Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Science and Technology (formerly Prince William), Fairfax Campuses and Potomac Science Center of George Mason University located?
Is housing available for summer interns?
We may be able to arrange affordable dorm housing for students 18 and older; students must pay for their housing. We are unable to provide housing for minors. All students are responsible for their own transportation but may use the free Mason shuttle service which has some routes around the area and between Manassas and Fairfax Campuses and the Vienna Metro.
My student cannot be present for a week, month, etc of the session/needs to start late/ end early/miss orientation/go visit relatives for a week/ miss the poster session-can they still participate?
Full participation in the entire program is necessary.
My student is not a US Citizen nor a permanent resident. May I still apply?
Yes, but a few research labs may be unavailable for non-US citizens. We do not serve as sponsors for Visas for international students.
How and when are candidates selected?
Applications are reviewed by participating mentors during the last part of February. Candidates are scheduled for interviews to be conducted in March. Students are notified of mentors who select them as interns by early April. Students are expected to accept offers by mid-April. Although all applications are reviewed by mentors, it is not likely that every applicant will be interviewed by a mentor.
Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation to complete my application?
Applicants do not need to submit a transcript or a letter of recommendation with their application. We may ask for one or both of those if we have questions, but that is rare.
Can I select a mentor to work with?
Students are highly encouraged to list up to 3 faculty mentors of interest. ASSIP does not place interns. Rather, mentors select their research interns to interview and then participate based on the student's application and their expressed interest in the mentor's research. Learn more about our 2022 prospective ASSIP mentors.
What hours will I be working?
In general, ASSIP program hours are 9:00am-5: 00 pm Monday through Friday except for July 4th holiday when the University closes in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
How old do I have to be to participate in the program?
ASSIP interns must be 16 years old or older as of ASSIP start date of June 21st, 2022, in compliance with Mason Risk Management policy.
How many times can I participate in the program?
ASSIP interns may participate in ASSIP a total of 3 times.
Will lunch be provided?
Students are responsible for their own lunch. Several restaurants are located on/next to the Science and Technology Campus and there are multiple food choices on the Fairfax Campus for students who wish to purchase lunches. Potomac Science Center students must bring their own lunch.
Do I have to pay to participate in the program?
This program is free for participants; only a $25 application fee is required which can be waived for students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch assistance or eligible for Pell Grant financial aid.
Are internships remote, in-person or a hybrid format?
For the summer of 2022, some ASSIP internships will be offered in a fully remote format. Other 2022 ASSIP internships will be in-person or hybrid (some days remote and some days in-person) as is possible to be in compliance with Mason COVID-19 policy. We are not likely to know whether in-person/hybrid internships are possible until late April.
How does ASSIP comply with COVID-19 policies?
ASSIP is required to comply with all Mason policies for working with Mason interns, nonMason interns, minor interns, and visitors. Mason faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 (medical/religious exemptions are allowed) and to wear well-fitting masks indoors (as of January 2022). Please see Mason's COVID-19 updates pages for current information.