IWU Offering New Internship Opportunities in Asia
Jan. 12, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— More than a dozen Illinois Wesleyan University students will intern
in Asia this summer or next academic year, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Freeman
Approximately 14 IWU Asia Internship Program awards are available for current sophomores or juniors of any major who are U.S.
citizens. Funding support for internships in Hong Kong, the Philippines and other
locations in Asia includes airfare, housing and living allowance. The deadline for
application is Feb. 2.
“This is a remarkable opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan students to build on the University’s
strengths in experiential learning and our commitment to developing global citizens,”
said Jonathan Green, provost and dean of the faculty. “Workplace and service learning
environments provide students with invaluable insights about new cultures in a way
that an international classroom cannot. By working with locals on shared projects,
these students will develop a deep appreciation and understanding of the people in
the communities they serve. We are grateful that the Freeman Foundation has recognized
the benefits this work will provide for our students and our partners in Asia.”
Students who will study next academic year at Lingnan University in Hong Kong may
apply for funding support. If funded, students must take as one of their courses the
service learning class that involves working with social service agencies in Hong
Internship opportunities are also available at several sites in the Philippines. Illinois
Wesleyan science students can be placed at several research sections of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), headquartered in Los Baños, in the province of Laguna.
“At IRRI, students will work alongside international and local scientists,” said Professor
of Sociology Teddy O. Amoloza, who led efforts to secure the grant and was a visiting
scholar at the rice institute in 1997. “IRRI has an active internship program.”
Chemistry students may intern at IRRI’s Grain Quality and Nutrition Center, for example,
while biology students may be placed at the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology
Division. Biology and environmental studies students have opportunities in the Crop
and Environmental Sciences Division as well. Internship opportunities for chemistry,
biology and environmental studies students are available at the C4 Rice Center, IRRI’s
most ambitious project, which seeks to convert rice into a crop using C4 (named for
four carbons) photosynthesis by manipulating its own genes. Students may also intern
in other IRRI departments (Finance, Donor Relations, Human Resource Services), among
Other internship opportunities in the Philippines include the Student Affairs Office
at St. Scholastica’s College in Manila or Bulacan’s Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, a social business incubator for countryside development.
“Gawad Kalinga is a nationwide NGO in the Philippines,” Amoloza explained. “I visited
their School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development last October. The array
of experiences they provide their interns is very, very impressive.”
Amoloza stressed that the IWU Asia Internship Program is open to all sophomores and
juniors who are U.S. citizens regardless of major. The Freeman Foundation grant will
also support internships in other parts of southeast and east Asia if IWU faculty
members will take the lead in arranging for placements. Amoloza said such arrangements
are currently underway for placements in Japan and through Hang Seng Management College
in Hong Kong.
“To function effectively in this global society where Asia plays a prominent role,
it is important, almost imperative, for our students not only to know about Asia but
to experience Asia as well,” said Amoloza. “This internship experience, whereby they
will be able to work alongside Asians, and in some cases other nationalities as well,
will give them that opportunity.”
More information about the program is available from Amoloza at firstname.lastname@example.org.