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 students’ interest in China and other Asian countries. This new Freeman Foundation-SLU Internship to Maximize Potential and Achievement in China (IMPAC) Program 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.

With the generous support from the Freeman Foundation, each year eight St. Lawrence University Students will be selected to do an 8-week internship in China.  The Freeman Foundation helps to pay for the majority of the cost, including roundtrip flight tickets to China from NYC, visa application, room, internship placement, and international insurance.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be 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 graduating in December 2021 are eligible to apply. Students planning to transfer to another institution are not eligible to apply. 
  • There are no Chinese language proficiency requirements to receive the grant.
  • Students who attend the IMPAC program must agree to fulfill post-participation service projects, which may include activities such as public presentations about their experience with the campus community, etc.

Service Projects

  • Program Assessment Survey: Program interns are required to fill out the internship assessment survey prior to and return from the internships.  The survey result will be shared with the CIIS office and the Freeman Foundation.
  • Internship Stories: Students are required to write a two page with photos about their internship experiences.
  • Program 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, Director of Asia Programs
Carnegie 205; (315) 229-5156

Information Sessions

For the Spring 2021 semester, the information session is set for 1-2 pm, every Wednesday from February to April 2021 via Zoom.

Dr. Huang and the GMEO program coordinator Ms. Wang will join the information to share the information and the application processes.

Program Application and Deadline

Apply through SLU Handshake.


Due to the discontinuation of China student visa issuance, the application is currently on hold.

We encourage students to join our information session to learn about the program for future participation.


Apply for the IMPAC program and the Scholarship

Pre-Decision Stage: 

  • Schedule meetings or attend the Information Session with the Director of Asia Programs at the CIIS office Helen Huang.
  • Schedule meetings with GMEO, the internship provider to discuss interests and the internship placement processes.
  • Complete the application for the Freeman Foundation SLU China Internship program
  • 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
  • Attend Orientation hosted by GMEO
  • Prepare for departure


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

SLU students' China internship experiences: 

·         China Everbright Bank intern Charlie Taggart

·         Beijing Normal University intern Hanane Lahnaoui

·         Asset Management Association of China intern William Glover

·         Youwei library intern Huazhen Zhao

·         Chengdu Kanghua Development Center intern Xiaolan Wang

Earning Academic Credit

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.