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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

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Reviews

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Chiara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am passionate about photography, but I wanted to experience what it is like to actually work in the photography industry, and not just taking photos for fun. I also love Korean fashion, so I choose to intern in Korea. I was a bit worried that, as an intern, I might just sit and listen... Well, I wasn't disappointed! Meiji did a really good job and it was a perfect match with the first company I had the interview with. It was a startup in Seoul, exactly what I asked for.
The office was welcoming, with a nice studio, and I was comfortable from the first day there. I had the opportunity to use professional stuff, prepare the lights and setting for the shootings, doing photo editing, manipulate very expensive cameras...!! This internship was particularly exciting because everyone put trust in me so that I improved so quickly! At some point, during the first week, I was a bit stressed out about doing mistakes, but I think they understood that and were having fun remembering all the mistakes they did in the past. I think they were trying to help me relax about this. What wonderful people in this company!!
I will never forget this experience and all the knowledge I got from it. Now I am confident about photography and that I want to work in this industry!

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Emma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did my internship in the field of business development in Taiwan. The reason I did this internship is for school. I'm studying International Business at University, and we have to experience work in a company in order to graduate. I could have found something in my own country, but I've always been curious about Asia, and I have Asian roots so I wanted to know more about the culture. Of course, it was a wonderful experience! I could learn a lot about business and how to grow a company. During the first 2 weeks, they taught me all I had to know, and it was a bit hard to follow because I had to remember lots of information. But then I got used to it, and I could start doing things on my own!
I was surprised because I've heard before that Asian people have difficulties with English, but in fact, in this company, I could speak English with almost everyone. There were also two European guys who helped me a lot to get comfortable in the beginning, but there wasn't any problem with talking with the others as well.
Other than that, I was able to travel during the weekends, and Taiwan landscapes are so beautiful!

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Lianne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I worked with an immense amount of data, and sometimes that was a bit of a challenge for me. Especially because in the beginning, I did not know my company’s work processes. But after I voiced some concerns, my colleagues sat me down and helped me better understand my tasks and the company. There were times when I had to hurry a little to meet deadlines, but most of the time, I could work at my own pace.
I think Meiji did a good job because the internship was exactly what I was looking for. For university credits, I needed an internship that had something to do with international trades, so it was a good match. I was actually surprised they managed to meet my expectations that wonderfully! For some people living in Tokyo might seem scary or confusing, but I liked it a lot. Also, I feel like it teaches you a lot to intern in a company in the capital because you can observe trade and shipping on an international scale. In Tokyo, there is also a lot to do so you won’t get bored! I really liked my experience overall.

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Lukas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time with my internship in Fukuoka that Meiji Internships provided me with. I experienced outstanding service throughout my application and stay and it did not take long at all to get matched with the perfect company for me. The communication was flawless and the staff at Meiji Internships was always ready to help me with any questions or problems I had.

During my internship I was assigned a lot of interesting tasks, worked on exciting projects and saw a ton of growth in my skills. My main tasks were digital marketing related work and helping out with organizing events for foreigners in Fukuoka. I really enjoyed learning more about the field I was interested in but also having a lot of social and personal experiences while doing my internship.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Living together with people I had never met before at a share house was a very new experience for me and in the beginning I was not sure how well it would work out. But everyone was very nice and I got used to it a lot quicker than I thought I would. Any issues that came up could always be addressed and resolved easily. In the end I was glad that I stayed at a share house because of the many interesting people from all over the world that I got the chance to meet.
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Saskia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What an amazing experience this was. Everything Meiji provided was well arranged, professional and fun. I am glad I came to Singapore because it beautifully combines Asian and European culture. So I could immerse myself in Asian culture, explore the foreign local cuisine and check out temples, while still speaking the local language (english). Singaporeans have a special dialect called Singlish, but you will get the hang of it! My internship was in film & photography and I learnt sooo much. I was given a camera and joined my colleagues for events and weddings. So I got to attend special events while gaining work experience! Yes, I felt very lucky!

Singapore has a lot to offer and you will learn so much about so many different cultures! Indian, English, Chinese… you name it! The food is fantastic as well and you can even eat at one of the cheapest michelin-stared restaurants in the world. My time was definitely worth everything!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and daily life. Going abroad is a perfect opportunity for that goal. Additionally, I have always been keen to get to know the Japanese culture in depth.

The organization combined my personal interest in the Japanese culture and my career goal in the consultation department.

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

They had weekly activities. There were always international students and/or local interns joining. So I had the possibility to make friends from all over the world.

I also got a Welcome Package from my program with a lot of important information about Japan, the culture, sightseeing recommendations and more.

I had to organize overseas health insurance, my flight tickets and transport to the airport. Of course, there where some more bullet points I had to organize before going abroad.

