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Your journey starts here! Having been rated the best internship program in 2018, Meiji Internships provides personally tailored travel packages, a vast variety of industry fields and university accredited internship placements.

Our goal is to allow our interns to fully immerse themselves in their host country’s environment. So our popular programs focus on helping ambitious and talented young professionals fulfill their dreams of an international career.

In order to perfectly match your dream internship, we have a number of different countries and cities available: From the cultural hubs of Japan and South Korea to the natural beauty of Vietnam and China, chill beaches of Singapore and Thailand and enchanting skylines of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Every country will give you the chance to explore its unique culture and diverse career paths. You name the country and field you wish to be interning in, and we will help you realize your dream!

Reviews

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Shirley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such an amazing experience with Meiji. I'm very happy they helped me find an internship because I REALLY needed it for uni credit. I applied for Korea and Japan, but was pretty open to other destinations too ^^ In the end, I was placed with a Japanese company in Hokkaido. I did not have work experience back at home, only in like hospitality and stuff, so working in marketing and actually being in charge of what a company puts out there was so much fun. It inspired me to pursue further education in that domain.
If you want to do an internship, reach out to Meiji, as it makes it so much easier and is also loads of fuuuun

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Rabia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For my degree I was required to do a practical experience abroad for credit. But covid came and added some obstacles to my path towards graduation. Thankfully I came across Meiji while browsing the web for internship opportunities. First I was checkin out their country options, but when covid became more serious also in europe, I decided to have a closer look at the virtual concept. It was quite intriguing, so I decided to join. I was placed with a beautiful pr and marketing agency in taiwan. The best thing for me was that I was able to talk to people overseas while being in self-isolation at home. It allowed for a good alternative to the usual quarantine life and I was happy to have something valuable to do and really contribute to something bigger.
If you have the capacity to do something for your CV at the current time I can definitely recommend the program to you. Other than that: Stay healthy everyone! :-)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was quite nervous before my very first virtual interview cause I wasn't really sure if i should do anything special like choose a specific background or present myself differently to taiwanese companies compared to what i'm used to. But I adressed these concerns and my program coordinator helped me out so I could prepare for the interview without any worries
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Riccardo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'll be honest, I'm not exactly the most outgoing person, and therefore was veeery hesitant to enroll in an overseas programme, but decided to do it because I thought it would be a good challenge (plus I had always wanted to visit Japan). Japan was amazing from the moment I landed, but what really makes me want to relive it is meeting more incredible people! Luckily, I was able to connect with tons of people my age that happened to have similar interests and were also doing internships, so I never felt lonely or homesick. I can say that Meiji was there for me as well, thankfully I only needed their assistance for minor issues but they earned my trust.
I know being in a foreign country, it can sound intimidating for some, but I assure you that in the end, you will want to do it all over again!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
There are many dishes in Japan that are unique to their culture, but I'd say okonomiyaki is not exatcly for everyone
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Tiffany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I remember my first day talking with the Meiji team on Skype, I was so anxious! But somehow, they managed to calm me down, and by the end of the consultation, I was ready to move on to the next step. I didn't have to wait long before landing an interview (and eventually an internship) with a great company. The company was located in Hong Kong and they were selling their products overseas. I became part of their team and I learned a lot about this business. Everyone was nice and friendly so I really had a great and productive time. If I had one piece of advice to give to anyone who wants to do an online internship, it would be to stay open-minded and not be afraid of communication, it's the most important thing!

