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Freeman Foundation SLU China Internship Program Application

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-SLU Internship to Maximize Potential and Achievement in China (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.

With the generous support from the Freeman Foundation that each year, eight St.Lawrence University students will be selected to do eight-week internships in China. The Freeman Foundation grant 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.
  • 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 2021 are eligible to apply). Students who are planning to transfer to another institution are not 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 (Students may source their own internships or work with CIIS to identify opportunities). The internship does not need to be confirmed. 
  • No foreign language proficiency requirements to receive the grant
  • Students who receive the grant must agree to fulfill the service projects

Application Process
  1. Complete application form attached to this posting (includes applicant and internship information, short answer questions)
  2. Upload the above form and your resume
  3. Request recommendations to support the application. The recommender must use the link to submit the recommendation letter. Link here:

We require two letters of recommendation, at least one of which MUST be from a work supervisor. The other may be from a professor, coach, supervisor, etc. You may NOT use a peer as a reference.

All application materials must be submitted by April 1, 2021.  Decisions will be made in mid-April.