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Meiji Internships

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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!

Founded
2014
Headquarters

Daimyo 2-6-11, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0041, Japan
Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
810-0041
Japan

Reviews

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Chester
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This virtual internship made me get out of my comfort zone. When I contacted Meiji Internships, I told them that I was opened to any country in Asia as long as I could learn about PR and Marketing in an English environment. My goal was to get new skills and to challenge myself, working with an international team. Meiji offered me to do my virtual internship with a Japanese company which was great because Japan is a country where I would love to go someday.
I was a bit nervous at the beginning because it was my first working experience ever, but everything went well and my co-workers always sent me encouraging messages on skype to boost my motivation! I gained profound knowledge on Japanese business workflows and processes; as well as first hand experience in the marketing world.

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Lara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall I enjoyed my experience with Meiji Internships a lot. The virtual internship program is amazing! Now that everything had ended, I realize how lucky I was to have such an opportunity to work with Chinese people without having to travel half the planet. I wish it lasted a little longer because I still have so many things I want to learn from them! Luckily, I still can talk with my co-workers from China and they told me to contact them at any time. I can feel that my marketing skills are way better than before which is extremely rewarding. I also got a great understanding of Chinese culture thanks to our teamwork and our everyday communication.

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Kristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience with a Korean company was life-changing, it doesn’t compare to anything! The company I worked with was a Korean beauty product seller and I dealt with the design of their website and some of their products. I was working with an entire team of designers who taught me how to work properly. I am passionate about Korean culture and I was really glad to learn about all those products in the meantime.
It was a fantastic opportunity to grow and become a skilled person while working with professionals. This virtual internship will probably remain the best work experience I have ever done. It’s amazing to see all the things you can create and learn with a computer and a microphone. I felt like I was literally working right beside my colleagues even though we were collaborating across different continents. I think that virtual internships are really worth it!

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Alexandre
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't know that an internship could be done through the internet until I found out about virtual internships on Meiji's website! I wanted to make the most of my time and get a great working experience. This virtual internship was exactly what I needed because I could work in a Japanese company while staying in France. I studied IT at uni but I eager to explore and try new things, that's why I applied for a business development internship. I thought it would be a good asset to add to my CV in order to stand out from the other students. This experience was an amazing opportunity to work on a good variety of tasks and develop my skills and knowledge about business.
Meiji staff is really nice and open-minded, and I'm very happy that I joined their program!

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Candice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Let's talk about my virtual internship! It was a business development internship in a Taiwanese company. Doing such an internship is a really valuable chance that will allow you to get work experience without having too much responsibility. I was surrounded by professionals who were there to help me get confidence in my study field and get back to school with plenty of new resources. Studying is great, but putting all this knowledge into action is the best feeling ever and also the best way to improve your skills! Moreover, meeting with foreigners is a chance to open your mind and learn about a new culture. This is a crucial asset that will be useful in today's globalized society!

Programs

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Japan Internships with Meiji Internships
Japan
9.62 •45 reviews

Moving to Japan is a step into a whole new world. The land of the...

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South Korea Internship with Meiji Internships
South Korea
9.71 •24 reviews

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Taiwan Internship with Meiji Internships
Taiwan
9.65 •23 reviews

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Virtual Internships with Meiji Internships - Go Digital!
Online
9.78 •18 reviews

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Thailand Internship with Meiji Internships
Thailand
9.55 •11 reviews

Thailand is one of the major travel destinations in Asia due to its...

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Singapore Internship with Meiji Internships
Singapore
9.67 •9 reviews

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Vietnam Internship with Meiji Internships
Vietnam
9.63 •8 reviews

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Hong Kong Internship to Kickstart your International Career
China
9.63 •8 reviews

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China Internship with Meiji Internships
China
9.57 •7 reviews

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Alumni Interviews

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

Lukas Zumbusch

Lukas is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and Economics at university. His interests include East Asia, writing, Basketball and enjoying nature.

Why did you choose this program?

Being interested in Japan, I always wanted to do an internship in the country to gain work experience in Japan's unique work culture. As Japan is part of my studies at university, the internship also helped me get important credit points for my degree.

