Internship in Japan Program
- What's Included
- Language Study
- The Experience
- Dates & Program Fees
Internship in Japan Program
Our internship in Japan program offers comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion for outstanding candidates from all over the world. We offer internships in Tokyo across all career fields and are proud to partner with a range of leading companies and organizations.
Tokyo is the cultural and industrial hub of Japan that will leave you wanting more. An internship in Japan offers successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable professional experience in one of the most important cities and countries in Asia, all while growing their global network and boosting their resume. The opportunities are endless in Tokyo. Our Japan internship program will set you apart in competitive job markets around the world.
If you are looking to visit Asia and launch your career with a leading internship, Japan is the obvious choice. Tokyo is a hub for commerce, finance, engineering, communications and innovation. The city has been described as one of the world’s three “command centers” alongside London and New York. It is the cradle from which companies like Sony, Canon and Honda rose to immeasurable heights. Here you will find the best of the world’s elite: top-tier law firms, world class fashion designers, leading engineers and financial giants. Those accepted onto our Japan internship program have the chance to gain vital professional experience and industry exposure on a global level.
Our program offers much more than a leading internship. Japan is one of the most important and impressive cities in Asia and we want you to find out why. We provide all of the support necessary to ensure that your experience is professionally and personally rewarding. Accommodation, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included alongside your internship in Japan.
You will form lifelong friendships with other program participants, forge long-lasting connections in Tokyo, and become part of our global alumni network after the program.
Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our internship in Japan program is selective.
Apply today for an internship in Japan and gain a major head start with The Intern Group.
Japan’s capital juxtaposes ancient traditions with innovation and futuristic functionality. From ancient Shinto shrines, sumo tournaments and cherry blossom viewing festivals to the world’s tallest tower, multistorey arcade centers, and more michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is the perfect combination of customs and innovation.
There is no better city for your international internship, whatever your interests are. Budding business and finance professionals need look no further. Tokyo is one of the world’s most important financial hubs and home to over 50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world. If your interests lie in the creative fields, Tokyo will provide you with the burst of inspiration that you need to set yourself apart from your peers, as Japan’s center of culture, communications and media. Be inspired by the home of Manga and Anime. The world’s most populous metropolitan area is also a world economic, gastronomic and industrial center. There really is something for everybody in Tokyo.
Often described as a city of cities, Tokyo is home to diverse districts with something for everyone. Head to the heart of the city and take a step back in time. Check out the Imperial Palace and public parks galore. Wander down the cobbled streets of Asakusa and visit the stunning Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Fast forward to the future and explore Akihabara, the home of all things electronic and the heart of all things anime, manga and videogame culture. Why not play the day away in a game center, a multi floor arcade? Head over to the business and entertainment district, Shinjuku, and stand in awe of the skyscrapers and take a trip up to the top of Skytree, the tallest tower in the world.
Head over to Ginza, Tokyo’s unrivalled shopping district, and visit the glamorous galleries, restaurants and bars. If the neon lights of Tokyo get too much for you, take a break in Ueno Park. Check out the cherry blossom trees and visit some of Tokyo’s most prestigious museums.
At a glance, Tokyo is one of the world’s most modern metropolises, bursting with skyscrapers and abounding with innovation. Zoom into the cobbled streets and traditional gardens and you’ll soon notice that it is Japan’s ancient customs that are the life and soul of Tokyo. The world’s most populous metropolitan area is the ideal location for your international internship.
Visa Requirements for Japan
An internship in Japan that lasts fewer than 90 days without remuneration of any kind is regarded as a voluntary activity and can be conducted with a Temporary Visitor Visa. Program participants whose nationality is shown on the list HERE (except Bruneian, Indonesian, Thai, and UAE passport holders) enjoy visa exemption for entry into Japan for 90 days, provided that additional immigration regulation is met. Immigration regulations are constantly changing so it is advised to pay attention to updates on that page before applying to the Tokyo internship program.
An internship in Japan that lasts more than 90 days without remuneration of any kind would require a different entry arrangement, regardless of nationality. The Intern Group will provide comprehensive assistance for all participants.
For program participants who do not enjoy visa exemption and those from Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, UAE, it would be required to apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa in the Japanese Embassy/Consulate-General in your current location.
While we provide guidance and support throughout the visa application process, the cost of visa is not included in the program fee. It is recommended that you submit the visa application at least 4 weeks but not earlier than 3 months before your scheduled start date.
Due to visa restrictions, applicants from Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Macedonia, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria and Palestine are not currently eligible for the internship in Japan program.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.