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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was the first internship I have ever done and it was crazy! I felt comfortable from the first day to the last and I made lots of friends and business contacts in Japan. It was an amazing opportunity to learn what it's like to be part of the world of work and to have responsibilities. I got a better understanding of the world and it made me realize how lucky I was to have access to this kind of opportunity.
I would really recommend it to anyone who wants to gain work and life experience. Not everybody in this world has the same opportunities, so you should really be grateful for the chance you've got and take advantage of it!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I have read several reviews before and everyone seemed to have a great experience with Meiji Internships. At first I wasn't sure about which country I should go to, but as they were working with many countries in Asia, I thought it might be a good idea to contact them and ask them directly which country would be the best for me.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They assisted me with the accommodation, the airport pick-up, the transportation card, the pocket WI-FI, weekly activities... They also assisted me before the internship with my CV, the interview with my host company etc. Basically I only had to book my flight on my own. I could always ask them anything if needed.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would say "Don't be afraid to talk with everyone and take advantage of every opportunity. This kind of experience is really life changing and it can become the best experience of your life if you have enough ambition and motivation. Don't be afraid to say "yes" when someone offers you their help and be kind to everybody so they will pay it forward."

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My internship was a full-time internship. So I woke up at 7am, ate my breakfast with the other interns who lived in the sharehouse and left the house around 8:30 am. Everyday was slightly different in term of work but in the morning I was primarily working on some promotional content for different restaurants and hotels we had partnerships with, or attended meetings with the team. In the afternoon I did a variety of different things such as help manage events or meet with new potential partners. The working day would end at 6 pm, and we either went to have dinner with the team, or I had made plans with my fellow interns.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was afraid of failure, that I might disappoint my co-workers and make too many mistakes. I actually overcame my fear by making mistakes and learning from them! I realised that I cannot be perfect from the beginning, because that's exactly the reason why I chose to do this internship: to learn. Making mistakes is in fact the best way to remember and learn faster. And my co-workers were never angry at me or anything!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Nanami Kubota

Job Title
Human Resources Manager
Nanami Kubota is from Fukuoka Prefecture and graduated from university in 2019. At university, she majored in Business Administration focusing on Management and Leadership Theory. She has very good communication skills and can quickly become friends with anyone. Her hobbies include studying English and traveling around the world.
Nanami poses with interns on a beach

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was meeting amazing people in Hawaii. I went to Hawaii on a graduation trip with my friends in February 2019.
This was the first time I had ever gone overseas!
Actually, I hated studying English before going to Hawaii. It was difficult, I had a hard time understanding it, and trying to speak English always stressed me out.
But the Hawaiian people changed my mind. As we had dinner together, played cards, and interacted with each other, my passion for speaking English sparked. After returning to Japan, I began to enjoy studying English,and it became a real hobby of mine. I am proud of my experience in Hawaii because it changed my way of thinking.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Meiji Internships has given me a lot of confidence.
The reason is that the company exchanges and discusses e-mail with various people every day. Although I originally didn't have the confidence, I was assigned a variety of tasks and communicated with so many people that I was able to work with confidence and glee.
Also, because we are multinational, we can learn a lot on a daily basis. While working, you can interact with people from different countries and grow constantly.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I first met an American who came to Japan at university. I regularly taught him Japanese because he was not good at Japanese at that time.
One day, he tried to go to the hot spring alone. However, he got lost in the mountains and wandered alone in the dark.
However, he spoke in Japanese to an elderly man who drove by car. The old man saw him and took him to the hot spring by car. I was reminded of the warmth of the hearts of Japanese people and was very happy.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I want to create a world where people around the world can work happily. Why? There are many people in the world who do not feel like their work is worthwhile. Some people even commit suicide because of tough working conditions. I sincerely hope to change this situation and make workers feel cherished. Meiji Internships provides valuable internships for everyone. From start to finish, the staff will do everything to help interns have an amazing work experience. I want to realize a program that allows people from all over the world to work with satisfaction and respect each other, especially in Japan.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My company has a sense of speed. They can solve problems very quickly and work efficiently.
I have a task for each person, on which they work reliable while highly valuing information sharing.
When I am worried my team members are helping me immediately.
They are listening to me when i am in trouble and share advice.
I am proud of the helpfulness and the joint growth of my team.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Time management is essential for a company to succeed. We shouldn't work slowly because the same amount of time (24 hours) is giving to every person and everyone is equal. In that context, whether to spend that time or waste is very important for the success of the company. I will continue to value time management and do my very best to reach the highest standards - and beyond