Internship in Japan: Paid and unpaid opportunities all over Japan!
83% Rating
(7 Reviews)

Internship in Japan: Paid and unpaid opportunities all over Japan!

Internship in Japan is the leading internship provider in Japan.
Based in the heart of Tokyo since 1988 we have the largest database of exciting Internship opportunities for our clients.

From Finance to Fashion, Robotics to Journalism, Game Design to Event Management, IT to Trade. It's all here!

We have something to match your goals. Even if you do not speak the language or know about the culture, the world is open to you.

Every step of the way our multinational team is always here to assist, providing 24 hr support, insurance and services for anything you need.

Don't let the competition get ahead, start your future today.
Internship in Japan will supercharge your career!

Apply today!

  • Career making
  • Memories for life
  • Friends for life
  • Unique experience
  • Language Courses
Art History
Computer Science
Culinary Arts
International Business
Performing Arts
Academic Year
Spring Break
Year Round
Host Family
Travel Insurance
Weeks Min.
Age Min.
Starting Price
Price Details
Before you arrive:
- Guaranteed internship placement
- Resume and cover letter check
- Interview coaching
- Career consultation and training
- Internship preparation and training
- Pre arrival documentation

In Japan:
- Insurance
- 24/7 emergency support!
- International parties & networking
- Orientation on arrival in our office
- Counselling / Consultation during office hours on Skype
- Free study space at ICC during office hours with FREE Wi-Fi and drinks
- Your own senpai
- Japanese lessons (Depends on the chosen program)
- Field trips (Depends on the chosen program)

At the end of your internship:
- Certificate of completion
- If you did a great job, we are happy to recommend you to our network
- Whenever you are back in Japan, tell us and we'll invite you to our parties with all the other alumni!
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Questions & Answers

Hello Ziyi She, The internships we offer are usually unpaid, but some host companies might offer benefits such as train fee reimbursement, free lunches, accommodation etc. These benefits depend of the sector, internship duration and policy of host companies.
If you look at their page they say, "Even if you do not speak the language or know about the culture, we will be here to advise you, train you and provide you with all the necessary support that you will need to make your internship a resounding success!" So apply!
Hi there! It's the Internship in Japan team. We are happy to inform anyone wondering about this that there is no age limit anymore, so feel free to contact us and we will tell you what's possible according to your profile!

Program Reviews

based on 7 reviews
  • Growth 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 8.1
  • Safety 9
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Exactly what I hoped for.

This was a great program. I needed an overseas internship to complete my degree and wanted to do it in Japan. Japan is not an easy country to find internships in, but they were able to find me an internship for the summer that was directly related to my field of study. The company was supportive during my entire internship and have continued to be a supportive of me after my internship came to a close.
The company holds parties every month or so and they are always a good time.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in interning in Japan.

Yes, I recommend
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One of the best experiences of my life!

I was a bit skeptical at first, because of my interest in doing an internship related to game development and illustration, but ICC really delivered. (I was actually recommended by a friend at school!) I could not have asked for a cooler job experience, in central Tokyo, doing what I love to do. My agent was very invested in finding something that would be appropriate for my skill set. My college required a lot of stressful paperwork but ICC made sure all of that got signed for me. While the cost may seem high, the agency does most of the hard work for you, and the only things you have to worry about are preparing your portfolio, resume, etc., and the interview process.

The Internship in Japan staff was super friendly and helpful and I could tell they genuinely cared about each and every person under their wing. They held parties every now and then and it was fun to talk and connect with the other interns.

I was in Japan for 6 months, and spent every weekend and holiday thoroughly exploring Tokyo and other areas. I've been to themed cafes, concerts, various anime/manga and game conventions, and too many shrines and temples to count. Japan is beautiful, fun, and safe, and I'm so glad I decided to do an internship there through ICC.

Yes, I recommend
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Internship in japan 2017

Upon coming to Japan, I had never worked in a business type setting that I knew I was going to be working for, so I had no expectations. First off, ICC's help was tremendously appreciated & needed. From the very start, everything was explained through a skype interview (not a stressful interview, but like a "getting to know you & the company" sort of interview) anyways, they helped me with every stage of the process, from choosing my preferred job, to practice interview questions and accommodation.

