Program Specifics

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

In addition to the practical internship experience, U.S. participants will be enrolled in an Indonesian language and culture course which will provide intensive language instruction (60 contact hours). It is expected that the American student’s home institution will award credit for successful completion of the language and culture program. Indonesian participants will complete a course introducing them to NGOs, their purpose and their administration.

As part of the 9-week experience, from June 15 to August 13, 2011, the Freeman Interns will participate in a three-day orientation and a final capstone seminar in Jakarta, organized by IIE’s partner organization, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF). Internships and coursework will be arranged by IIEF in three cities: Bandung, Malang, and Yogyakarta. All program-related costs will be covered.

Upon returning to the U.S., students will be expected to share their experiences with peers on their home campuses and to explore ways to incorporate what they learned over the summer into their academic and professional careers.

***The FINIP Program will not be offered in Summer 2012. We hope to offer the program in the future.***

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program will provide American and Indonesian students with a hands-on experience in understanding the vital role that nonprofits can play in advancing Indonesia’s development, while creating opportunities for learning and exchange among service-minded young leaders in both countries.

The program will cover the following costs:

  • Visa fees
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Housing expenses
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Tuition and academic expenses charged by the host institutions in Indonesia
  • Health and accident insurance

Students will receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Other program-related costs will be paid directly on behalf of students or reimbursed to students.


Students will be responsible for the following additional costs:

  • Passport-related fees, if applicable
  • Travel vaccinations, if applicable
  • Tuition charged by the home institution, if applicable
  • Non-program related expenses
  • Personal expenses

Internships may be available in, but are not limited to, the following fields:

  • Arts
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Health

Applicants must indicate in their application the fields in which they are interested in being placed for their internship. Applicants may also specify other fields of interests not listed, keeping in mind that the internship will take place at an NGO. IIE will make an effort to match interns with an organization in their preferred fields. However, we cannot guarantee that students will be placed in one of their preferences. 

Indonesian Language and Culture Course Information

The Indonesian Language and Culture Course is a required component of the FINIP Program for U.S. participants. Home institutions are expected to award transfer credit or home institution credit for the course (i.e. the course will be pre-approved for credit or under review for credit approval post program completion).

The course will consist of 60 contact hours: Weeks 1-3 will consist of 16 hours each of the language and culture course; the remaining 12 hours of the course will be conducted once a week (3 sessions) thereafter and a final exam will be given. Visits to cultural sites and institutions and cultural activities will also be planned. 

Home institutions may determine the number of credits to award based on the suggested number of credits: 4 semester credits. An official transcript from one of the accredited host institutions below will be issued upon course completion.

Depending on the internship placement location, students will take the course at one of the three institutions below. Please click on the institution name to download the course syllabus.

Further questions regarding the course should be directed to finip@iie.org.

BIPA Program of The Indonesia University of Education, Bandung (175 KB, PDF)

BIPA Program of Brawijaya University, Malang (100 KB, PDF) 

Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course of Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta (172 KB, PDF)

The program flyer below, which includes basic information on the Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program, may be downloaded and copied for posting or distribution.

FINIP Flyer (131 KB, PDF)

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