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Robert P. Stiller School of Business students have traveled to Shanghai to gain global and professional work experience, as well as valuable language skills, at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics courtesy of a prestigious grant from the Freeman Foundation.
Over the years, some of our students' internships have evolved into full-time jobs post-graduation.
In 2019, options for international internship opportunities through the Freeman Foundation Grant were expanded to include Kyoto, Japan.
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This opportunity provides Champlain students a chance to gain invaluable international and professional experience.
"Being accepted into this program was a major achievement," said alumna, Alaina Cellini, who interned at Shanghai Hippo Animation Company for 10 weeks in the summer of 2013. Cellini utilized her interests in supply chain sustainability, marketing, and consulting in the internship at China's leading animation company.
"My three months in China were some of the most life changing ones."
The success of the Freeman Foundation Grant program allowed Champlain to expand program opportunities to Kyoto, Japan in 2019.
Kyoto brings in more than 55 million tourists on an annual basis, and while it may be known for its stunning gardens and temples, it's also one of the country's main hubs for hi-tech companies in Japan. An international internship in Kyoto offers professional development, real-world work experience, and the ability to gain a new cultural experience in a beautiful location. Intern in fields including Marketing and Advertising, Business and Economics, Media and Public Relations, Logistics and Supply Management, Entrepreneurship, and more.
The grant provides a stipend towards normal expenses associated with a semester or summer internship in China or Japan. The grant also covers room and board through trusted third-party providers; an internship placement fee; and airfare to China or Japan. Students may budget for regional travel, food, and other goods. Other expenses are out of pocket for students. The program also provides 24/7 in-country support to students while they are abroad.
"We believe that we've built a successful internship model in China with the Freeman Foundation's generous grant and we're confident the program will continue to provide incredibly successful and rewarding professional and personal experiences for the students," said Dean to the Stiller School of Business, Dr. Scott Baker.
Baker believes the Freeman Grant has been renewed "due to the incredible success of these programs, which were implemented through extensive collaboration between the Stiller School, the Office of International Education, the Registrar's Office, and the Office of Advancement."
Champlain College works with its third-party providers to match students' majors and interests to internships based established networks of in-country organizations. Champlain faculty and staff routinely travel to locations to check in on the students, connect with internship supervisors and officials, and help students upon their arrival and departure.
While they are there, they also interviewed students' site supervisors to ensure a shared understanding of the high level of work Champlain students are prepared for and the added value they bring to the organizations for whom they intern. Clarifying expectations around the work students will be doing is a priority for the quality and success of current and future placements at these particular organizations.