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 $4,000-$7,000 to intern for UC academic credit!

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

Through my internship with a television and radio news broadcasting company in Thailand, I was given a glimpse into the way Thai media functions. Based in Bangkok, this company represents a large portion of Thailand’s media sector providing both national and relevant international news. I interned in the digital content department working on feature stories in the English language.
-Kelsey G., UCSB EAP Thailand 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 by:
                                  Summer/Fall/Year 2019-20 Programs : February 8, 2019
                                  Spring 2020 Programs: May 10, 2019

3. Attend an interview for the internship program:
                                 Summer/Fall/Year 2019-20 Programs : late February/early March 2019
                                 Spring 2020 Programs: late May 2019

4. Receive notification of your selection status:
                                 Summer/Fall/Year 2019-20 Programs: by the end of winter quarter
                                 Spring 2020 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 country.​​
  • Interns are encouraged to seek positions at local organizations/companies. Internships with U.S. governmental agencies and on-campus/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 internships in Korea.
  • Complete a pre-departure process specific to the Freeman Internship program.
  • Complete required participant surveys 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
Global and International Studies, Fudan Univ. - Fall
Fudan Univ. - Spring
Peking Univ. - Spring, Year

Intern for: 10 units / 280-320 hours per term / Award: $6,000
Peking Univ. - Spring + Summer Internship

Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $6,000
Summer Global Internship, Shanghai - Summer

Hong Kong

Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $6,000
Summer Global Internship, Hong Kong - Summer

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

Intern for: 12 units / 300 hours per term / Award: $6,000 semester & $7,000 year
Yonsei Univ. - Fall, Spring, Year


Intern for: 9 units / 200-240 hours per term / Award: $6,000
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 Univ. - Fall, Spring, Year

Intern for: 5 units / 70 hours per term / Award: $4,000
Public Health, Thammasat University - Summer

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.
  • Check the 'Internships' tab of your program page for a list of past UC student internship placements.
  • 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)  

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

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

· 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. You will be assigned a P/NP grade.

6. Programs may have additional requirements.

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

I chose to supplement my classroom studies with an internship with a non-profit organization in order to learn about the non-profit sector in a developing country. Interning there allowed me to see how it operates as a non-profit and due to the nature of its work with other non-profits, the internship gave me a chance to learn about other organizations as well. More broadly, interning offered a unique look at the broader non-profit sector in Bangkok, and Thailand as a whole. As a Political Science major with an emphasis in international relations, several aspects of the organization’s work relate to my studies…With my graduation quickly approaching, this was also a valuable experience to gain insights into what it is like to work in the non-profit sector in a developing country.
-Max B., 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.