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Freeman Foundation Grant

It began in 2013. The Robert P. Stiller School of Business sent 10 students to intern in Shanghai. Since then, more than 100 Stiller students have traveled to various countries in Asia for life-changing experiences that impact them academically, professionally, and personally.

It was all made possible courtesy of the Freeman Foundation Grant.

This amazing travel grant for Champlain College students provides immersive global professional experiences—as well as valuable language and intercultural skills—for very little personal cost. Some of our students' internships have even evolved into full-time jobs post-graduation.


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Alaina Cellini

Being accepted into this program was a major achievement. My three months in China were some of the most life-changing ones.

--Alumna Alaina Cellini

Alaina interned at Shanghai Hippo Animation Company for 10 weeks in the summer of 2013 (the inaugural year of the program). There, she utilized her interests in supply chain sustainability, marketing, and consulting in her internship at China's leading animation company.

Opportunities in Dynamic Asian Cities

With the success of the Freeman Foundation Grant program, Champlain expanded in 2019 to include opportunities in Kyoto, Japan. Since then, the grant expanded even further to offer opportunities in Kyoto, Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore!

Why is this significant to business students?

From tourist destinations to tech hubs, Asia is a robust continent with a myriad of cultures and experiences. Interning in one of these multinational urban environments allows Stiller students to take an active role in these vibrant, growing economies.

An international internship in Asia offers professional development, real-world work experience, and the ability to gain a new cultural experience in a beautiful location. Intern in fields such as:

  • marketing and advertising
  • business and economics
  • media and public relations
  • logistics and supply management
  • entrepreneurship, and more.


Liza FowlerIt's just a very liberating and empowering experience because by the end of it, you're sort of like, "I don't really need anyone; I can do things on my own."

Liza Fowler, International Business

What costs does the grant cover?

So, you're interested in a possible internship in Asia, but let's get to the point—what does the grant cover?

The Freeman Foundation Grant provides:

  • a stipend (a fixed regular sum, paid as an allowance) to allow you to pay toward normal expenses associated with a semester or summer internship in China, Japan, and other cities in Asia
  • room and board through trusted third-party providers
  • an internship placement fee
  • 24/7 in-country support while you are abroad

What it does NOT cover:

  • any regional travel
  • food
  • other goods while you are abroad

Airfare to China, Japan, or other cities in Asia may be eligible for coverage depending on the availability of funds.



Meaningful Work That's Relevant to Your Career

Champlain College will work with our partners to match your major and interests to appropriate internships through well-established networks of in-country organizations. Our faculty and staff routinely travel to various locations to check-in, connect with internship supervisors and officials, and help you upon your arrival and departure.

While there, our staff members also interview site supervisors to ensure a shared understanding of the high level of work Champlain students are prepared for, and the value they add to the organizations where they intern.

We make intentional efforts to ensure that you'll participate in real work rather than make photocopies. Our expectations about the work you'll do are clear to both you and your supervisors, and are a priority to assure quality and success for you and future interns in these organizations.



Intern Abroad Next Steps

Jake KeohanAn internship for a full summer, being placed in my field and in a market that's just exploding was something I was just, like yeah, "I'm definitely going to go."

Jake Keohan, Marketing