GMU & Civic Engagement

GMU Civic Engagement Programs


George Mason has a number of academic programs and internships that promote civic engagement including Mason Impact’s Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECIL) initiative, Schar School’s Democracy Lab Living/Learning Community, and the Global Politics Fellows internship program.

The Students onAir @GMU chapter is exploring various ways to collaborate  with these groups especially how students can participate in its interview aircasts (livestream, student-led discussions) like this one minute highlight video of an interview aircast with Congressman Don Beyer.

The Global Politics Fellows internship program has been working with Democracy on Air and the Students onAir @GMU chapter over the past four years to develop the US onAir Network of 50 governance and elections Hubs.

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Civic Engagement Programs

Global Political Fellows internship

Source: website

George Mason University is proud to offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students, the Global Politics Fellows program.

The Global Politics Fellows program is a 15 credit academic program for selected students interested in Government and International Politics and Global Affairs at George Mason University. The academic program is based at the Mason Square campus and incorporates a significant internship experience into the semester.

The Global Politics Fellows make up a small cohort of 20 to 30 students, all interested in the role of government in society, here in the United States and abroad. The smaller classes allow for more student discussion and the opportunity to delve deeper into the issues the world faces today. The internship provides students the chance to immediately apply what they are learning and offers students greater insight into their future career in the arena of government and global affairs.

Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECIL)

Source: Website

Welcome to the George Mason Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECIL). Whether you are a student, community partner, faculty or staff member, our hope is that this website is an important tool to help you learn more about the range of programs, campus partners, and initiatives that demonstrate Mason’s dedication to community engagement and civic learning.

Formally launched in 2021 as part of Mason’s Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Transformative Education through Anti-Racist Community Engagement”, the CECiL Office seeks to provide opportunities for members of the Mason community to engage in intentional, meaningful, and reciprocal collaborations with community organizations. Some of these opportunities may take place in the context of an academic course through community-based learning, others may be through co-curricular programs like Civic Fellows, Engaged Summer, or Mason Votes. All CECiL programs are designed to deepen student and faculty engagement with community-based organizations and civic learning connected to Mason’s broader goals around anti-racism and inclusive excellence.

Since its founding, George Mason University has committed to graduating engaged and well-rounded scholars who are prepared to act, and our newly launched CECiL Office is an embodiment of that commitment. Our CECiL team is here as a resource to help you explore civic and community engagement, identify ways to get involved with issues you are passionate about, and to connect those passions with academic and career interests. We look forward to learning and collaborating with you across campus and in our communities.

Democracy Lab

Source: webpage

The Schar School’s Democracy Lab is an immersive environment that fosters a razor-sharp understanding of today’s most pressing issues.  Learn about different career paths in the realm of politics and public policy and gain the training you need to become a change-maker. The Democracy Lab will broaden your perspective and hone your ability to engage on difficult topics—everything from the civic implications of big data to the growing impact of disinformation. Learn from well-respected public intellectuals and political leaders, and forge personal and professional connections that will last a lifetime.



  • GOVT 101: Democratic Theory & Practice

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