Location
  • Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Nagoya
    • Osaka
    • Kyoto
    • Fukuoka
    • Okinawa
Length
4 to 24 weeks
Payment plans

Program Details

Compensation
Unpaid
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Language
English
Weekly Hours
40
Age Min.
15
Age Max
35
Qualifications
  • University or higher
  • Young Professionals are welcome to apply
  • High School Students are welcome to apply

Pricing

Starting Price
550
Price Details
We offer 4 programs in Japan - different programs, different prices

There are 2 fees:
The application fee and the Program Fee

The application fee is $550 and the program fee starts from $2,500 (4 weeks Internships + Basics program).
The program fee will be invoiced once your internship has been confirmed. It is also possible to pay in installments.
You'll get your money back if Zentern can't arrange your internship in Japan (terms apply).
What's Included
Activities Some Activities Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
Apr 08, 2024
Mar 06, 2024
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About Program

Choose from 4 different internship programs:

🌸 Internship + Culture
🎏 Internship + Japanese Lessons
🎌 Internship + Basics
👩‍💻 Online / Remote Internship

Japan's calling! Immerse in a whole new culture and experience daily life as a local.
With a wide variety of internships available, you can choose your field of interest and start getting some valuable work experience under your belt.
No Japanese is needed.
Interested in learning Japanese too? Join our Internship + Language Program!

Get in touch with us through our website: we'd love to meet you and find out more about how we can provide you with an unforgettable experience!
See you in Japan!

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Program Highlights

  • Earn transferrable College Credit!
  • Intern, travel and learn the language in Japan!

Program Reviews

4.98 Rating
based on 46 reviews
  • 5 rating 97.83%
  • 4 rating 2.17%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
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  • Growth 4.9
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 5
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Christian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Software Engineer Internship

I recently completed a five-month internship in Tokyo, Japan, facilitated by Zentern, and I couldn't be more grateful for their outstanding service. Coming from the Netherlands, I always dreamed of experiencing Japan's unique work culture and exploring the country. Zentern made this dream a reality by helping me find an incredible internship in software engineering, arranging all necessary details for my stay in Tokyo.

Zentern's support was invaluable from start to finish. From the moment I reached out, they were attentive and helpful, ensuring I found a placement that matched my skillset. They helped with everything from visa arrangements to finding accommodation, which made the entire process seamless. The staff was friendly and always available to answer any questions, providing a reassuring presence throughout my stay.

Living and working in Tokyo was an extraordinary experience. The city is vibrant and the people are incredibly kind. My internship allowed me to gain new experiences within software engineering, mainly targeting robotics, and provided hands-on experience. This experience not only enriched my professional skills but also gave me invaluable insights into Japanese work ethics and culture.

Tokyo offers something for everyone, from enjoying traditional Japanese culture and historic buildings to exploring shrines and experiencing modern, futuristic attractions. The food is amazing and surprisingly affordable, adding to the overall experience.

Beyond professional growth, this internship boosted my personal development. Being so far from home on my own significantly enhanced my independence and confidence. Socializing with the Japanese was a rewarding experience, and during my time there, I had the pleasure of meeting many new people and forming meaningful connections. In my last month, I forged a particularly special bond and found myself in a wonderful relationship. This highlighted the incredible opportunities for interpersonal connections that Japan offers.

I highly recommend Zentern to anyone looking to intern in Japan. Their dedication and comprehensive support made my time in Tokyo unforgettable. If you're considering an internship abroad, Zentern is the perfect partner to help you navigate and enjoy the experience fully.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I had the chance to do it all over again, one thing I would change is to better prepare with the language. While I did learn some Japanese before arriving, I now realize that I could have benefited from a more intensive language study regimen. As I ventured further into the outskirts of Tokyo, I encountered fewer English speakers, making communication more challenging at times. Looking back, I wish I had dedicated more time to learning the language, perhaps even enrolling in a language school during weekends to immerse myself further. Improving my language skills would have undoubtedly enhanced my overall experience and made my stay in Japan even more enriching.
Pros
  • Comprehensive support from Zentern ensured a smooth transition into my internship in Tokyo.
  • The internship offered valuable opportunities for professional growth in software engineering.
  • Living in Tokyo facilitated immersive cultural experiences, broadening my horizons.
1 person found this review helpful.
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Lily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

