Illinois Wesleyan University will be sending more students to Asia

BLOOMINGTION - Illinois Wesleyan University will be receiving a $400,000 grant renewal from the Freeman Foundation.

Over the past three years, Illinois Wesleyan University has sent 77 students to complete summer internships in Asia, and thanks to this grant it is about to send a lot more.

According to Professor of Sociology and Director of the Freeman Asia Internship Program Teddy Amoloza, the grant will provide full funding for students to intern in Asia during the summers of 2018 and 2019. This funding includes students' airfare, placement and visa costs, lodging, plus a living allowance.

“A number of schools that get this kind of funding are large institutions, and we have become part of that chosen group,” Amoloza said. “The opportunity for our students is really great for this particular program in terms of the comparative advantage that we have.”

Director of the International Office Stacey Shimizu said Amoloza’s connections in Asia have allowed students to intern at a range of sites, extending from the Philippines, to Hong Kong, to Japan, to Thailand. Shimizu said that because we live in a global society, experiences like the ones provided through the Freeman Asia Internship Program are necessary for students who will be working with a wide range of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

“Internships are really valuable because students are working with people who live in the culture,” Shimizu said. “They’re getting a hands-on experience in the work culture of that country.” Shimizu said that by interning abroad, students learn skills that extend far beyond the workplace.

Illinois Wesleyan is one of 25 schools in the nation to receive this amount of funding from the Freeman Foundation.


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