Morocco

The Center for Global Education offers students of all majors the unique opportunity to participate in a professional academic internship in and around Rabat, Morocco.

Students are placed in unpaid internships in and around Rabat, Morocco for academic credit. All participants earn 6 credits from George Mason University and are guaranteed an internship placement.

Full-time work at various NGO's in and around Rabat.

Examples of internship host organizations:

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/
Environnemental workshops

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 

CSM

Community work 

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 

morocco

Dates: June 1 - July 30, 2014

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.

Program Fee: $4,495

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • 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

Financial aid eligible! Contact CGE for a cost breakdown to bring to financial aid to determine your eligibility!

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions. Start by completing the online application. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($300 for non-Mason).

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.

FAQs

Q: What do I need to apply?

Online application and registration and processing fee

Submit all supplemental materials: 1 passport-size photo,electronic resume, electronic cover letter, and a copy of your passport

Materials can be sent to the CGE office or emailed to gseiler2@gmu.edu.

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.

Tips

  • 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. 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.

*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.