It is recommended to complete at least one internship before you graduate in order to prepare yourself for the professional world. Internships can be part-time or full-time, during the semester or summer, and provide knowledge and hands-on experience in a particular career field or organization.
In addition,each fall and spring semester, our Career Fair hosts over 200 employers offering jobs and internships for Mason students. Smaller industry-specific fairs are also held throughout the year. Be sure to check the employer participant lists for each fair.
Looking outside of the area? Try Career Shift. This tool searches every career site and job board!
Speak with your academic advisor and check the course catalog to see if you can get academic credit for your internship experience within your major.
You should pursue internship opportunities as early as freshman year! Over 1,000 positions posted in HireMason each year are only for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
Look for paid opportunities. 60% of positions posted in HireMason are paid and the average national hourly wage for bachelor's degree-level interns is $17.20. Do a local internship during the fall or spring when your housing is already covered. Also, speak with an academic advisor about receiving credit toward your degree or major requirements for doing an internship which will free up time to continue your paid job while interning.
Prioritize completing an internship over other activities for at least one semester or summer. Internships can be part-time or full-time. You may also speak to an academic advisor about receiving credit for an internship and fitting it into your course load.
Instead of applying to advertised internships, proactively contact organizations about doing an internship with them as they may be more willing to accommodate your class or work schedule if you are essentially volunteering a few hours of your time to assist them with a project. Job shadowing or interning for a day through the Take a Patriot to Work program are other options.
Finding your first internship can be a challenge! The Patriot Pipeline Internship Program helps you find and succeed in your first internship.
Patriot Pipeline Summer Internship Program
- Access to employers committed to creating a positive learning environment
- FREE registration to the Mason Career Readiness Conference
- Feedback about your performance in the internship
- Coaching on how to make the most of your internship experience
- Option to apply for internship credit through the School of Integrative studies
- Access to summer lunch and learn professional development series
- Opportunity to enhance your online brand by being interviewed about your internship and featured on the University Career Services web site
- Access to exclusive networking opportunities at the completion of your internship
- Search for positions in HireMason using the keywords "Patriot Pipeline."
- Apply to position.
Students who receive an internship with a Patriot Pipeline employer agree to:
- Attend the Mason Career Readiness Conference on May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sign the George Mason University Consent and Release Agreement in University Career Services (SUB I, Room 3400) before the start of their internship
- Complete a self-evaluation of their performance and meet with their supervisor to discuss the evaluation before the internship is over.
- Complete a brief exit survey about their experience in the internship.
Monday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you have an internship lined up for this summer? Congrats! Now make sure you are prepared for it by attending the Mason Career Readiness Conference.
At the conference, you will learn about the seven skills needed to be successful in your internship. There will be panel discussions, workshops, industry roundtables, and technical demonstrations so that you can learn how to impress your employer and get the most out of your internship.
The cost is $10. A schedule of the conference events and registration will be available in April.
What is experiential learning?
An umbrella term to include hands-on learning outside of the classroom that enhances your academic experience. The experience can vary in length but is designed to be a specific period of time and have learning outcomes.
These opportunities help you to clarify your career goals, gain valuable experience and skills to become a stronger candidate when applying for full-time jobs and graduate school, and expand your network.
Receive transcript recognition for a paid co-op, internship, Pathways position, or federal volunteer internship which is not for academic course credit. Certain requirements apply.
Spend a day with a professional in a job or company that interests you. Some organizations offer a formal externship program varying in length, usually one to three days. You can also connect with someone in the company to set up a job shadow on your own or participate in Take a Patriot to Work held each fall and spring semester.
Community-based learning includes volunteer service, community based research, and any other avenues of applying course-related skills to assist local (and sometimes global) service organizations. You can also receive course credit for community based learning.
Solidify your academic and career interests by gaining research experience alongside faculty members. Research opportunities are particularly recommended if you are considering graduate school.
Semester or summer-long study abroad experiences provide the unique opportunity for cultural immersion and language acquisition during an extended stay in a foreign country.
Offset the cost of an unpaid internship with these scholarships!
To apply, log in to HireMason, search for "Parents Fund Scholarship" (ID #139076), and complete the application form by following the directions provided. Include with your application, a verification letter from your employer and a 250 word essay about how the internship will help you develop the skills employers are seeking and how the internship relates to your career goals.
Applicants must meet these criteria:
- Enrolled in an internship course for summer or fall 2017
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
- Secured an unpaid internship summer or fall 2017
Applicants must meet these criteria:
- Currently enrolled, degree-seeking student continuing at Mason in fall 2017
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
- Secured an unpaid internship for summer or fall 2017
The deadline to apply is April 14, 2017. Students can receive up to $5,700 in scholarship money, which will first be applied to any outstanding balance on one's Mason student account. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2017.