Freeman Foundation-SLU Internship to Maximize Potential and Achievement in China Program and Scholarship | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

Freeman Foundation-SLU Internship to Maximize Potential and Achievement in China Program and Scholarship

The Mission of the Freeman Foundation and the Purpose of the Grants

Established in 1994 by the estate of AIG cofounder Mansfield Freeman, the mission of the Freeman Foundation is "to strengthen the bonds of friendship between this country and those of the Far East; to develop a greater appreciation of [East Asian] cultures in this country and a better understanding of American institutions in and purposes on the part of the peoples of East Asia, and to stimulate an exchange of ideas in economic and cultural fields which will help create mutual understanding” between the United States and Eastern Asia. Freeman grantees will advance this mission by gaining real-world work experience in Eastern Asia.

For almost 20 years, grant funding from the Freeman Foundation has played a critical role in enhancing St. Lawrence student interest in China and other Asian countries.  This new Freeman Foundation IMPAC grant will significantly expand opportunities for St. Lawrence students to immerse themselves in living and working in China, where they will be able to gain an authentic understanding of, and appreciation for oriental culture and society.

The $40,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation will support 8 St. Lawrence University students for each $5,000 to do their 8 weeks internship in China for summer 2020.



  • U.S. citizen 
  • Enrolled at St. Lawrence University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing; Applicants cannot be in their last year of school (Students who are graduating in December 2020 are eligible to apply).
  • Have applied to or been accepted to an internship program in China of 8 weeks duration or longer, 40 hours a week, no study abroad component in the full period of the internship.
  • No foreign language proficiency requirements to receive the grant
  • Students who receive the grant must agree to fulfill the service projects


Service Projects

  • Scholarship Assessment Survey: Scholarship recipients are required to fill out the internship assessment survey prior to and return from the internships.  The survey result will be shared with the China Internship program and the Freeman Foundation.
  • Internship Stories: Students are required to write a two page with photos about their internship experiences.
  • Scholarship Forum: Students present their China internship stories and experiences.
  • Recipients will be asked to volunteer at the program events such as SLU newspaper interviews, information sessions, fireside chats, orientation, and university-related events to promote the Freeman Foundation IMPAC Program.


Point of Contact

Interested students may direct questions to:

Dr. Helen Huang; Carnegie 205; (315) 229-5156


Information Sessions

Information sessions for Spring 2020 will be announced in early January 2020. 


Scholarship Application and Deadline

Apply Here

The deadline is February 15, 2020. Decisions will be made in late February.


Apply for the IMPAC program and the Scholarship

Pre-Decision Stage: 

  • Schedule meeting or Information Session with the Director of Asia Programs at the CIIS office Helen Huang.
  • Search an internship position in China for Summer 2020 
  • Complete the application for the Freeman Foundation East Asia Internship
  • Two recommendation letters to be submitted by a faculty member and a campus job supervisor

Post-Decision Stage: 

  • Sign Student Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks & Release and Indemnity Agreement for China Internship Participation
  • Provide 8-week internship offer letter prior to departure


  • Complete program feedback form
  • Write up the China internship story
  • Attend program service projects



China Summer Internship Opportunities Provided by SLU

*Internship placement opportunities at no-cost to student candidates

  • Research Assistant in Social Policy at Beijing Normal University
  • Biomedical Research Assistant at GENG Lab at Sichuan University
  • Marketing Specialist at South Wild
  • Tech News Writer at Tech Node  (multiple positions available)
  • Financial Product Marketing Specialist at Easy Transfer
  • Financial Analyst at Qingyu Hedge Fund
  • Summer Camp Teacher at Leju NGO
  • Liberal Arts Summer Camp Teacher at Youwei Library
  • Marketing and Sales Specialist at Papp’s Tea
  • Account Manager at Clean Energy
  • Program Coordinator at Project Let’s Go
  • Project Assistant at NPI-Non Profit Incubator


China Summer Internship Opportunities provided by volunteer search website

*Free to moderate fee for student candidate  internship placement

Global Service Corp 
Go Abroad  
Projects Abroad  
A Broader View

Global Experiences


China Summer Internship Opportunities Provided by Internship Placement Companies

*Considerable program fee for internship placement, local housing and onsite support



CRCC Asia 

Asia Internship Program 

Absolute Internship 

World Endeavors 

API abroad 


SLU students' China internship experiences: 

·         China Everbright Bank intern Charlie Taggart describes his experience.

·         Beijing Normal University intern Hanane Lahnaoui describes her internship experience.

·         Asset Management Association of China intern William Glover describes his experience.

·         Youwei library intern Huazhen Zhao describes her internship.

·         Chengdu Kanghua Development Center intern Xiaolan Wang reports on her experience.


Earning Academic Units for the China Summer Internships

Students will also have the opportunity to earn a quarter unit credit for their China Internship through an on-campus internship course. For details, please contact Geoff Falen