Through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, Davidson College is providing 20 students a $5,000 grant to participate in internships in Asia for two months in the summer.

The East Asia Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the dynamic East and Southeast Asia region.

Eligible internship hosts include businesses, governments, research institutes, non-profit organizations, and other institutions in Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

With the assistance of the Betty and B. Frank Matthews II ’49 Center for Career Development (Matthews Center), students can apply and serve as an intern in a wide variety of fields. While the program has various connections developed by the Matthews Center and the East Asian Studies Program, students are encouraged to pursue opportunities identified through independent research. See below for possible internship connections through Davidson alumni and parents. Although students will not receive course credit for successful completion of the internship, they will receive financial support for this summer experience.

Grant Support

  • Airfare and transportation expenses
  • Housing and utilities
  • Food costs
  • Funds are meant to cover cost-of-living expenses and are not to be considered wage replacement
  • Students will be required to submit a report of their expenses at the end of the program
  • Students are responsible for securing their own housing, coordinating their individual travel arrangements, and pursuing proper work authorization for their internship. Some employers may provide assistance with these tasks.


  • Nov. 10: Information session at 7:30-8:30 p.m., Alvarez Union Room 209
  • Dec. 6: Application deadline
  • Dec. 20: Notification of selected students
  • Jan. 24: Deadline for acceptance of award
  • Jan. 24–Feb. 21: Work with Matthews Center on researching employers and creating documents for internship applications
  • May 1: Deadline for confirming internship placement

Student Eligibility

First-years, sophomores, and juniors and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to students that will be returning to Davidson for the fall 2023 semester (fall 2023 study abroad students are eligible). Students are not eligible for a grant if they intend to receive academic credit for Explorer 099 or an independent study. Applications are open to all first-year, sophomore, and junior students. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply.


Students submit a written application and resume/CV through Handshake. The written application requires the contact information for one Davidson faculty member to serve as a reference and a short essay.

For more information, contact Raquel Dailey at

Potential Internship Opportunities

Generated through alumni, parents, and faculty networks.

Arts, Media, Communications & Marketing

Bridge Magazine - Beijing
Jiaxing Daily - Jiaxing Xhejiang
Nanjing University Press - Nanjing Jiangsu
Asia Pacific Adventure - Hong Kong
International New York Times - Hong Kong - Hong Kong
The Business Times - Singapore
Voice of America - Bangkok, Thailand - Shanghai

Banking, Finance, Real Estate & Insurance

Credit Suisse - Tokyo
Jiaxing Branch ICBC - Beijing
KPMG China - Shanghai
Bank of China Henan Branch - Zhengzhou
Asia GMIB Business Management - Hong Kong
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Hong Kong
Hong Kong Homes - Hong Kong
HSBC - Hong Kong
ING Investment Banking - Hong Kong
LIM Advisors - Hong Kong
Sylebra Capital Management - Hong Kong
Ward Ferry Management Ltd. - Hong Kong
PT. Multikarsa Investama - Indonesia
Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Tokyo
Macquarie Group - Tokyo
JP Morgan - Seoul
Red Planet Hotels - Thailand

Consulting, Management, Sales, & Hospitality

TE Connectivity - Shanghai
SOMAR Corporation - Tokyo
Capitaland - Beijing
EuroStarBrands - Shanghai
Mercer Human Capital - Hong Kong
HRnetOne - Tokyo
Cooperative Installations Macau - Macau 
DHR International - Singapore
EY - Singapore
Migo - Taipei City

Manufacturing, Technology & Software

TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. - Singapore
BCT Power Supplies Co. Ltd. - Beijing
BAO Gang Steel Co. - Shanghai
Control Risks - Shanghai
Foster Wheeler Power Group Asia - Shanghai
TBEA Transformer Group - Shenyang, China
Boku, Inc. - Tokyo
kgb - Philippines
Epic - Singapore
Samsung Heavy Industries - Seoul
Tai Ping Carpets International - Thailand

Public Policy, Politics, Government, International Affairs & Law

United Education & Investment - Chengdu
Government of Jilin Provence - Jilin
Longan Law Firm - Shanghai
Gerson Lehrman Group - Singapore
Centers for Disease Control - Hanoi

Sustainability & Renewable Energy

Woods and Wayside International - Indonesia
Ingersoll-Rand - Shanghai, multiple locations
Dreamland Farms - Shanghai
World Wildlife Fund - Shanghai

Research, Healthcare, Medicine & Medical Research

RTI International - Multiple Locations
Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. - Nanjing
Celanese - Shanghai
Unilever R&D - Shanghai
Toagosei Co., Ltd. - Tokyo
SPA Myanmar - Myanmar
Make-A-Wish Foundation International - Singapore