June 1 - July 31, 2016 (precise dates to be confirmed)
Mason Study Abroad offers students the unique opportunity to earn 6 Mason resident credits while gaining valuable global work experience in Rabat, Morocco in a variety of professional fields.
Earn 6 internship or experiential learning credits. (Mason resident credit). The default internship study abroad credit is NCLC 490.
Students should meet with the program officer to explore course credit options prior to applying to the program.
A minimum of 45 credit hours completed by the start of Summer 2013 and a 2.5 minimum GPA are required for acceptance.
Homestays with host families in Rabat and surrounding villages.
Examples of Internship Host Organizations from Past Placements
|Organization Name||Area of Activity|
|ACDM||Community work (environment protection, constructing, and other areas)|
|Complex Socio-Educatif||Child care program for challenged kids|
|Anti Drug Campaign||Drug prevention in schools|
|CQPAT (Centre de Qualification Professionnel des Art Traditionels)||Promoting Moroccan arts|
|Association Marocaine pour le Development Locale||Women empowerment/
|L'AMEJ (Association Marocaine pour l'éducation de la Jeunesse)||Community work/Cultural workshop with young Moroccans and teenagers|
|AMANE (Association Meilleur Avenir pour Nos Enfants)||Child protection|
|Fondation Orient-Occident||Cultural and economic workshops with Sub-Saharian migrants|
|France Volontaires||Promoting international volunteering around the world|
|Association al jamour||Child care programs in the field of health and education|
|Association de la Parité et de Solidarité pour le Développement||Youth and women protection|
|Association Jiwar Education et Développement||Preventing school failure|
|Association SAFA pour l'intégration de la Femme et des Enfants aux Besoins Spécifiques||Promotion of challenged women and children - integration to society and economy|
|Espace Associatif||Promotion of social, economical, cultural, educational, and environmental rights|
|FORUM ALGHAD pour la Démocratie et la Citoyenneté et le Développement||Youth protection|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to apply?
Online application and registration and processing fee
Submit all supplemental materials: 1 photo, resume, cover letter, copy of your passport, and a faculty letter of recommendation
Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is this a paid internship?
No. While this program is a terrific global work experience opportunity, it is not a paid internship.
Q: What should my cover letter look like and to whom should it be addressed?
The cover letter should be thought of as a "statement of motivation" rather than a typical cover letter. This document should give CGE, our partner organization working on the internship placement, and potential employers an idea of who you are as a student, a young professional and an individual.
- Address the cover letter to "Dear Sir or Madam"
- Discuss your reasons for participation in the internship program
- Discuss your academic background and relevant professional experience
- Discuss the type of work placement you may be interested in
- Discuss your career ambitions
- Discuss why this internship location interests you
- Do NOT discuss what experience you are lacking. Instead, discuss how this experience will benefit you as a young professional.
Q: What are the requirements for acceptance?
A minimum of 45 credit hours completed by the start of Summer 2016 and a 2.5 minimum GPA are required for acceptance.
Q: What are my chances of being accepted to the program?
As long as students meet the minimum qualifications, they have a very good change for acceptance. There is no cap on the number of accepted students.
Q: If I don’t attend George Mason University, can I still apply?
Absolutely. Participants from universities around the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. All participants earn credit from George Mason University.
Q: What is the process for being placed in an internship?
Program participants are placed in an internship after acceptance to the program. Participant resumes and cover letters are forwarded to potential host employers for selection. The placement process can take weeks to months; however, every participant is guaranteed an internship.
Q: Do I get to choose the company and placement?
You are placed in an internship based on your academic background, personal interests, and professional experience; however, you cannot choose the exact company. A placement is guaranteed and your background is used to place you in the position. All efforts are made to place you in a position most related to your field.
Q: What language skills are required for the internship?
The internship requires only English language skills, although other language skills can be helpful. A background in French or Arabic will help with communication in the homestay or the workplace.
Q: How can I earn internship credits in my major?
To earn internship credits in your major, you must first speak with your department’s internship coordinator or CGE. If you fit the department’s requirements to earn credit, CGE will work with you to obtain your preferred credit. If you are not eligible to earn credit in your major, you can still earn the same amount of credits with the program’s default credit options.
Q: Do I need a visa?
American participants do not need a visa and will enter Morocco as a tourist.
Q: What are the working hours?
Working hours vary depending on the workplace. Just as with any job, the field and specific sites have different requirements. You should expect to work full-time, 5 days a week.
Q: Where do I live while in Morocco?
The program is centered in and around Rabat. Many internship and homestay locations will be in villages around Rabat. The program is centered in and around Rabat. Many internship and homestay locations will be in villages around Rabat.
Q: Does a faculty member from GMU travel to Morocco?
A professor does not travel with the internship group. Our partner university, ILCS, acts as the program contact and support for our students. Participants are in regular communication with a GMU faculty member throughout the program.
|Program Fee||@$4,695 (based on summer 2015 fee; 2016 fee to be announced)|
|Registration and Processing Fee||Mason||non-Mason|
- Housing - homestay with a Moroccan family
- Meals - daily breakfast and dinner
- Orientation in Morocco
- Internship placement
- Airport pick up and drop off
- On-site staff support
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
The Program Fee does not include international airfare, personal expenses, and lunch meals.
Scholarships are available to George Mason students through outside resources.
Mason students may also use financial aid to cover program costs. Students should also visit the FAFSA Student Aid web site. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
Please make sure you check with your Mason Study Abroad Program Officer first to find out which forms you need for your particular program.
|Checklist||Morocco Internship Application and Timeline Checklist [PDF]|
|Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form**||Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form 1014 [PDF]|
*Petition for Transfer of Credit Form: Make sure that you meet with a Mason Study Abroad Program Officer to discuss.
**Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form: If you are a not a George Mason University student, you must fill out the Non-Degree Contract Course Enrollment / Admission Form and Application for In-State Tuition Rates forms whether you live in Virginia or not. If you are a permanent resident of Virginia, please fill out the entire Application for In-State Tuition Rates form. If you do not live in Virginia, fill out the top portion only of the first page, sign the top of the second page, and write "Not Applicable" on the rest of the form.
Mary Getsey Bernier
Suzanne Scott Constantine
The academic director for this program is Associate Professor Suzanne Scott Constantine.
How to Apply
|STEP 1 Application||Complete the online application.|
|STEP 2 Pay the Registration and Processing Fee||Mason||non-Mason|
* All supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact your Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Rabat for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Rabat for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
Mason Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances