W&M Freeman Intern Fellowships in Asia

The Charles Center, in partnership with the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program and Asian and Pacific Islander-American Studies Program, will support 20 internships in Summer, 2019.  Each student will receive up to $5,000 to aid in the cost of travel and living expenses. The duration of the internship must be a minimum of six full-time weeks. 


  • The Freeman Intern Fellowship is limited to continuing undergraduates who are in good standing with the university. 
  • All academic fields of study are encouraged to apply.
  • The Freeman Fellowship supports internships in all countries in East Asia, with the exception of South Asia (e.g., India and Pakistan). Internships are available in Beijing, Busan, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Vientiane. 
  • Fellowships are limited to United States citizens.
  • The fellowship cannot be used to fund study abroad and cannot be used to pay third-party study abroad or internship providers.


Students may identify their own internships or apply to be placed in one of the approximately 20 internships that we have pre-arranged. Some examples of these internships are:

Bayani Brew-VC Growth Partners, Manila
VCGP is a stage-agnostic private investment group that targets high-growth and highly disruptive businesses in Tech, Advisory, and Consumer verticals. They will host up to two interns for Bayani Brew in the Philippines. Bayani Brew is a social enterprise brewing specialty teasan beverages and advocating sustainable sourcing from small local farms who produce organically grown ingredients.
One intern will focus on digital strategy, product innovation and financial forecasting while another will focus on the sustainability efforts and social enterprise component of the company.
Busan International Comedy Festival, Busan
Our organization is growing into an internationally renowned comedy festival based in Busan, South Korea.
Internship will focus on international promotion and marketing and production assistance for English speaking performers during the festival. Prefer students interested in the entertainment industry, performance, comedy, and cultural exchange.
CheckMySchool-ANSA-EAP, Metro Manila
CheckMySchool (CMS) is a participatory monitoring initiative for the education sector in the Philippines. Previous interns monitored and collected data on 893 public schools. The Freeman Intern Fellow will be given access to these data and will propose a framework for data management and analysis.
Internship requires skills in data management in SPSS and quantitative and qualitative data processing.
HekaBio K.K., Tokyo
HekaBio K.K. is a healthcare venture that endeavors to close the gap in access to life changing therapies for patients fighting intractable diseases in Japan.  In collaboration with global partners, HekaBio develops leading edge technologies, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and cell and gene therapies, in therapeutic areas including cancer, neurology and auto-immune diseases.
Internship requires evidence of strong analytical and presentation skills, with preference for students majoring in Japanese, Japanese Studies, AMES, APIA, Pre-Med.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Office of the Deputy Rector for Internationalisation and Global Network, Kuala Lumpur
IIUM is a public university in Malaysia that is also sponsored by the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation. Founded on Islamic principles, Islamic values are inculcated into all disciplines.
Internship requires strong writing skills. Students majoring in Education, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, English, Theatre, and Creative Writing are preferred. One intern will work with the Deputy Rector for Internationalisation, and another with the Department of English Language and Literature.
Institute for Peace and Unification (IPUS) at Seoul National University, Seoul
Guided by a vision to achieve sustainable peace in the Korean Peninsula, the IPUS seeks to create the necessary discourse, policies, values and culture to establish multidisciplinary and convergent perspectives in peace studies.
Internship will focus on nuclear deterrence between China and North Korea and will include editing responsibilities for IPUS peace studies journal.
Jing-A Brewery, Beijing
京A Brewing Co., a microbrewery in Beijing, is the brainchild of W&M alum Alex Acker.
The interns will join our marketing/brand team and help with everything from events and beer festival organization to social media posts, website updates, new beer copywriting, design, photography, retail promotions, and much more. We often get our interns working on a business strategy project as part of their time with us too. In addition, we give all our interns a chance to help out in the brewery, generally one day a week, to learn how craft beer is made on a small 3 bbl brewhouse in downtown Beijing. Over 80% of our staff are Chinese, so there is plenty of time to practice and improve language skills too. Skills sets required include: strong writing/communications skills. English/Chinese translation skills a plus. Graphic design/wordpress/illustrator/photography/videography skills or hobby a plus.
Masakini Theatre Company, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s prestigious Masakini Theatre Company produces shows at its Studio Ramli Hasan and for corporations. The company provides training for actors and are known to be the only contemporary theatre company in Malaysia producing shadow theatre or wayang.
Internship requires theatre training and experience as the interns will perform in Masakini’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Sabera Shaik.
Applicants to this internship will audition with Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas as part of the selection process
National University of Singapore (NUS)-Middle East Institute, Singapore
Middle East Institute exists to advance understanding of the Middle East, and to deepen engagements between the Middle East and Asia. Internship focuses on political science and Middle Eastern Studies.
Sant Maral Foundation, Gallup Poll, Ulaanbaator
The Sant Maral Foundation (SMF) was established in September 1994 as a public benefit, self-governing, non-profit non-government organization. The goal of the foundation is to contribute to Mongolia's social development geared towards the creation of a society based upon the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy. Since its formation, SMF established itself as the premier Mongolian polling institution in the country. Internship will focus on social science survey research.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), Taipei
TFD strives to play a positive role in consolidating Taiwan's democracy and fortifying its commitment to human rights. Internship requires writing and editing skills, videography, and video editing skills.
Toyo Suisan Company, Tokyo
Toyo Suisan is a multinational food company. Since its beginnings at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market in 1953, the company has engaged in businesses of seafood, noodles, freeze-dried foods, refrigeration and cold storage.  Maruchan Inc. a subsidiary of Toyo Suisan, was established in California in 1972, and it has developed Maruchan instant noodle business to become the top seller in the USA and Mexico.  With 5,000 employees, we are rapidly growing our businesses in Latin America, South America, East and South Asia.  
Toyo Suisan can host up to two interns with elementary Japanese language skills for two months in mid-May to mid-July. We like to get our interns working on a business strategy project as part of their time with us. Interns will to help create and execute interview research and surveys, to work on qualitative and qualitative analyses, and to present reports to the management. There will be a plenty of time to interact with Japanese employees and managers to improve your Japanese language skills.
Training Vision Institute, Singapore
Training Vision Institute (TVI) is a leading training and human capital consultancy firm in Singapore. Founded in 1991 on the core belief in maximising every person’s full potential, TVI continues to passionately offer high quality adult training and education to the industry and communities it operates in. Headquartered in Singapore, TVI operates 5 training centres island-wide to make training and education accessible to everyone. TVI is also growing beyond Singapore, led primarily by its wholly-owned subsidiary ‘TVI Ventures’, which has set up offices and joint-ventures with businesses in Vietnam and India.
Internship requires strong writing and organizational skills. Duties include assisting on marketing campaigns, demographic analysis, and general administrative skills.
UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, University of Santo Tomas, Manila
The UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) is based at the University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest European university founded in 1611. The CCWLS aims to revive, reaffirm and enrich UST's long literary tradition, by providing the writers in the University's faculty, with the support needed to enable them to nurture Thomasian writers; and to serve as a literary hub, with programs, projects and activities that will contribute to the development of a vibrant national literature.Internship requires creative writing skills, strong analytical writing, copy-reading and editing.
Vectr FinTech Partners, Hong Kong
Vectr is a venture capital fund that reviews investments into early stage companies. Vectr also seeks investments that have a social impact. The intern will help prepare research and assist with investment process, meet with prospective companies, attend events and otherwise help the partners in their duties. Business or finance majors that have strong communication skills and students who speak more than one language (any language is fine) are preferred.
Village Focus International, Vientiane
VFI is a non-governmental organization based in Vientiane, Laos that aims to strengthen village life by eradicating human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security.
Intern desired needs strong writing skills for research, policy briefs, grant proposals, reports to donors, communication and social media marketing of social enterprise projects.
Wildlife Conservation Society, Phnom Penh
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, and education. 
Internship will focus on GIS, social media engagement, image database management, and video production.

