The Asian Studies Program offers up to $3,000 in summer experience funding to first-year students currently enrolled in Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies (MASIA). To be eligible, the experience must meet the following guidelines:
- Be relevant to the Asian Studies degree program and provide professional experience; and
- Be unpaid or low-paid (i.e. less than $3,000 over the summer)
- Have a minimum of 8 weeks duration, 20 hours or more per week.
- Students may also use the funding to enroll in an approved language immersion course.
Applications are open in March and awards are disbursed in June. Additional merit-based funding for international travel is available.
Stipend Recipient Responsibilities
- Inform the Asian Studies Program of any changes in internship placement, such as host organization, location of work, and/or duration of internship
- Inform the Asian Studies Program of any changes to your language immersion course
- Submit a one-page report on your experience and attend a summer internship debrief in September
- International students on F-1 or J-1 status should apply for the appropriate work authorization from the Office of Global Services.
- Students travelling abroad for internships or language study must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy by completing the International Travel Authorization application for Graduate Students.
- As these are grants, they might be taxable as income to students. According to the IRS notice 87-31, neither the grantor nor the educational institution is required, under section 6041, to file a return of information (W-2 or 1099 Misc) to IRS with respect to such stipend. It is the responsibility of the recipient, to report taxable non-qualified fellowship or scholarship payments to IRS. While Georgetown University will not report the stipend to the IRS or to the Recipient on a 1099, the income may be taxable to you depending on what you use the money for (tuition, books, and required fees are typically tax-free). We suggest you consult the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, and consult with a tax adviser
- Should a student wish to travel to an Elevated Risk Region using a grant given by the university, additional review by the University’s International Travel Committee and the Provost is required. To initiate the process, please complete the International Travel Authorization application for Graduate Students. Documentation of granted permission from the university will need to be included with other documentation to make payment.