Japan Internships with Meiji Internships

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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!

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Questions & Answers

Language requirements vary greatly between countries, industries, and companies. Usually, the main working language is English, therefore, fluency in English is essential. However, having some knowledge of the local language will certainly be an asset, not only when communicating with colleagues, but also in daily life situations.

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

9.62 Rating
based on 45 reviews
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.3
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Noor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tokyo

I have never been in Asia before and Meiji Internships made this first time unforgetable. Everything was so different from what I have always known at home. The language is, of course, different. But also the food, the fashion, or smaller things like the smells in the street, the tables at the restaurants etc. I am passionate about drawing and all these things inspired me a lot.
My internship was liberating. For the first time in my life, I felt free to be myself and to do something that I love all day long. I did this internship because I was a bit lost about my future career. It was definitely a good idea. At work they told me that I had potential in design and that I should give it a go. I did a lot of mistakes as well, but my manager said that it was okay to make mistakes as I was there to learn and they didn't expected me to be perfect. The most important point is to do better next time.
I became a better person, and a better designer thanks to meiji internships and my awesome host company!

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Marta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Design and Japanese traditions

My internship in Kyoto was the perfect way to gain work experience while visiting Japan. I worked in a tourism agency in Kyoto, and had the time of my life. I chose Japan because I love Japanese traditions and the Japanese language, so this company was a great opportunity and a perfect match for me. I learned a lot about graphic design, but also about Japanese culture.
I organised my time so that I had time to visit as much as possible. I drank a lot of matcha, wore a kimono, went to Nara to see the Todaiji and the famous "shika", climbed on top of the Fushimi Inari Shrine... All things I have always dreamt about!
Doing an internship abroad is an incredible experience and I can say that it changed my life and my way of living. I feel more confident and free now. It made me realise that everything is possible, the first step might be difficult, but once it is done, everything becomes easier. You just need to believe in yourself!

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Zhiwei
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience in Japanese company

The match of the company is really good. It match with your experience and provides you business workshops through powerpoint and YouTube videos. The housing in Japan, especially in Tokyo is very hard, so the housing may be little bit far from your workplace, but that doesn;t matter as Japan has a perfect transportation system. They do organise activities during your internship, which is usually on weekends, so you could meeting with other interns with Meiji. Meiji also support with your SIM card, normally data only, so make sure you have your number prepared or if you have an over 90 days visa, you are able to buy one anyway. They provide 2000 Japanese Yen transportation support which definitely help you to pass the first week, and then, since you get familiar with the place. You could deal it by yourself. Overall, it is a great experience.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I am able to join all activities during my placement with my host company. i have been to lot of places and able to expand my network wider in Japan which is exactly what I want. Other things are like nomihoudai (drinking party) after work and on weekends, that was fantastic and I love it!
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Juliette
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Interning in the capital of Japan

I am majoring in economics and applied for a business development internship in Japan. Japanese people are very welcoming and I felt at home from the first day of work. As my tasks were quite basic in the beginning, I was afraid that I would get bored at some point, but I got more important tasks after a few days. I have gained lots of useful knowledge about business!
Tokyo is an amazing city with lots of activities to do and places to visit. We had weekly meetings with other interns from Meiji. It was a good opportunity to meet some people and have fun together. I hope I will be able to go to Japan again in the future because it made me want to visit other cities in Japan!

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Yves
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Itoshima Business Development Internship

This experience learning about all things business from customs to the details of the logistics and supply chain process in Fukuoka was extremely rewarding. We were able to gain insight into the cultural and historical reasons for how Japanese businessmen and women operate. In being situated in a regional town, outside Fukuoka, famous for its production of mentaiko, we immersed ourselves in the production process from farming the fish with the Yamasue organisation to serving the delicacy in conjunction with other local, fresh produce a variety of traditional meals at the Itoaguri restaurant. With the assistance of the kind and hospitable staff, the whole experience was made that much more enjoyable by forging unforgettable memories and relationships. I would recommend undertaking this program for anyone interested in wanting to learn about beyond the internal dynamics of Japanese business and discover a greater external rationale for their practices.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have chosen a longer program beyond a fortnight as I left wishing I could stay and learn more about business in Fukuoka, and its effect on the greater areas of Japan.
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Dominik
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

NGO internship in Fukuoka

When I went to Japan last year, I taught English to disabled children in Fukuoka. It was a very enriching experience to get involved in such an eye-opening adventure. The NGO was based in Kyushu, they had some branches in Fukuoka prefecture, Kumamoto prefecture and Miyazaki prefecture.
I am studying psychology at uni, and I am very interested in education. I already had several involvements with some associations in Germany but this time I wanted to go abroad and experience a different culture. It was an ambitious challenge and I gained many skills and a great understanding of Japanese society.

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Jeanne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Photography internship

One of the best decisions I have made so far: doing an internship in Japan ! I am proud to say that I have been doing a photography internship in Tokyo, this is not something that everybody can say. I think that is it a chance to be able to have this kind of experience at my age.
I have never been to Japan before, so it was a great opportunity to visit Tokyo and the surroundings. We often went outside to take portraits in the streets or in some parks, visiting some nice places at the same time, that were my favourite moments ! I am also happy that I could improve my Japanese while interning there.

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Elijah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible adventure in Tokyo

Having work experience in Japan is something that makes your CV shine! It means several things: you are capable of adapting to an unfamiliar environment, you challenge yourself while stepping out of your comfort zone and you learned from people who are known for being hard workers. I had the chance to be accepted by a company in Tokyo. Living there is quite expansive but I saved up for this internship, and you have everything you need in this enormous city so that's very convenient! I applied for a hospitality internship, and I chose Japan because Japanese hotels have a very good reputation and I wanted to learn from them. Now I can say that they really had high-quality services that made me proud of working there.