Internships throughout Japan with Meiji Internships

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One of many intercultural events. This time: Baking Italian Pizza.
One of many intercultural events. This time: Baking Italian Pizza.
Business Event in Fukuoka
Business Event in Fukuoka
Cherry blossom viewing party in Spring.
Cherry blossom viewing party in Spring.
BBQ Party organized by Meiji Internships.
BBQ Party organized by Meiji Internships.
Fun times will not come up short during your internship!
Fun times will not come up short during your internship!
Trying on traditional Japanese Yukata with our Meiji Interns
Trying on traditional Japanese Yukata with our Meiji Interns
Do you know the proper Shrine etiquette? No worries, you will learn everything you need to know on our culture tours.
Do you know the proper Shrine etiquette? No worries, you will learn everything you need to know on our culture tours.
Make new friends from all over the world!
Make new friends from all over the world!

About

Moving to Japan is a step into a whole new world. The land of the rising sun is truly timeless – a place where preserving ancient traditions and embracing modernity is balanced. As the third largest national economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP, Japan offers career opportunities in many different industries.

Travel, work, and live in some of Japan’s most beautiful places:
・Wander through Kitakyushu’s flower tunnels.
・Chase the best views of Mount Fuji.
・Explore the bamboo forest in the heart of Kyoto.
・Soak in an Onsen in Hokkaido, a classic Japanese experience.
・Eat your heart out in Japan’s food capital Osaka.

As your gateway to Asia, Meiji Internships will accompany you throughout your journey. Kick-start your international career with an unforgettable internship adventure in your industry and destination of choice. We work with an extended network of 750+ partner companies in 8 countries to help pave the way for your future!

Highlights
  • Fully Customizable: Choose from several industries and destinations according to your interests and talents.
  • Networking Opportunities: Gain work experience in global Japanese companies and establish crucial business connections to kickstart your future international career.
  • University Credit: University accredited internships in all major industries with 750+ host companies ranging from multinational corporations to innovative start-ups and influential NGOs across Asia.
  • Personal Development: Grow personally as well as professionally by challenging yourself every day through new and exciting projects.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Experience: Step out of your comfort zone and start exploring Asia! Take part in social activities, allowing you to make new friends from all over the world!

Apply now for your Winter Internship 2019!

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Questions & Answers

Yes, we do. However, depending on the destination and current availability, law companies might ask for specific prerequisites, e.g. foreign language abilities, relevant work experience and basic knowledge of applicable laws.
The age limit for the internship program is 16 to 30 years.

Reviews

97%
based on 24 reviews
  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.1
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Matteo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Happiness in the middle of nowhere

Last winter, I did a 3-months internship in Japan. I am from a very traditional town in Southern Italy, which is why I didn’t want to go to a city that is as crazy big as Tokyo or Kyoto. Fortunately, Meiji offers the Explore Japan internship program, which allowed me to specify my location goals. Although I didn’t think it would be possible, they found me an internship in my dream location: Hokkaido!

Yes, it was very cold. Yes, it was a bit secluded. But it was exactly what I was looking for in my internship. My company was a Ski resort/traditional Japanese ryokan (like a bed and breakfast) which opened around 2015. Since I see myself working in Tourism & Hospitality in the future, it was the perfect match. Most of my tasks revolved around customer service and a bit of marketing: checking in guests, helping with the rooms, taking photos and promoting the place on social media and external partner websites. Sometimes, I would work outside on the mountain side and help with ski lessons. It was possibly the most adventurous internship I will ever have and I loved every minute of it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The weather can be very extreme. If you want to intern in a company like mine be prepared to work outside in up to -20 degrees celsius conditions. Also, warm clothes are a must. And I can recommend having an international driving license as it will help you get around and explore the beautiful environment!
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serina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve been very hesitant about going to Japan since this would be my first time living apart from my parents and my friends. I thought that this was going to be too much for me since I have no idea about the first thing about independent living. (I don’t even know how to do laundry) but nevertheless, I just went for it since here lies the opportunity for me to learn not only something in my chosen industry but for me to be able to do some growing up on my own; This leap of faith is the best thing I ever did. I met tons of people, made a lot of friends, learned a lot from my very generous mentor. I just fell in love with the people and the place! I really am gonna miss the people I’ve met here. They were all so wonderful. <333333333333333333

