Internships throughout Japan with Meiji Internships

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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!
One of many intercultural events. This time: Baking Italian Pizza.
One of many intercultural events. This time: Baking Italian Pizza.

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!

It's time to apply at Meiji Internship to find your Winter internship 2019!
Fill out our non-binding estimate and we will contact you to customize your Internship Program in Asia.

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 26 reviews
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.1
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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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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved it!!

My two months business development internship was amazing! I was involved with digital marketing and also a project to research overseas customers for a new project they planned to launch in Europe. I highly recommend the business workshop. It paid off for making valuable business contacts in the end. Business Ettiquetts in Japan are really a big thing. Some people can get easily offended if you don't treat their business card with respect or don't know what "KY" is. So many hidden traps in Japan's business world...sigh

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was great!
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Maximilian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Event Management Internship

Challenging, fast pace, always busy and never boring. Thats how i could describe my two months internship i had at an event management company here in Fukuoka. One has to understand doing an internship here in japan won't give you any special status of treatment by the other staff. I haven't received extra care and was treated like every other employee, which was a very good thing! Respect and trust was earned through hard work and i was even appointed the responsibility to lead my own student event from beginning to end.

A great thing working for an event company is you see so many business facets from planing the event, to doing the promotion and also managing the overall budget for it.

I learned so much from this experience and made valuable business contacts for my future career. Japan we will meet sooner than later!! Arigato!!!

What would you improve about this program?
The staff at Meiji Academy did a great job and were very supportive throughout my internship. If there is anything that could be improved it would be making people more aware of how important it is to do some Japanese studies before the internship. I was lucky enough that I did the business workshop and three weeks of Japanese. My other friend skipped it and the difference was later so obvious in the internship.
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Betty
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Japan's Silicon Valley

I have never been to Japan and the temptation was really big to make the move. It just felt so exciting and arousing at the same time to go to a place I have never been and where the culture is completely different from back home. Tokyo, Kyoto and the other cities seemed too overrated and did not really caught my attention. So why not go somewhere most people even haven't heard of: Fukuoka! I decided to give is a chance and the good news: I have not regret it any single day! Vibrant nightlife, endless shopping opportunities, unique local culture & food, Fukuoka got me in a heart beat. It is unbeatable my favorite destination to work and live, not just in Japan. What made my time truly amazing where the people around me, my co-workers, fellow Meiji interns and the local friends I made in my time there. Make sure to get out of your lazy mode and into some fun adventures with the cultural activities organized by Meiji’s network! Especially the weekend trips to hot springs and Kimono wearing events were lovely!

Anybody who wants to feel the real side of Japan’s international startup scene and is on a limited budget should definitely give Fukuoka a chance!!

What would you improve about this program?
I found it sometimes difficult to adapt to the food and I think it would be better, if you guys would also give more information on Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants to eat.
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Hans
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely mindblowing time in Okinawa!

I did my internship at a water sports company. They organize several types of tourist tours for water sports activities. From snorkeling, SUP, diving, surfing up to Banana board riding. My hometown in Germany is a great sea port city in North Germany, so naturally, I am attracted to the sea.
When I was looking for an internship in Japan, I wanted to do something fun and outdoor. Meiji listened to my wishes and found me this great internship, where I could also develop my communication skills and experience customer dealings first hand. I had a really goo time and some crazy experiences such as the "Ocean Walking" with the astronaut helmets! haha Check out the photos

I highly recommend Meiji and wish to come back to Japan in the near future! Thanks for everything!!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was great. Meiji Academy was very responsive to all my inquiries and also introduced me to some local staff they had on site with my host company.
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Valentine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hostel internship in Tokyo

I’m an 18-year-old student from Switzerland who had close to zero working experience. I never thought I could have the opportunity to work in Japan but thanks to Meiji, I was able to do it without any difficulty. Meiji found me a great internship in a Hostel in Asakusa, the traditional cultural center of Tokyo! I was very worried but thanks to the amazingly supportive teachers of Meiji and my private business lessons there, I was able to come on my first day very confidently. All of the hostel staff and higher-ups were super welcoming, caring and ready to guide and help me anytime I needed. By working in the tourist hub that is Tokyo, as much for foreigners than for Japanese people, I was able to learn a lot about the hospitality industry, at the same time as having a lot of fun with my colleagues! My tasks included managing the reservations, the check-ins and check-outs, answering the customer questions, guiding them around and more.
I think going abroad is the best way to learn and I highly recommend this program to anyone willing to challenge himself while still feeling really secured thanks to Meiji's great support

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Scott
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fresh Autumn Days with a Hot Internship!

I did my internship in a hot spring/hotel resort on the outside of Fukuoka City. I was so lucky enjoying the best of both worlds, relaxing countryside with unlimited hot spring baths (almost daily!!) and weekend parties in downtown Fukuoka. Too bad my three months internship was so quick over.

One thing I wanna stress out is, make sure to see Kyushu's countryside. It's beautiful and the locals are so friendly and eager making friends with you. If there wouldn't be the language barrier.

Anyway my Japanese got better after three months... Meiji bring me back to Kyushu!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Offer more internships in Kyushu's countryside and other cities, not just Fukuoka City. However the program was well structured and good follow up support.
Chiwei
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

best place for internship ever

I feel really lucky to have experience at such a good place like Meiji. Everyone there is really nice and helpful and it is difficult to feel gap between colleagues or stress from superiors as they treat people fairly. Also working environment is really nice, you can have tea, coffee while you are working and also there is no need to worry about being blamed by having a small break. in terms of work, it was my first time to do those work, so it was all fresh to me, and I did learn a lot like how to write a blog efficiently.
Finally, What I want to say is if you are interested in Japan, but haven't found a way to lead you there. Meiji would be the best choice for you as they got a very good connection to locals but they also know how to help newcomers to adapt themselves to the new environment in Japan. So if you still have no idea if you should try Meiji, just directly contact them and then you will find your gate to Japan.

What would you improve about this program?
more variable tasks and networking events would be great.
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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Law Internship in Nippon!

I have never thought it is possible to do a law internship in Japan. It always felt to me like being one of the industries, which is difficult to enter especially the language barrier, seemed a big obstacle. However Meiji Academy undertook a lot of effort to find me an internship related to patents and copyright infringements.

My main duties were focused on translation of documents, dealing with foreign customer enquiries, attending and setting up client meetings in advance. Experiencing how contract negotiations are done in Japan from first hand was an invaluable experience. I am really thankful for making this great internship possible. Merci and Arigatoo Gozaimasu Meiji!!!

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Memories in Fukuoka

Previously I have studied abroad in Japan for a whole year, but what this internship experience taught me was above my expectations. Meiji Academy has guided me throughout the whole process and invested a lot of effort to organize me a personally tailored internship in a logistics company.

At first I was a very concerned if I would be able communicating with my Japanese colleagues. The cultural differences and social interaction seemed so complex in a corporate environment. Luckily the counseling and coaching workshops I received from Meiji Academy beforehand helped me a lot with overcoming these hurdles. My fellow colleagues were also really keen on helping me in understanding cultural peculiarities. They were very patient and answered all my questions I had related to how the workflow is being done. After an amazing six weeks my internship was already over and it was a very heartbreaking farewell with my colleagues…they even came to the airport with me…

Meiji Academy thanks for everything you did in making this internship possible.