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
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org; Carnegie 205; (315) 229-5156
Information sessions for Spring 2020 will be announced in early January 2020.
Scholarship Application and Deadline
The deadline is February 15, 2020. Decisions will be made in late February.
Apply for the IMPAC program and the Scholarship
- 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
- 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
China Summer Internship Opportunities Provided by Internship Placement Companies
*Considerable program fee for internship placement, local housing and onsite support
SLU students' China internship experiences:
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