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I advice future travelers to pack light, always keep in mind how heavy your luggage is going to be when you go on a shopping-spree, do not buy the data/internet thing at the airport because there's cheaper ones in Bic Camera, Pack rubbershoes or a very comfortable footwear for walking because you're going to do lots of walking, and for the most important part, be open and talk to people! have fun!! :)
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Nathaniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of a kind agency

Meiji Internships were very helpful and not only found me an internship placement in my industry of choice but took care of all paperwork, everyday affairs, visa questions and accommodation. Which makes all the difference when you arrive to a foreign country and are lost unless someone helps you. The full-on work experience taught me so much and prepared me for future jobs in HR and consulting. I have learnt more during my internship than I ever did in any classes at university. I especially enjoyed one project I worked on with people from all around the world. This was a very unique opportunity to work on my intercultural skills.
I am very grateful for Meiji Internships' care and support. I recommend them as the best out there. They are one of a kind!

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Sam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Setting new goals

I chose to come to Kyoto because it was a city I had visited before and knew it was a place I wanted to return to. There’s so much to do - culture, city, nature - and I wanted to give myself time to explore it all in greater depth and with more time on my hands. My internship allowed me to simultaneously learn about a different side of Japan: gender inequality. I worked in a start-up that mainly hired women. But that is by far not the norm. Usually, companies are run by men and women earn a lot less. If you look at numbers, it’s even crazier: Most working women are part-time employees, receiving small salaries and few benefits. Thanks to great networking opportunities, I got in touch with some more NGOs that work towards gender equality during my time. I am currently at uni, majoring in Gender studies. I am certain that I will return to Japan and make a difference. That’s my goal!

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Rick
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tokyo - my temporary home

Interning abroad is a one of a kind experience and such a unique opportunity to see the world from a different perspective while you’re young. I was slightly skeptical about the whole thing, but after interning with my company for about 2 weeks, I got the hang of it. The only thing that bugged me til the end of my stay was the fact that I did not know any Japanese. I wish I would have studied it more before coming to Japan because I never knew what my colleagues were talking about with one another. My favourite thing, however, was living in Tokyo. You don’t need to be a city slicker to love it. There are so many awesome getaways to places like Nikko, Mt Fuji, Hakone, Enoshima, Kamakura etc etc. Just get yourself a map of the Tokyo area, find something that sounds cool and go for it! I promise you it will make an awesome weekend getaway!

If you are uncertain whether or not to intern in the land of the rising sun, freaking go for it!

What was your funniest moment?
Karaoke with strangers! A group of random Japanese students just entered our Karaoke box by mistake and made friends with the Meiji interns. That was so funny and unforgetable. Only in Japan! haha
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Julia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in Tokyo: An honest review

Let me make this clear: I had a great time in Japan! However, I will be completely honest about my experience.
I signed up for a PR & Marketing / Business Development Internship in Japan. 2 months after applying, I had a Skype interview with my prospective host company. They asked me about my work experience (I have only done a short internship in High School so far) and my skills (I am in the 6th Semester of Business Administration). The company left a positive impression on me, so I decided to follow through with the internship. Having booked the Standard Package, Meiji arranged accommodation, a transportation and sim card and airport pick-up for me. Therefore, my arrival to Tokyo was very easy and I had no worries. I stayed in a ShareHouse with three other girls. One was French, two were American. I was hoping for a fellow German to exchange worries in my mother tongue, but my flat mates were very nice as well. I arrived on a Thursday. Friday I used to recover from my jet lag. On Saturday, Meiji hosted a cultural activity which I joined with one of my American flatmates. I was a lot of fun! On Sunday, we explored the city and went for Sushi. My first day of work was on Monday. I got to the office at 9am and met the president of the company as well as my colleagues. They taught me a lot and gave me great confidence that I should continue on following my dreams of having my own PR company one day. My tasks were not as exciting as I had hoped in the beginning (primarily proof reading and writing texts for SNS). But it makes sense, because I don’t really have any work experience. As time went by, my company entrusted me with more diverse tasks, which I loved! I highly recommend staying longer than 2 months because it takes some time to get the hang of it all. I stayed for 3 months and had a wonderful time overall.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be aware of hidden costs! When budgeting for your stay abroad don’t just think of accommodation. Also think of transportation, going out, events, travelling, shopping, groceries, beauty products, lunch, etc. If you are on a budget, I can advise you to research all these prices before you go.
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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Fukuoka