Landing in Japan, I was actually quite nervous. I have travelled to Japan over 25 countries alone before & have never felt this nervous before. I then met the team whom I had been seeing in my skype interviews, face to face, which was nice, they then explained about the work culture, home culture and expected standards in Japan & a lot of that nervous feeling went away.

I had 2 days to settle into my new home, which ICC recommended me to a company that has a bunch of share homes throughout Japan & Korea. I then started work on Monday. As all things new, it was a little daunting. But, I soon got used to my position & what I was doing there seemed so familiar in the end that I didn't want to leave. At the start of the internship I was always going to my supervisors (2) for jobs to complete, however by the end of my internship, I was working with everyone on small & big jobs and really felt like part of the team.

Post- Internship, I'm glad I did it, I'm glad I went outside of my comfort zone and took this chance. I have now made friends from all over the world & I believe that having this experience has prepared me in finding a future job after I complete my university degree.

A couple of tips would be to familiarize yourself with your new home & work place, I frequently went for walks & was constantly finding things, places & shops I wouldn't have known about otherwise, also this may come in handy if you get lost or run out of battery power on your phone.

How can this program be improved?
I think maybe having a closed group on Facebook, for the time that the person is completing the internship would be great, to first talk to people having a similar experience as you. I couldn't attend one of the parties, but i would have loved to meet different people undertaking different internships.
Yes, I recommend
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An unforgettable month in Tokyo

Internship in Japan allowed me to test the waters in the Japanese corporate world while enjoying the full support of a team of professionals. I spent a month in Tokyo, where I worked in a international law firm. Despite the sometimes long and exhausting hours, the experience was a real eye-opener. I major in law, but through this internship I learnt so much about the actual work in the legal sector that I could never have gleaned simply through university. I was even lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on a business trip to another part of the country! My colleagues were all kind and helpful, especially my boss, and the same can be said of the Internship in Japan staff who regularly checked up with my firm and I to see how I was doing.

I was placed by Internship in Japan into a share-house with both Japanese and other foreigners, and while it was not the cleanest place ever, the share-house environment was like a family and it turned out to have been one of the best things about my internship. I was left with so many unforgettable memories with the friends I made there.

My weekends (and sometimes even after work hours) were whiled away exploring Tokyo and its neighbouring areas. Whether you prefer soaking up sunlight on a lazy Saturday morning underneath a canopy of the last of the year's autumn foliage, or strolling through a winter dreamscape of thousands upon thousands of lavish Christmas lights, Tokyo is guaranteed to find some way to make you fall in love. For anyone who is considering going on this internship, I truly recommend getting out as much as you can, and keeping your mind open to trying out all sorts of new things.

For me, this internship has been an excellent stepping stone in the path to my future career, and it has definitely further fueled my desire to work in Japan again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Challenging and Fun

I'll be honest and go straight to the point. The paperwork and interview stage is stressful, but once you get past that and relax a bit, you'll see that ICC Consultants is a very friendly and helpful company, with a great, positive staff. There's a very good reason why you're asked to provide so many details and information about your skills and experience, and that reason is that the company puts in a lot of effort to make sure you're placed in a position that fits you and your personality and doing a job that brings you enjoyment and satisfaction. At least, this was my experience.

I can only think of one minus point, namely that I wasn't provided with a relevant link for my internship, which led to a rather awkward moment at the interview. However, this was just a simple misunderstanding that can happen to anyone and was very easily remedied.

I think the most important thing about this program is that it pushed me to challenge myself and do things I wouldn't have thought I can do. Looking back, I will admit that some days were exhausting, but overall I feel exhilarated and more self-confident. The wonderful support I received from ICC and the company I interned at also helped a lot. I hope everyone gets a chance in their lifetime to work with such supportive and positive people.

Yes, I recommend
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Total Rip Off

Doing an internship through Internship in Japan is simply not worth it. You pay far too much money for just mediocre service, and an even worse internship. I only did it because of personal circumstances, and now I regret it.

First of all, if you want to do an internship in Asia, but are not sure which country to choose, DO NOT choose Japan. Living costs and programs for other countries are often MUCH cheaper, and you can get pretty much the same quality (and availability of) internships.

If your goal is to live in Japan long-term, DO NOT come through an internship. The odds are extremely low you will be hired, and then it will be too late to look for other jobs. The easiest way is to come teaching English, learn the language, and then change your job.

