The Freeman Foundation Funding Drives Internships in Asia

Student in Asia

The Freeman Foundation awarded another $400,000 grant to be administered by the Moran Center for Global Leadership, Villanova School of Business. Building on previous funding, this grant will continue to expand student participation in internships in East and Southeast Asia, a dynamic region with some of the world’s fastest changing economies, and an invaluable experience in today’s competitive global economy.

The grant is a continuation of the Freeman Foundation’s partnership with Villanova to create opportunities for students to study and work in key emerging global markets where they gain a competitive edge for future job opportunities.

“Developing new internship opportunities and leveraging relationships with Villanova alumni throughout Asia will significantly expand Villanova’s reach and broaden students’ perspectives about how business is conducted in another part of the world,” said Kim Cahill, director of the Moran Center for Global Leadership. “Students will experience a new culture and professional environment that will enhance their abilities and challenge their world perspective, and they will create a vast network of professional contacts that will prove invaluable in our increasingly interconnected world.”

Student in Asia

This funding has significantly driven student participation in the East and Southeast Asia internship programs. Last summer, 29 students successfully completed internships in Asia, up from 13 in summer 2014. The Freeman Foundation funding was responsible for a 107 percent increase in program enrollments over this period. The new funding will provide scholarships for 80 students through spring 2020.

“In order for our students to help solve problems and to succeed in our complex world, it is imperative that they graduate with the global awareness and cross-cultural skills that these internship experiences offer,” added Elizabeth Campanella, director of the Office of Education Abroad.     

Villanova alumni in East and Southeast Asia help identify internship placements for students, provide mentoring, and facilitate site visits and other services in the region. Asian internship placements for 2016-17 included positions in China, Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia for 30 students.

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Faculty Director

Kimberly A. Cahill

Michelle Casario, PhD
Associate Faculty Director

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator