Freeman Foundation Scholarship for East Asia Internships

The Freeman Foundation Scholarship for East Asia Internships provides awards ranging from $4,000 - $6,000 to undergraduate and graduate KU students participating in credit-bearing internships of six weeks duration or longer in East or Southeast Asia.  Provided through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the primary objective of the scholarship program is to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United States and the countries of East Asia by supporting U.S. students in gaining a deeper understanding of the different cultures, economies, systems and values prevalent in the region.

During the 2015 calendar year, the Office of Study Abroad awarded 18 scholarships to KU students interning abroad in China, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.  The Office of Study Abroad plans to award approximately 40 scholarships each year in 2016 and 2017.  All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

View the 2016 award winners and their outreach service projects

  • Kathryn Anderson (Secondary Education) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Mandeep Ballagan (Secondary Education) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Jared Beauchamp (Finance) - Internship at Gaotime in Shanghai, China
  • Karen Chin (Community Health) - Internship at Shanghai General Hospital in Shanghai, China
  • Kayla Clouse (Global & International Studies) – Internship at Lighthouse in Action in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Akira Cowden (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Matthew Ellis (Global & International Studies) - Internship in Shanghai, China
  • Andrea Felice (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Wendy Gong (Nursing/East Asian Languages and Cultures) - Intern at Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai, China
  • Myranda Gray (Linguistics) - Internship in Shanghai, China
  • Maren Hansen (Accounting / Finance) - Internship at Gaotime in Shanghai, China
  • Paige Hansen (Biology) – Intern at a genetic research laboratory at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Kathleen Harding (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Vann Hassell (Linguistics / East Asian Langauges & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Linda Makau (Global & International Studies) - Internship at Stepping Stones in Shanghai, China
  • Katrina McDougal (Global & International Studies) - Internship at Art Relief International in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Everett Metcalf (Secondary Education) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Chelsea Morris (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Vishnu Nagireddy (Finance) - Internship in Shanghai, China
  • Michelle Newcome (Master of Architecture) – Architecture Internship in Seoul, South Korea
  • Minh Thi Nguyen (Pre-Physical Therapy) – Internship at Friends for Street Children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Alexander Ohler (Pre-Law) - Internship at SXL Research in Shanghai, China
  • Raffaella Prevot (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Kara Price (Political Science) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Anneliese Reinert (Mathematics) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  •  Kit Rice (English) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Lauren Roberson (Master of Architecture) – Architecture Internship in Seoul, South Korea
  • Garrett Schuman (Supply Chain Management / East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Internship at Arpin International Group in Shanghai, China
  • Samantha Sexton (News and Information) - Internship at Ringier China in Shanghai, China
  • Brooklyn Shaw (Speech-Language-Hearing / East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Naomi Shultz (Design) – Internship at Kaya Media in Seoul, South Korea
  • Colin Smith (Supply Chain Management) - Internship at Arpin International in Shanghai, China
  • Timothy Svoboda (Finance)  - Internship at Austen Morris International in Shanghi, China
  • E Fahn Wang (History of Art) – Intern at National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Naomi Waterhouse (East Asian Languages & Cultures) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • McKale Wiley (Film and Media Studies) - Internship at MGI Entertainment in Shanghai
  • Gabrielle Yeager (Respiratory Care) – Hospital Internship in Hanoi, Vietnam

View the 2015 award winners and their outreach service projects

  • Brigid Derby (Shawnee, KS) – Intern at Elliott’s Corner Pediatric Therapy Clinic in Beijing, China
  • Thompson Deufel (Leawood, KS) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • ​Austin Griffis (Warrensburg, MO) - Intern at Haenglim Architects and Planners in Seoul, South Korea
  • Emily Guerin (Shawnee, KS) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Annette Jardon (Overland Park, KS) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Tang Lee (Kansas City, KS) - Intern with Cultural Canvas in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Tho Nguyen (Overland Park, KS) - Intern at VinaCapital Foundation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Leah Osborne (Overland Park, KS) - Intern at United Family Hospital in Shanghai, China
  • James Paisley (Kansas City, MO) - Intern at Jing A Micro-brewing Company in Beijing, China
  • Aaron Rule (Caseyville,  IL) - Intern at Haenglim Architects and Planners in Seoul, South Korea
  • Ethan Schneider (Lawrence, KS) - Intern at Spring Communication in Shanghai, China
  • Su Jin Shin (Lawrence, KS) - Intern at the Franck Bistrot in Shanghai, China
  • Anna Sidor (Denver,CO) - Intern at IMS Health in Shanghai, China
  • Siel Snowden (Lawrence, KS) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Abigail Symes (Leawood, KS) - Intern at the Kyunghwa Girls' High School in Gwangju, South Korea
  • Lee Wu (Olathe, KS) - Intern at Jing A Microbrewing Company in Beijing, China
  • Lynne Yang (Kansas City, KS) - Intern at Art Relief International, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Aden Yaregal (Olathe, KS) - Intern at Ringier China in Shanghai, China