Anyway, on to my review of Internship in Japan. I had problems with the following they claimed to offer:
1) Guaranteed internship placement: for a company that has been placing foreigners in Japanese companies since 2012, you would think that they have a huge database of companies eager to place inexperienced foreigners in entry-level positions. No. If you don't have the proper background for your field, and if you can't speak Japanese, your options are extremely limited. They searched for 3 months to find me a finance internship, but to no avail (I ended up doing one in another field).
2) The career coaching and training: make sure you ask for it. They never gave me the pre-arrival orientation, and only gave me the internship orientation after I asked. Pathetic, huh?
3) Free Japanese lessons. Bogus! They give you a website with a few videos of the most basic, useless Japanese conversation. You're better off watching YouTube videos.
4) Health insurance: No, it's only basic accident insurance.
5) Certificate of completion: Never got it.

They don't always respond to messages, which I found disgusting. They also never once sent me a message asking how I was doing, or how the internship was going. In other words, once they get your money, they couldn't care less about you.

When searching for internships, they really keep you in the dark. I even had to recommend internships FROM THEIR OWN WEBSITE to contact. Only then did they consider them. Unbelievable!

As for the internship itself, as I mentioned, no one from the agency checked in with me. Also, my boss was not interested in teaching me anything: I was just free labor. Sometimes, there was nothing for me to do, even after I asked for more assignments. My boss was so out-of-touch that I could get away with watching YouTube videos during work hours. Never once did he comment on my performance, and didn't try to give me extra projects until I asked. I ended up quitting 2 weeks early since it was becoming just a waste of time with no benefit. Without even a Thank You, his parting words to me were, "Good luck." If you choose to do an internship with Internship in Japan, my parting words to you are the same.

Response from Internship in Japan

Hello John,

We are sorry to hear that you did not get the experience you wanted in Japan. Concerning the facts which made you feel disappointed, here are our comments:
1) Yes, we guarantee the internship placement, however, the intern`s background is as much important. Since you do not have any Finance or Law related education or background, no fluency in Japanese and most of your work experience is English teaching, unfortunately, it was not possible to place you in a big finance corporation as you wanted. And this fact was explained to you during the initial consultation. Nevertheless you desired to proceed.
2) All orientations are scheduled in advance and done on scheduled days. In case the intern arrives earlier/later than expected, then the orientation is done individually. However, it is the responsibility of the intern to let us know in advance about the arrival date.
3) We do not provide free Japanese lessons. Yes, we only recommend a free Japanese textbook to learn conversational Japanese.
4) The insurance we provide is a a wide range Travel Insurance which covers 100% everything from common cold to accidents, staying in hospital fees etc.
5) The Certificate of Completion is only given to interns who completed the internship. Since you left earlier, you did not receive it.

Thus, we totally understand that doing an internship in Japan is a challenging and sometimes difficult experience. That is why we do consultations in the beginning to explain the content of the program and available positions based on a candidate skills. All the options which matched your profile were presented to you for consideration.

No, I don't recommend
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A great experience-builder!

I interned with a small start-up through IIJ for less than a month and it was a great experience!

The IIJ experience usually begins with some Skype video calls to gauge which business would work best with your interests but it is advisable to schedule such inquiries as far as advance as possible to get the most opportunities possible! Anyhow, the interviews themselves went smoothly and I appreciated the flexibility of the staff to work with my tight schedule.

While I spoke little Japanese, I still managed to contribute to the company that I was assigned to, primarily through creating a marketing program towards attracting international clients living in Japan as well as assisting Japanese clients in their English. As with the previous review, I've learned a lot of how businesses work within Japan as well as providing an important perspective check on etiquette when conducting business abroad.

Throughout my internship, I had IIJ staff ensuring that they would touch base with me on a consistent basis and ensuring that my experience went smoothly. There's also networking opportunities with fellow foreign interns as well as Japanese interns heading abroad who are in a sister program.

If you're interested in interning in Japan, this is a worthwhile agency to work with!

How can this program be improved?
Ditto on the international parties! On a broader scale, maybe more opportunities to network on the professional scene?
Yes, I recommend

About Internship in Japan

Internship in Japan is the leading internship provider in Japan.
Based in the heart of Tokyo since 1988 we have the largest database of exciting Internship opportunities for our clients.

From Finance to Fashion, Robotics to Journalism, Game Design...