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

Get yourself a business card before coming to Japan. You may attend business meetings and then you don’t want to awkwardly explain why you don’t have one.

Take the opportunity to build up an international network. Experience a different culture and try to see as much as possible.

But most importantly: Stay as long as you can! Time flies by so quickly.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?
  • 07:00 am - Turn the alarm off. Get ready for my work day. Breakfast.
  • 08:00 am - Take the bus to work.
  • 08:45 am - Research for possible blog articles. Writing. Proofreading.
  • 11:45 am - Conduct city tours. Lunch with colleagues, students, other interns, locals.
  • Creating Instagram content.
  • 01:30 pm - Marketing tasks (Instagram, Blog, Facebook, Pinterest). Organizing next tours or cultural activities.
  • 07:30 pm - Go to karaoke or a language exchange (Japanese & English only!).
  • 09:00 pm - Take the bus back home.
  • 10:00 pm - Learn some Japanese vocabularies or read a book.
  • 11:00 pm - Set an alarm for the next day. Sleep.

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

There was not really a "fear" I faced while travelling abroad. I worried a bit over the fact of travelling alone in another continent. I worried about the safety of travelling alone and about the duration it would take me to find a connection to the people overseas.

It helped that I informed myself about the country beforehand. That's how I knew, what to avoid while travelling alone or while meeting Japanese people.

My worries turned out to be groundless, as Japan is one of the safest countries. Additionally, the people I got to know where very open and happy to invite me to different activities.

Staff Interviews

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

Farina Fabricius

Job Title
Marketing Executive
Farina has studied Japanese/Korean language and culture at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany with an exchange year at Kyushu University in Fukuoka. She has worked in several customer service industries in Germany and Japan for several years. Her profound understanding of customer needs paired with managing marketing operations on a global scale and being multilingual makes her a key member of the Meiji Internships Team.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory is the time I went to Taiwan with my friends. We rented a car, drove to Taroko National Park, went to different night markets and tried all kinds of different street food there.

One day, my friends were busy, so I joined a language exchange in a local pub. There were about 50 people, among them two girls who were studying German. We hit it off so well that we decided to leave the pub after just a few minutes. The three of us headed over to the convenience store, bought some drinks and talked for hours on end.

The next couple of days, we hung out together and they showed me around.

It’s incredible how a coincidental meeting turned into such a great time. I now know that I do not have to worry if I go somewhere alone, I can always make friends!

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

On a regular basis, I talk to many people from diverse cultural backgrounds, not only verbally, but also through emails. Learning how to interact with people from different cultures without actually seeing them has made me more culturally sensitive. I always find it fascinating to see what different concerns people have depending on where they come from, how old they are, or what they study. Every now and then, we get particularly interesting questions that truly make me rethink and improve parts of our programs. I always try to see things from the intern’s perspective, as well as my own. In that regard, I have not only adapted to the Japanese culture, but to many different ones.

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

We had one student who really wanted to stay in a homestay, but was concerned that it would be too difficult to find. She is a vegan. In Japan, it is often considered rude to ask for altering a dish (unless it is because of an allergy), or people don’t know what veganism is. However, I had a host family in mind that would be able to accommodate her dietary needs.

In the end, both the student and the host mum were happy. The students loved staying with her and her family and the host mum was happy to have someone who appreciated her cooking and shared her love for fresh veggies. This case perfectly shows how one student’s seeming difficult point turned into their biggest asset!

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

I would definitely choose a destination I haven’t been to: Vietnam or China. I have seen many beautiful pictures of China and Vietnam and would love to see it for myself. My industry of choice would most likely be Tourism because it would allow me to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and learn something about my host country while working! Back in Germany, I had a few Vietnamese friends and I feel like Vietnam and China are countries where I would instantly click with people. Plus, I would love to try authentic Vietnamese food because it is one of my favourite cuisines.

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

Our staff members come from a lot of different countries in Europe and Asia. This means that not only our background is different, but also our working cultures. Still, we always find a way to work together as a team and find a place for everyone to do what they can do best. Based on skills and languages, there are certain things that only some or only one of us can do. Sharing responsibilities is what we are outstandingly great at. I think this is our most unique quality!

What I am proudest of is our teamwork. There are many cases where we found an internship for a student although it seemed hard. It might appear impossible at first, but I know that I can always count on my team. Everyone does the task they are best at and by putting all the pieces together, we create the perfect match, for both the company and intern.

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

One of the most important things: Placing the right person in the right position, so everyone can use their full potential. It would be terrible to have someone who has a great education but had to do tasks that are too boring or too hard.

In order to grow, it is crucial to find new markets and offer new products. Once you have found the right market/product and audience, you need to keep them leveled.

Be it employees or business development, balance is always key!