Still Accepting Online Applications.
Supplemental application materials must follow online application within 1 week.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Undergraduate: Earn a total of 6 credits: 3 course credits and 3 internship credits.
British Life & Culture course (3 credits) Seeking approval for credits in HIST 398, ANTH 398, and GLOA 480
Internship Course (3 Credits):
Previous program participants earned internship credits for the following courses:
NCLC 490, GLOA 495, GOVT 480, ENGL 498, HIST 399, CONF 385, ECON 498, and More! You may be able to earn internship credits in your major. Contact Greg Seiler to discuss your options for internship credit or speak to your academic advisor.
Shared flats with other program participants in London in Zones 1 or 2
CONTACT: Gregory Seiler via email or by calling 703.993.2641 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
The faculty director for this program is professor Suzanne Scott.
The British Museum (pictured above) is where many CGE students have been placed on internships.
Meet Lindsay: Internship Placement at Bell Pottinger [PDF]
Every summer, The Center for Global Education in partnership with Anglo American Educational Services offers students of all majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels the unique opportunity to participate in a professional academic internship in London. Students are placed in unpaid professional internships for academic credit. Anglo American places applicants based on their course work, skills, and personal interests.
Click here to see a list of past placements.
London Internship Orientation: April 5 at 11am
General Study Abroad Summer Orientation: May 4 at 12:30pm
Students intern three days per week, gaining valuable practical experience. Students are evaluated according to their performance at the internships and are also required to complete reflective and research assignments as part of their coursework.
Internships are complemented with a class, British Life and Culture, taught by local faculty. The class is a 3-credit course and is taught both in the classroom and out in the city, traveling to historical sites, museums, and popular establishments which demonstrate the rich history and culture of London.
All students are eligible for career counseling, resume writing tips, and internship search strategies from Mason's University Career Services, located in SUB 1, Room 348.
Dates: June 4 - July 30, 2013
You should plan to leave the United States one day prior to the program start date to arrive in London for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from London 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.
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Tuition (6 credits)
- Housing - shared flats in London with other internship program participants
- Hop On/Hop Off pass for welcome orientation city tour
- Travel cards for the London Underground and London bus system for use throughout the program
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
NOT included: International airfare, meals, UK visa costs for tier 4 student visa, and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
Financial aid eligible! Contact CGE for a cost breakdown to bring to financial aid to determine your eligibility!
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
Q: What do I need to apply?
- Online application and application fee (https://chnm.gmu.edu/globaled/application.php)
Submit all supplemental materials: 1 passport-size photo (keep two additional photos for your UK visa), electronic resume, electronic cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation (academic or personal), and a copy of your passport.
Official transcripts from your home university (unofficial transcripts via patriotweb are acceptable for GMU students) and VA Tuition Form (for non-GMU students only)
Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2013 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 chance for acceptance. Early applications are encouraged.
Q: If I don’t attend George Mason University, can I still apply?
Absolutely. Many program participants attended universities in Virginia and across the United States. Recent graduates and graduate students are also encouraged to apply.
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: 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. If you fit the department’s requirements to earn credit, the 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?
Yes, you’ll be required to apply for your visa and the cost is not included in the Program Fee. CGE will provide guidance with the visa process in partnership with the partner organization, Anglo American Educational Services. Participants should read about the cost and process of applying for a Tier 4 UK Visa.
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, 3 days a week.
Q: Where do I live while in London?
Participant housing is in student houses or apartments in central London in Travel Zone 2. Students share accommodations with other program participants and have one or two roommates. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge area with TV, and wireless internet access. Accommodations include the following services: bed linens with weekly changing service(no towels), all utilities (gas, electricity, and water), apartment cleaning once a week, and full-maintenance coverage with emergency call-out service 24 hours a day.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.