Private Bedroom in Shared Accommodation
We provide you with accommodation in the safest and best areas of Tokyo. Some of the areas we place interns in are Itabashi-ku, Kōtō-ku, Edogawa-ku, Taito-ku, Katsushika-ku and Kokubunji-shi, although the exact location won’t be confirmed until a few weeks before your arrival.
We offer a private bedroom in a mixed gender, shared accommodation.
The accommodation is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival and comes with bedsheets and internet as standard. The apartment is cleaned weekly by professional cleaners. You will find all the essential shops and a good variety of restaurants in the vicinity. The Intern Group takes great care to ensure that all our housing options are located within a reasonable commute (about 60 minutes is normal) to your work by bus, metro or walking. Participants are never asked to share bedrooms.
Private studios are also available upon request at additional cost. If you wish to stay in a private studio please inform our staff at least 8 weeks prior to your start date and we will provide you with further details.
All participants on The Intern Group program automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages.
In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our Tokyo internship program provides you with the following:
A full array of top class professional development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional development suite.
- Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
- Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
- A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
- A personalized, one hour session with a professional Alumni Success Coach. Our experienced career coaches specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. You choose from our portfolio of experts who you would like to guide you through your next steps after your international internship. *Eligible for interns interviewed after June 1st, 2017.
Your first month’s transportation in Tokyo to and from work: We provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for the first month of your stay, giving you free use of Tokyo’s metro system, buses and trains for your work commute! With your first month’s work commute covered, you can focus on settling into this amazing city and excelling in your internship.
A full calendar of social and cultural events: Our full-time local team in Tokyo knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it. The Tokyo internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:
Mt Fuji Day Trip
Enjoy a fully-guided day trip to the famous Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Mount Komagatake and see the stunning Japanese landscape in a deluxe coach. Marvel at the grandeur of this UNESCO-listed site and discover its cultural importance among the Japanese people.
A trip to the top of one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, followed by a meal in a famous Japanese restaurant nearby.
Tsukiji market tour and Sushi workshop
Tour the best sushi neighborhood in the world. Learn the arts of Japanese sushi from a master sushi chef and capture the very essence of Edo-mae cuisine.
Japanese food tour
Enjoy 7+ mouth-watering Japanese food tastings and discover the hidden gems in Izakaya. Taste the classic Japanese experience as we journey through Tokyo’s busiest area in Shinjuku.
An active international community in Tokyo where optional meet-ups are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime.
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in Tokyo are all experts on the city and are incredibly proud of it– they want to show you why. They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in Tokyo as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship.
Japanese consumers spend hundreds of billions of dollars per year on food, clothing, travel and entertainment. It is the world’s third largest economy and the second most developed in the world. Japanese is a gateway to other Asian markets and languages and those who speak it will have access to virtually limitless opportunities.
The Intern Group partners with a leading Japanese language school in Tokyo. They offer evening and private Japanese courses for all language learners, with a focus on laying a solid foundation on the pronunciation and tones.
Book your language course with The Intern Group and let us get everything arranged for when you arrive.
Starting from scratch or advancing through practice – pick the class that’s perfect for you.
Evening courses are a total of 20 hours – the curriculums are set for familiar scenes that the students will be able to use from the next day. They are conducted in small sizes, which enables you to have plenty of interaction with a teacher.
In this class, students learn important expressions and strategies needed to promote smooth communication at work and conduct business activities including telephone conversations, business correspondence and making appointments, according to the level of the student. Students also practice proper speech and polite expressions suitable for business scenes.
Private lessons are one-on-one with your teacher. Semi-private lessons are small size group lessons. Lessons cover various proficiency levels, from elementary level for students who have just arrived in Japan, to advance level for those wanting to practice technical terms as a business person. All teachers are skilled professionals in Japanese teaching and have a knowledgeable command of business. Lesson contents, day and time, and place can be arranged according to your request.
All options are available at all times of the year. Contact our team for the latest pricing.
This is the Tokyo Experience. The Intern Group in Tokyo will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Tokyo includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Tokyo:
*Note: The cost of the program is fixed in Japanese Yen. The approximate equivalents in other currencies are displayed here only for your convenience.*
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Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Financial Aid Recipients– If you are a college student in the US receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Canada receiving the Canada Student Grant (CSG), you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the Japan Internship Program, please click here.
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Submit application online.
Schedule an interview by phone or skype with our admissions team.
Evaluation of your interview and resume/CV by our admissions team.
If you are accepted into the program, congratulations!
Confirm your place in the program by making a deposit of 500 British Pounds.
Half of balance due
50% of your remaining fee is due within 30 days of enrollment. Our money-back guarantee covers you through the entire process.
Remaining balance due
You will be asked to pay the remaining balance within 21 days of having your internship role confirmed.
Pack your bags
You are ready to start the adventure of a lifetime!