EAP Freeman Foundation Internships

Congratulations to the UCSB EAP Freeman Internship Recipients

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UCSB EAP Freeman Foundation Internships

Scholarships for select programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand
Receive $3,000-$7,000 to intern for UC academic credit!

My internship with a marketing company was a great learning opportunity and an amazing experience as a whole that I could not have gotten in an academic setting or anywhere else. I learned about and immersed myself in Chinese culture, enhanced my skills with computer programs, and broadened my knowledge about marketing and advertising. As an intern, I attended business meetings and networked with members from other companies. I was very fortunate to have such a delightful, fun and educational internship. I was given tasks and projects of practical use that I enjoyed, learned and honed skills I will use in future jobs, and established relationships I will keep for a lifetime.
-Kristina L., UCSB EAP China Freeman Intern

In the future, I intend to work in international business and this internship [with Okayama Denim] has helped prime me for the rigors of that career. It exposed me to the Japanese work culture and allowed me to practice my new found language skills. Having the ability to operate in both Western and Asian work environments will be instrumental in determining my future success.
-Lincoln L., UCSB EAP Japan Freeman Intern

I interned at a start-up media publication company in South Korea and was hired as a Staff Writer. I wrote articles directed at foreigners to help them better understand the Korean culture. Sometimes, my supervisors found topics that they wanted me to cover while at other times, I would seek out cultural events that I thought were relevant. Overall, I had a wonderful experience at my internship. I feel that my time there has brought me closer to the type of Communications work that I want to do once I graduate.
-Michelle J., UCSB EAP Korea Freeman Intern

How to Apply

1. Submit your UCSB EAP China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand application for a
Freeman-eligible program by the program-specific deadline.

2. Submit your UCSB EAP Freeman Foundation Internship application to megan@eap.ucsb.edu by:
                                  Summer/Fall/Year 2020-21 Programs : February 7, 2020
                                  Spring 2021 Programs: May 8, 2020

3. Attend an interview, if required for your program (see * below):
                                 Summer/Fall/Year 2020-21 Programs: late February/early March 2020
                                 Spring 2021 Programs: late May 2020

4. Receive notification of your selection status:
                                 Summer/Fall/Year 2020-21 Programs: by the end of winter quarter
                                 Spring 2021 Programs: by the end of spring quarter


  • Interns are required to participate in an eligible UCEAP program and must meet the program's minimum eligibility requirements, including GPA.
  • Students who are nationals of the host country are not eligible to be a Freeman intern in that country. They may intern in a different Freeman-eligible country.​​
  • Interns are encouraged to seek positions at local organizations/companies. Internships with U.S. governmental agencies, on-campus non-research internships, and remote internships are not allowed.
  • Students are responsible for securing their own positions. Onsite assistance during this process varies by UCEAP location. Feel free to inquire about this process with your UCSB EAP advisor.
  • Internships must be unpaid.
  • Korean language fluency (reading, writing or speaking) is required for most internships in Korea.
  • Complete a pre-departure process specific to the Freeman Internship program.
  • Complete required participant surveys and assignments and be available for future meetings and orientations with prospective students.
  • Flexibility is essential.

Eligible Programs


Intern for: 4-6 units / 120-150 hours per term / Award: $4,000 semester & $6,000 year
Fudan University* - Fall, Spring
Peking University* - Spring, Year

Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $3,000
Summer Global Internship, Shanghai - Summer

Hong Kong

Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $3,000
Summer Global Internship, Hong Kong - Summer (*suspended Summer 2020)

Intern for: 3-6 units / 90-150 hours per term / Award: $4,000 semester & $6,000 year
Hitotsubashi University* - Spring, Year
International Christian University* - Year
Keio University* - Year
Waseda University* - Year

Intern for: 12 units / 300 hours / Award: $6,000 semester & $7,000 year
Yonsei University* - Fall, Spring, Year


Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $3,000
Summer Global Internship, Singapore - Summer


Intern for: 4-6 units / 120 hours per term / Award: $4,000 semester & $6,000 year
National Taiwan University* - Fall, Spring, Year

Intern for: 5 units / 128 hours per term / Award: $4,000 semester & $6,000 year
Thammasat University* - Fall, Spring, Year

Intern for: 5 units / 70 hours per term / Award: $3,000
Public Health - Summer

*Interview required.

Internship Sites

  • Be proactive. Research possible internship positions and contact organizations prior to leaving the U.S. UCEAP staff abroad will assist you with the appropriate paperwork upon arrival.
  • Click on the corresponding links below for a list of past UC student internship placements:
    Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Seoul, Korea; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Explore GoinGlobal for internship information by country. Registered students can access GoinGlobal through their Handshake account.
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to have your cover letter and résumé reviewed.

Below are examples of internships that past UCSB EAP Freeman interns have completed.

· Inkmason (architecture & interior design firm)
· Stepping Stones (educational non-profit)

Hong Kong
· Clean the World Asia (environmental non-profit)  
· Moore Stephens (accounting and business firm)  

· Okayama Denim (online denim retailer)
· TELL (mental health non-profit)

· Prain Global Inc. (public relations firm)
· Superstring (technology based fintech venture)

· Taylor Vinters (technology & intellectual property law firm)
· billionBricks (housing non-profit)

· Tour Me Away (tour company)
· Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (female empowerment)

· Focus on the Global South (activist think tank)
· SDF (sustainable development non-profit)

Academic Requirements

1. UCEAP academic internship credit is required. The internship credits may replace a course(s) or be in addition to the minimum required units for your program.

2. There will be an academic component related to your internship involving an individual study project and you will receive UC credit.

3. You will meet with your internship supervisor regularly to discuss your performance and what you are learning academically.

4. You will turn in a paper, series of reports, or other documentation describing the work you performed and analyzing what you learned.

5. Programs may have additional requirements.

I have learned a lot about software engineering, especially web design and front-end development. This is something that I would not learn at school. This internship helped me apply the knowledge that I learned from my classes in real life. Another big impact this internship had on me is that I really learned to associate technology with business. Therefore, I improved a lot on justifying my engineering work as something applicable in the business world.
-Rain W., UCSB EAP Singapore Freeman Intern

My main positions at my internship were: teacher assistant/lecturer, librarian, and international relations  communication assistant. I worked with teachers to carry out lesson plans and delivered presentations. I 
read English stories to students [and] helped with exhibitions...My understanding of Taiwanese culture, customs, and language deepened because of my regular interactions with students, staff, and volunteers. I developed public speaking skills, time management, and interpersonal skills.
-Annette L., UCSB EAP Taiwan Freeman Intern

I worked in a group of seven students from California, Burma, and Cambodia. We were based out of Mae Tao Clinic, an incredible healthcare facility that provides quality healthcare to migrant workers, refugees, and other displaced people living on the Thai/Burmese border. Our group’s focus was primarily on idenitifying challenges of healthcare providers in the Mae Sot region and brainstorming possible solutions...It has helped me to realize that in the future I would like to work as a healthcare provider with underserved populations. My experiences abroad have had a huge impact on my future career goals.
-Jacob A., UCSB EAP Thailand Freeman Intern

Freeman Foundation

The Freeman Foundation was founded in memory of Mansfield Freeman, co-founder of the American International Group, Inc. (AIG) insurance company. Having resided in China for many years, the Freeman family is an advocate for increased awareness of East Asia and through the foundation, it generously supports programs that promote greater knowledge and understanding of that region of the world among Americans.