Center for Global Education Debuts New China Internship

Posted: June 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

This fall, George Mason’s Center for Global Education (CGE) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) will debut a new 15-week program, its first in East Asia, that offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in professional academic internships in China’s capital, Beijing.

The new program, which provides resident academic credit, will be offered in the fall and spring semesters; an eight-week summer program is also in the works.

Participating students will be placed in an internship in fields ranging from business to the arts, politics and history based on their course work, skills and professional and personal interests.

They will also have the opportunity to take cultural excursions to Chinese landmarks such as the Great Wall, Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Ming Dynastic Tombs, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace.

“We are really excited to be offering this new internship opportunity in Beijing,” says Mark Flanigan, outgoing CGE International Internships Program officer. “This dovetails nicely with Mason’s expanding focus on developing new linkages with China, such as the 1-2-1 Program.”

To complement their internship experience, participants will take a class in Chinese life and culture at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and will complete reflective and research assignments from both their Chinese professor and Mason program faculty director. Students will also have the opportunity to undergo Mandarin Chinese language training.

To participate in the new program, undergraduates must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and have completed at least 45 credits. Graduate students are required to have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Mason and non-Mason students as well as international students are eligible to participate in the program, although international students should consult with CGE before applying. All students must show proof of medical insurance coverage for overseas travel.

Interested students must apply by Aug. 1, although CGE strongly urges students to apply earlier.

The program fee has not yet been set, but it will include housing, tuition, internship placement, international roundtrip airfare to and from Beijing, some meals, orientation and guidebooks and international student ID cards. Financial aid may apply; students should consult with CGE.

For more information on the new China internship program, visit the web site. For questions about applying, contact Misty Hensley-McGaffey, CGE’s new International Internships Program officer, at 703-993-2106 or

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