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Interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics

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The Japanese capital of Tokyo is easily one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting cities. As a global hub for business, entertainment, and culture, it’s a top destination for people from around the globe. No matter where you are in your career, interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics will give you a competitive edge. Summer 2020 is perhaps the best and most unique time for young professionals to head to Tokyo, as the 32nd Summer Olympics will be taking place. This impressive event, which takes place only once every four years,  will draw over 600,000 international visitors to Japan in the span of just a few weeks. 

Here’s everything you need to know about interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics:

Interning in Japan in summer 2020 during the Olympics is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Interns will witness and be immersed in the Japanese infrastructure and economy at its peak. Additionally, as the Olympic Hosts, the most vibrant aspects of Japanese culture will be on display, making it the very best time to intern abroad in Japan. This also applies to professional opportunities – Innumerable companies, both large and small, are involved in the preparation for the Games, creating a unique chance for interns to take part. From marketing to finance to events coordination, the 2020 Olympics open up opportunities for young professionals in any industry. 


When are the Olympic Games?

The Summer Olympics will take place over several weeks at the end of July and the beginning of August 2020. If you are considering interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics, apply for a program starting at the beginning of June or July. Consider a 2 or 3-month program to give yourself enough time! Ideally, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully immersed and settled in before the games start. 

Why Tokyo?

Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic games back in 2013. The city has long been a top international destination and has hosted the Olympics before, in 1964. With a world-renowned food scene, extremely low levels of crime and phenomenal public transit, it’s the perfect city for a global event. Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium will host the Summer 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

What types of events will be taking place?

If you don’t have tickets to the Games themselves, there’s no shortage of things to do during the summer in Tokyo. Additional events include summer festivals and fireworks shows, as well as a world-famous baseball tournament! Of course, as an intern, you’ll also have trips planned throughout the summer to see the top sights and experiences. Previous interns have gone on day trips to Mount Fuji, undertaken sushi-making workshops, and visited Tokyo Tower!


interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics


What’s included in the program?

Young professionals interning in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics benefit from a full-service program. Interns live together in centrally-located shared housing and take part in a wide variety of professional and cultural events. Interns in Japan have access to professional career training and expert advice. Each intern is guided through every step of the process by our team. Our local team will help with visas, airport pickup and more. They are also on the ground and available 24/7 throughout your time in Japan.


Apply now to intern in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics!



Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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