UGA receives grant for internship program in the East Asia

Athens, Ga. – The UGA Office of International Education has received a $100,000 grant for the second year from the Freeman Foundation to support the Asia-Georgia Internship Connection (AGIC). The AGIC provides funding for UGA students to pursue internships in Asia.  

In 2013, AGIC made awards of $2,500 to thirty nine UGA students for internship in China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Philippines, and Taiwan. The participating students were from Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Public and International Affairs, and Law.

“We are very pleased to learn that the Freeman Foundation has bestowed this grant to UGA for the second year in a row,” said Kasee Laster, director of education abroad in the UGA Office of International Education and AGIC program director.  “The 2013 grant saw a significant increase in student participation in internships in Asia.  Both internships themselves and the Asian region are areas of considerable student interest right now and we look forward to further growth with the 2014 funding.”

The formation of the AGIC has allowed UGA to enhance and expand Asian reach, enrich student international experiences, increase the number of students going to Asia, and to concentrate a higher proportion of that student participation in internships. Further, as shown in the students’ report from the previous year, the internship program allowed them to complete significant projects as they were fulfilling academic requirements for their degrees. 

About the Freeman Foundation
The Freeman Foundation was established in 1994 through the bequest and in memory of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman. The foundation, a private and philanthropic foundation, based in Stowe, Vermont, seeks to assist colleges and universities in expanding opportunities for U.S. students to work as interns in East and Southeast Asia, as part of their undergraduate or graduate studies.