Fiji cultural orientation training
  • In-country training workshops
  • Cultural engagement activities and events
  • Internship placement
  • Fluent English-speaking leaders and in-country support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation: a flight subsidy (up to $200) to a central US location, housing, food and cultural activities
  • Embassy website for information about visa regulations.   
  • 24/7 in-country medical and security support and access to International SOS
  • Dedicated and trained Team and Senior Leaders
  • Project Everest polo shirt and notebook
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance
Not Included:
  • Lunch on project days and all weekend meals
  • Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
  • International airfare
  • Cell data for personal use
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal travel, activity and weekend expenses

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 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 Feb. 23, 2021. 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 total 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.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Directions for Budget Sheet 
Scroll to the top of this page and look for the Budget Sheets: Summer link under Locations and Program Terms. Click on this to see the estimated costs. Here are details for each cost category:
 
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.    
 

Scholarships

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

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2021 programs open: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: February 10, 2021
 
Rolling Admissions! Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served. Receive an application update within two weeks after completing. 
 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who:
  • Are 20 years old or older by the start date of the program
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • Able to complete an intensive internship program
  • Can pass a background check
Graduate students should contact the GoIntern@gmu.edu to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.


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.

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.
 

Application instructions:

Program Links

Project Everest Ventures Website
Fiji Program Video - Youtube
Budget Sheet

Travel Links
U.S. Passports & International Travel - Fiji
U.S. Department of State Fiji Country Fact Sheet


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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.