After applying for internships in Japan through Meiji Internships I was able to gain teaching experience in Fukuoka. My work was usually from 2-10 pm, where I advanced from a teaching assistant to running my own classes. My students were a pleasure to teach and I formed many good friendships with them that I hope to stay in touch with. My accomodation was simple but perfectly adequate and only a 25 minute walk to work. The area around my flat was excellent, as it included everything I could need: restaurants, shops, a subway, and sightseeing. On the weekends and I was able to explore Kyushu and experience so much that Japan had to offer. My major recommendation is Beppu, a city with amazingly coloured hot springs. I also loved trying Japanese food, especially foods that I had never heard of such as motsunabe (of course ramen and sushi were as delicious as you would expect). I highly recommend going to Japan as it is unlike any other country and an experience you will never forget.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Motsunabe, a stew of guts, served with horse sashimi
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Audrey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Experience!

I will be starting university in the fall with a double major in engineering and asian studies. As a result, I was hoping to be able to be connected with an engineering internship in Japan through Meiji, but realized this was a stretch considering my lack of prerequisite courses and experience in the field. I was a little hesitant to continue with an internship in tourism and marketing, but ultimately decided it would be a good opportunity to learn about Japanese business and daily life. I also reasoned that it would make doing a future internship in engineering much easier, as I would gain transferable skills and knowledge, as well as have many networking opportunities during my time here. My hopes turned out to be correct, and I was able to accomplish all of these goals and more during my time here! I was also glad that through Meiji I was able to secure an internship where I did actual valued work. I got the chance the organize university trips and create spreads for luxury travel packages (which I especially enjoyed since it gave me some experience in graphic design).

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have chosen to arrange my own accommodation. I try to see every difficulty as a learning experience, but one unnecessary complication to my stay was the sharehouse Meiji arrange for me. I am aware that it is difficult to find quality accommodation in Tokyo for a reasonable price, and I do appreciate the close location of my sharehouse to my internship, but I think it would have been worth the extra cost for me to find a superior accommodation on my own. Maybe it's a personal preference, but the sharehouse was just too dirty for me. I wish that Meiji had taken this into consideration when arranging my accommodation.
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Jasmine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fun learning experience!

This summer I worked with Meiji internship for finding me an internship in Tokyo. The process was very smooth and the staff replied email very fast. I applied for my summer intern very late and they helped me to land my intern in a few weeks.
I worked as a business (mainly finance) intern at a small company at Tokyo. I had a long term project about financial statements which allowed me to apply what I have learned into my daily work, and I also had a lot of short-term projects like clients meeting and product demos. The CEO of the company was also very knowledgeable and helpful along the way.
Besides work, I also got the chance to go around Tokyo and experience the fascinating Japanese culture.
It was a fun learning experience and I hope that I can come back to Tokyo again!

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Ioanna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Useful skills for future international career

This year, I had an amazing time during my business development internship in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a very exciting experience to live in a new culture that is so different from my own. I had the pleasure to learn a new language, be part of the Japanese culture and gained many amazing friends and work experience. During the week, I worked at my host company and gained valuable marketing skills. My company was international, therefore, I had the opportunity to observe how business differs around the world and in different cultures! I also attended many interesting networking event which gave me a good insight into how business is conducted in Asia. On the weekends, I went on different trips around Japan and explored Tokyo.