I was hesitant at first, but speaking with Zentern put me at ease as they knew exactly what I was looking for. I chose Zentern as they seemed to be the most familiar with the Japanese market and i wanted to make sure that I got the chance to work with a local agency.
Within a few weeks, they confirmed my internship at a local design firm in Tokyo. My team was truly amazing!! Japan is also a great place for solo travelers and I felt very safe during my stay. The weekend trips with the other interns were a lot of fun! I learned more about Japanese culture and the tea ceremony workshop was one of my favorites. Loved Kamakura too!
Thank you Zentern for this amazing experience! I definitely recommend this program.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My boss allowed me to present my design work to a potential client. Luckily the client was fluent in English. The meeting went great, they chose some parts of my design for their brochure so all in all it was nerve-racking but a great success in my opinion.
Pros
  • Cost performance is amazing (I went for the culture program)
  • I grew a lot and become more independent
  • I learnt more about what skills are needed to have a successful career
Cons
  • A bit overwhelming at first if you're not used to taking public transportation everyday
  • As a vegetarian, it was a bit difficult sometimes to find places with vegetarian options
18 people found this review helpful.
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Jake
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent service for a fulfilling internship experience

Finding an internship suited to my aspirations came easy for Zentern. They walked me through practice interviews and I landed a job quickly. Upon arriving Tokyo, they made sure I had proper accommodation and prepared me to begin working in a Japanese environment. Further, during its duration, I felt secure knowing that they had my back in case of an emergency.

After taking lectures on the Japanese language program, I was soon able to communicate and feel more comfortable getting around the city and ordering at restaurants.

100% recommended.

21 people found this review helpful.
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Carolina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Internship Experience in Tokyo with Zentern.

I recently completed a three-month internship in Tokyo, and it was an amazing experience! The entire process was smooth from the very first meeting. Noa was always prompt in responding to my emails and kindly answered any questions I had. She made sure I knew that I could contact her if I ever needed anything, both before and after my arrival in Japan. She also checked in on me to see how things were going, not only with my internship but also with adjusting to the city, which was reassuring.

I opted for the Internship + Japanese lessons program and the lessons with Satomi 先生 were really enjoyable and fun. I feel my Japanese has improved thanks to her. The Zentern team also organized outings with the other interns. Since it was during the Christmas holidays, I had the chance to see the lights at Shinjuku Park and visit the Meiji-Jingu Christmas Market, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I'm really glad I chose Zentern as my internship coordinator and to have had this opportunity in Japan. It was an experience I will always treasure and never forget. I highly recommend it to anyone considering doing an internship in Japan!

22 people found this review helpful.
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Riad
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship at Haloworld Inc.

I had a truly exceptional experience that taught me a great deal about both my field of study and Japanese culture. I want to express my gratitude to Noa Berendson, Tempuu Siva, and Tetsushi Hoshino for their assistance and guidance throughout my journey. Working under Tetsushi-san's supervision was a pleasure, and I had a comfortable and stimulating work environment. The skills and knowledge I gained will undoubtedly benefit me in my academic pursuits. My time in Japan left me with a wonderful impression, and I hope to return soon.

Pros
  • All types of support
  • Uniqueness
  • I recived everything that was promised to me
Cons
  • Housing options were limited and expensive
37 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Zentern - A great way to explore Japan

To anyone who does not know Japanese but is considering coming to Japan for work experience or just to explore the culture, Zentern is a great stepping stone to get you started! Not only did they help me find an internship position within only a month, I am also very satisfied with the role I got as it matches my career goals. I was interested in UX and landed an internship position that allowed me to assist the company in developing their website, it was so much fun and I could not ask for a better job.

It's also important to note that I did not have any work experience so it was really helpful for them to go through each and every step with me such as resume, cover letter, and even interview prep. I truly enjoyed my time in Japan and am grateful to meet so many new friends from around the globe through the activities Zentern organized for us.

P.S. One piece of advice I would give is that it's best to look for accommodation as soon as you land an offer since there are limited options!

Pros
  • Job Placement
  • Fun Activities
  • Helpful Staffs
53 people found this review helpful.
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yamato
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Zenterns Feedback

The internship in Japan was an invaluable experience. The cultural immersion provided a unique perspective and broadened my horizons. The work environment was highly professional, fostering growth and learning. The team was supportive, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. The projects assigned were challenging yet rewarding, allowing me to apply my skills and expand my expertise. The exposure to Japanese business practices and work ethic was enlightening. Overall, the internship in Japan surpassed my expectations, leaving me with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture.

52 people found this review helpful.
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Kyle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Japan

My first time in Japan and internship experience with Zentern surpassed all expectations. They truly understood my needs and provided excellent guidance throughout the process. As a first year marketing student, I was unsure about the specific work I would enjoy. However, Zentern ensured I had the opportunity to explore various tasks at a well-suited company. During my time in Japan I got to travel and meet lots of people. I will miss Japan and the friendships I made. This unforgettable experience will forever hold a special place in my heart!

Pros
  • You'll meet many people from all over the world
  • Japan is beautiful and has amazing food!
  • Great guidance and friendly staff
Cons
  • Since I didn't speak the language fluently, I really wish I had studied a bit before coming to Japan.
56 people found this review helpful.

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