Intern abroad in Buenos Aires this summer! Gain valuable international work experience in your academic field while exploring the diverse and historic Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. You can earn six George Mason University credits while interning abroad. Students will live in an Argentine homestay and work during the week in a Spanish-speaking environment, providing a culturally and linguistically immersive experience. All majors are eligible to apply!
Participants intern in a variety of fields, including but not limited to: Communications, International Business, Law, Medicine, Journalism (new opportunities!), Human Rights, Food Services, Zoology, ESL Teaching, or Engineering. GMU partners with Road2Argentina for Internship Placements. For an updated list of available internship positions, please click here!
Students no Spanish language skills or beginner Spanish language skills may choose from business, marketing, or tourism internship placements.
Here is what Jigna Desai, an International Business Intern, had to say about her experience:
"I really think that I was able to get so much out of my time in Buenos Aires due to the program. My apartment was in a secure, central location. Working at Bairexport provided me with great experience in terms of exposure to the Latin American exporting market, and I was able to develop my Business Spanish speaking skills as well."
Dates: June 7-August 2, 2014
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Buenos Aires for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Buenos Aires 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.
Program Fee: $4,965
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Housing - homestay with an Argentine family or shared apartment/dormitory (for an additional fee)
- 2 meals per day (with homestay only)
- Internship placement
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Fluent English/Spanish on-site support
- Optional weekly group social activities
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
Financial aid eligible! Contact CGE for a cost breakdown to bring to financial aid to determine your eligibility!
How to Apply
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 registration and processing fee (https://chnm.gmu.edu/globaled/application.php)
Submit all supplemental materials: 1 passport-size photo,electronic resume (in Spanish), electronic Statement of Motivation (in Spanish), a copy of your passport; and 1 letter of recommendation (in English).
Official transcripts from your home university (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for GMU students) and VA Tuition Form (for Non-Mason students only)
Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to email@example.com.
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 2014 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. 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 into the program. Participant resumes and statements of motivation are forwarded to potential host employers for selection. The placement process can take 2-8 weeks; 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. You will be given a list of potential placements to choose from. Upon acceptance, students are asked to choose three internship options and rank them according to interest.
Q: What language skills are required for the internship?
The internship requires a minimum of upper-intermediate Spanish language ability. Limited internship possibilities available for students with basic to intermediate Spanish language skills.
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. Every participant can earn a full 6 internship credits.
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 30 - 40 hours per week.
Q: Where do I live while in Buenos Aires?
Participants live with a local homestay family where two meals, breakfast and dinner, will be included each day. Students are allowed alternative housing options (shared apartments or dormitories) for an additional fee. Contact CGE for additional information.