This entire time, Meiji was very helpful and a great support.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be cool to get more information on Western food places around the area where I lived. I love Japanese food, but eating mostly rice and Japanese bentos for the first two weeks made me quite bored.
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Jakob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hej Japan!

Hej! I am currently doing a working holiday in Japan. While I stay 10 months in total, I spent the first 2 months doing an internship in Fukuoka. To be 100 percent honest, I did not feel confident starting my adventure in Japan completely on my own, so I decided to do an internship before looking for an actual job. It was one of the best decision I have made in a very long time! I went with Meiji because I had read many good things about them and they helped me a lot. I did my internship with a local tourism company. That was the perfect start into the Japanese labour world. My favourite part about interning in Fukuoka was not only my internship itself, but also the activities arranged by Meiji. As I mentioned before, I felt a little insecure about embarking on this adventure on my own. But I met many cool people through Meiji’s activities and language exchanges. Internationals as well as Japanese! We even went on a backpacking trip to Kansai together!

In total, doing the internship with Meiji was the best start for my gap year! Thanks to the networking possibilities, I made many friends and found my first job in Japan that I started right after my internship ended. Meiji? Mange tak for alt dette!

What was your funniest moment?
Communicating with my Japanese Taxi driver only through Google Translate on my way from the airport. We had a great conversation though!
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Alina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience in Kansai!

I did a two months internship in Osaka after having a language course at Meiji in Fukuoka. The course really helped me communicating with people at my workplace and getting around. The company they placed me with was super cool and I met many people from all over the world, visiting Osaka or working there. I learned very much about the japanese working culture which is a little different from at home. The staff at Meiji was super accommodating through my whole time, from the first contact until the last days. They really made sure, I got what I wanted from my experience and a little more.

My boss was super nice as well and recommended local spots to me where I visited to relax.
I had very much fun with my co-workers and will definitely visit them the next time I am in Japan! :-)

What was your funniest moment?
Going to Nara with one of my friends and getting bumped into by deer fighting over the treats you can buy for them.
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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Photography Internship

I did my internship in Fukuoka, Japan. Meiji was very helpful in every step of the way. Going to another country to live and work in is not easy but the staff at Meiji were always there.
The staff was happy to assist with questions or complaints. The eight weeks that I spent in Japan were amazing. I had the opportunity to work as a photographer assistant. I learned a lot from my boss and was able to work on several projects like photo editing, shooting, video editing, color grading and much more.
I was able to meet local Japanese people my age and make new friends. Japan is a very safe place and the local people in Fukuoka are very friendly with foreigners. Overall my experience was great and I made many friendships and gained a lot of knowledge and new skills.

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Megan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Hokkaido

My time in Sapporo was absolutely astonishing! So many new things to experience everyday in this lovely town far up the north of Japan. Everything was beyond my expectations and I have learned so much during my time in my hospitality and tourism internship. It is really essential to make use of your key advantages as a foreigner, which is: your language and different mindset! Japanese people really appreciated my active approach and were always so kind, patient and welcoming. First I feared that other staff would see me as a burden and be cold towards me. Especially due to my Japanese being very very basic. Soon I was proven wrong! It was completely the opposite! Everybody was cheering me up, being always positive and tried their best to help me succeed in my tasks at managing and dealing with customer requests. Meiji was accommodating and supportive throughout my experience. They even had local staff who visited me and assisted me with any questions I had. I have to say that sometimes it is even better to try new things by yourself than relying too much on others. This Summer was definitely unforgettable.

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes less communication might be better. I do think interns should also have the chance to perform tasks by themselves without too much help from you guys. Nothing to complain about, just a small note from my side. Hope to see you all soon!
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Clara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Digital Marketing Internship

My internship was such a great experience. It was for me the second time in Asia but first time in Japan last Summer. My internship was in a digital marketing role to help advertise our new product to customers in Europe. I was also able to perform a customer market research to see how the response rate was for our products to Western customers.

The staff at Meiji was super friendly and helped me throughout the process. Just make sure to do the business workshop before as it really helps with overcoming the cultural differences. Japanese business world is really another level of communication and maneuvering around the hidden traps.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was great!

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