 

Eligible Internship Programs in East or Southeast Asia

Students may participate in any credit-bearing internship program with a minimum duration of 6 weeks offered in one of the following Asian countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.  Qualifying internships should be for a minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer or 10 hours per week during the semester.

The Office of Study Abroad directly administers the following internship programs in Asia:

  • International Internships in Shanghai, China:  This 8 week summer program places students of all majors in full-time professional internships (32 hours/week) in a wide variety of industries.  Internships are conducted in English. Deadline to apply is January 15.
  • TESOL Practicum in South Korea: This 6 week summer program provides English-based teaching internships at the Kyunghwa Girls’ Private School in South Korea to students pursuing elementary or secondary education degrees or to those students pursuing undergraduate degrees in English, Linguistics, or East Asian Languages and Cultures with a desire to teach as a profession.  Deadline to apply is November 16.
  • Architecture Internships in Asia: This seven month program provides 5th year Architecture students pursuing the Masters of Architecture degree an internship in a top architectural firm in South Korea, Malaysia, or Singapore.    
  • Individualized Placements: Students may work with their KU academic department or a specific faculty member to identify an internship opportunity abroad and the associated KU credit to be earned for this experience.

In addition to these programs offered by KU, students may apply for a Freeman Foundation Scholarship to intern abroad through one of the following external programs (Note that this is not a comprehensive list. Students interested in opportunities other than those presented here should discuss their plans with Kate Gerken, OSA Internship Coordinator, prior to initiating the application):

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship award, an applicant must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  2. Be enrolled at KU as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing;
  3. Have applied to or been accepted to a credit-bearing internship program in East or Southeast Asia of 6 weeks duration or longer.

Award recipients will be selected based on the quality of their application materials (statement of purpose and follow-on project proposal).  Preference will be given to students participating on a KU-administered internship program (listed above), engaging in full-time internships abroad for a longer duration of time, and with demonstrated financial need.

 

Follow-on Service Requirements

Upon return from their overseas internship, all recipients of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship for East Asia Internships are required to complete a student impact survey, an outreach service project, and one volunteer engagement coordinated by the OSA. 

The student impact survey will be distributed at the start of the term following completion of the student’s international internship.  The impact survey provides an opportunity for recipients to provide feedback on their internship abroad experiences and share information with the KU OSA needed for our annual report to the Freeman Foundation. 

The outreach service requirement is an opportunity for each scholarship recipient to share his/her overseas internship experiences with the broader KU community and to promote interest in internships in East and Southeast Asia.  Students will develop their project ideas as part of their scholarship application submitted to the KU OSA.  For sample projects of past scholarship recipients, interested students should view the list of 2015 award winners above.  In designing their outreach projects, students should consider their skills and interests in addition to the publicity needs of the KU campus and/or community. 

Lastly, throughout the Fall and Spring semester, OSA staff will be coordinating events such as fairs, panel presentations, information tables, etc. to promote international internships and the Freeman Foundation Scholarships.  All recipients are asked to volunteer at one event (approximately 1-2 hours).

All follow-on service requirements must be completed by December 1 for Spring and Summer award recipients and May 1 for Fall recipients.

 

To Apply

  • Identify and apply for an internship abroad program in East or Southeast Asia that qualifies for a Freeman Foundation Scholarship through KU. Questions?  Schedule a meeting with the KU Office of Study Abroad Internship Coordinator, Kate Gerken.
  • Complete the on-line Freeman Foundation Scholarship for East Asia Internships at https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=FreemanScholarship.
  • A complete application consists of a Statement of Purpose, Outreach Service project proposal, and a copy of a student's unofficial transcripts or advising report.

Application deadlines:

  • January 15th – priority deadline for summer and fall internship programs
  • March 1 – standard deadline for summer and fall programs
  • October 1 – deadline for all spring programs

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