I had already been to Fukuoka before and loved my time there, so from the start, it was clear to me that I wanted to do my internship there. I opted to choose an internship provider because on my own it was almost impossible to find internship offers outside of Tokyo and also because I was not sure if I would be able to organize everything by myself. I was recommended Meiji Internships by friends who had already experienced their outstanding service and they did an excellent job finding the perfect internship for me in Fukuoka.

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

During the application process, Meiji Internships helped me by setting up the connection to my host company and assisted me with all the necessary paperwork. Together with my advisors at university, the staff at Meiji Internships also were great in delivering all the necessary documents on time that I needed to get a scholarship from my university.

Before my arrival in Japan, I was sent a welcome package with all the important information one could need, to make my arrival and my first few weeks getting used to my new surroundings as smooth as possible. Prior to my internship, I was also provided with an online business workshop to prepare me for my new workplace.

In the end, the only thing I really had to organize was booking the flight to Japan.

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

One piece of advice that I would give other people who want to do an internship would be that it is important to be accepting of the change. You will find yourself in a completely different situation than you were in before. This can prove to be quite the challenge, but most of all it offers you a lot of great opportunities and experiences. That's why it is important to fully embrace it to make the most out of your stay.

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

The working hours tend to be different based on the host company. In my case, I had a relatively long workday, which is pretty standard in Japan. It took some time to get used to the long hours, but I enjoyed the time working together with my coworkers.

Meiji Internships also offered a lot of social and cultural activities that I was able to take part in and had a great time in doing so.

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

Not having experienced living on my own yet, I was unsure if I would be able to handle it and how well I would fare. Ultimately, my approach was to take on the challenges I was facing one day at a time, getting more and more confident with each passing day. Noticing that you are probably more grown-up than you yourself think you are and that you can do just fine by yourself was a great feeling and a confidence booster.

Staff Interviews

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

Caroline Delmache

Job Title
Business Development Assistant
Caroline has studied Japanese language and culture in France and had the opportunity to do an exchange year at Fukuoka University. After traveling in many prefectures in Japan, she decided to stay in Fukuoka and started working for Meiji Internships.

She truly believes that going abroad makes people more open-minded and tolerant, so she wants to encourage and help the students in this way.

What is your favorite travel memory?

It is when I traveled all the way from Fukuoka to Hokkaido by hitchhiking. I went with my boyfriend and it took us nearly a week to reach our goal which was the National Park of Shiretoko in the Northern Hokkaido.

Every day was a new adventure during this trip; we had nothing but our backpacks and our bodies. We didn’t have anything else to rely on, and yet, we felt like we were rich in many other ways as encounters, memories, and crazy experiences.

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

I think I have changed on many points. One of them is that, before, I was always trying to do everything all by myself and with perfection.

In the beginning, at Meiji Internships, it was very frustrating for me to make mistakes and I wanted to execute every task perfectly without bothering the others whereas I was still learning about the job. However, while talking with the staff and learning from them, I realized that a company is a team and that we can rely on each other. Then I finally experienced teamwork and learned to lean on my colleagues, ask for help or advice, and divide the work.

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

Basically, every time a student is saying that he had the best time during his internship and gained plenty of work experience, I feel that it is the best scenario and I am proud of myself and my team. Of course, this is even better when they find out something else, something special about themselves.

When a student told us that thanks to his internship and all the advice that he received from his co-workers, he decided to take the challenge and start his own business plan, I was really happy and it motivated me to keep going!

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

I think I would go for an internship in Taiwan because this is a country that I really want to visit, especially the National Parks. I would probably do a business development internship for gaining work experience and being able to travel on the weekends.

Thailand is also a destination that I would love to go to. In this case, my dream internship would be in an NGO, an elephant sanctuary for example.

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

I think that what is unique about Meiji is that we are a family and we all support each other, as well as we support every student. Once you are part of the Meiji family, you always are, forever. Then we organize meetings with the students, we encourage them to share their experience and to ask anything at any time.

I am especially proud of my team when we have problems to solve and when everyone is here to help and support each other.

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

I think that listening to the customers' feedback is the most important factor in being a successful company. Without customers, a company cannot grow.

We cannot predict 100% what is not going to work and what is going to be successful, but we can listen to the customers in order to do better next time. A mistake would be to think that what we do is perfection. We always have to improve ourselves in some ways.