Internships may be in private firms, government agencies, or non-profits.  

Internships may take place immediately before or after a study abroad program. They may also be contemporaneous with study abroad programs, as long as the internship does not interfere with the academic program and the time is equivalent to six full-time weeks.

All students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the visa guidelines of the host country. All students must have CISI Comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance for the duration of their internship.  

Participating students are required to participate in a pre-internship orientation session in April 2019. While in East Asia, the intern is required to blog about their experience throughout the internship.

Upon return to William and Mary, the student is required to enroll in AMES/APIA 385: East Asia Think Tank) in Fall, 2019, a three-credit COLL 300 course where students will share their experience with fellow interns and pursue projects that came out of their experiences in East Asia.

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, December 3, 2018 for the Summer, 2019, with a deadline of Noon Friday, February 1, 2019.

The application consists of:

  • the completed online application form  (including a cover letter explaining why the applicant is a good fit with the internship)
  • a resume (2 pages maximum)
  • 1-2 page unofficial transcript - request a free one one here (note that it takes 3-5 days to process)
  • writing sample

 For questions, please contact Francis Tanglao Aguas or Chelsie Craddock


A generous grant from the Freeman Foundation made it possible for 20 William & Mary undergraduates to conduct unpaid internships in Asia in Summer, 2018.  The purpose of this program was to provide students with a range of professional opportunities in structured, real-world settings that will allow them to clarify their career goals, enhance their career preparation, and develop their cultural competencies.   

This program is administered by the Charles Center for Academic Excellence, working in partnership with the Program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Program in Asian and Pacific Islander-American Studies.

Summer 2018 interns were selected from an applicant pool of 49 students that included 23 juniors, 20 sophomores, and 6 freshmen.  Applicants were distributed over 17 majors, with the most common being Biology, Government, Finance, Economics, and International Relations.

Summer, 2018 Freeman Foundation Interns 
Suzie Bae, East-West Management Institute, Laos
Heather Baier, CheckMySchool, the Philippines
Jason Bard, Nippon Neuroscience, Tokyo
Patrick Canteros, Contineo, Hong Kong
Tim Chen, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta
Samuel Desmarais, East-West Management Institute, Laos
Christina Durham, Institute for Peace and Unification (IPUS) at Seoul National University, Seoul
Cherry Wang, Cocoon Capital Partners, Singapore
Kathryn Heller, East Asia Institute, Seoul
Alexis Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia
Austin Kalasky, Jing-A Brewing Co., Beijing
India Lindsay, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), Taipei
Helen McMillian, National University of Singapore (NUS)-Middle East Institute, Singapore
John Napoli, Cummins Inc., Singapore
Emma Shainwald, Bement School, Shanghai
Jack Shangraw, Sant Maral Foundation, Gallup Poll, Ulaanbaator
Rob Sherman, United Chinese Group, Taipei
Vincent Tandaw, Singapore
Hana Warner, Sekitani Lab. The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University
Angela Yost, CheckMySchool, the Philippines


For questions, please contact Francis Tanglao Aguas or Chelsie Craddock