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Meiji Internships

About

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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Becky
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was supposed to do my internship in South Korea but because of the coronavirus, it seemed impossible... until Meiji Internships offered me to do a virtual internship! At first, I was a bit reluctant, thinking it would be easier to just postpone it. But as we don't know how things will go and when I might be able to go, I accepted to give it a try. I am so happy that I did it! I think I am one of the first applicants to give virtual experience a shot, so it was extra exciting to embark on this adventure! I started two weeks ago and I am still participating in my design and marketing internship now while attending my online uni classes. So my internship is an exciting break from my daily routine.
I have to say that I am having a lot of fun and I don't have any regrets! I am flexible in terms of working hours which is a bliss. My coworkers are so sweet and supportive. We have skype calls on a daily basis and even though I am not in Korea, it feels like it haha! Doing marketing virtually is not a problem at all, it's even easier than I thought it would be, as everything is linked to the internet these days. I am thankful to Meiji Internships for offering such an opportunity which was way more efficient than postponing my internship.

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Florence
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Tokyo was one of a kind. I had the most positive and fun work experience of my life! And I can compare it because it wasn't my first internship, even though it was the first one in a foreign country. My coworkers were so kind and they welcomed me as a family member. We had a few dinners together, the first one was the week of my arrival: they organized a kind of welcome party for me at a restaurant! I was a bit worried that interning abroad would be hard, and I didn't know what to expect from Japanese people as their culture had nothing to do with mine, but I was so surprised in a good way. This experience clearly changed my life! I gained so many skills while enjoying Japan and creating unforgettable memories.

I just gotta talk bout Meiji Internships as well: they were so competent and professional. I never felt lost or anything thanks to their great service. Interning abroad can be complicated when you are not used to it, but they made the process easy and enjoyable!

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Flora
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really amazing program. Interning in Singapore was wonderful. My coworkers were accommodating and friendly. I loved working with different people and seeing what they do; I learned a lot and made good connections in Asia. If you want to do activities you might not do by yourself and see new parts of the city, I would recommend attending as many activities planned by Meiji as you can. It's a great way to meet other interns as well and create unforgettable memories with them. I lived many adventures with my friends in Singapore and I plan on keeping in touch with them for a long time to come. The accommodation was good and comfortable and the neighborhood was calm. The staff was lovely and very caring for us. I have learned so much and had so much fun in the process and I had a once in a lifetime experience!

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Christopher
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Thailand was truly an unbelievable experience. I did an exceptionally wonderful internship that taught me so much about the fashion industry in Asia.
I gained much knowledge and I feel like a different and more talented person now. There was never a time I felt unsure thanks to Meiji Internships' remarkable work. They organized amazing trips to places like Erawan National Park or Chiang Mai. I was constantly on the go to discover new places and live new adventures! I am thankful for the incredible friendships I created. Meiji Internships is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. Living in Asia was so cool and different from America, I was amazed and surprised by so many things.

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Ava
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely loved my time interning in Vietnam with Meiji Internships! I interned in a business incubator company, and worked in business development and consulting. My internship inspired me a lot and allowed me to have a professional look at my working approach. My coordinator was so nice and optimistic, it was always a pleasure to meet and speak with everyone in this programme. I had a wonderful group of friends and we had such a great time together. I couldn't have asked for a better experience! I was afraid that three months would be quite long, but time flew by and I was always busy working, learning and sightseeing. The Vietnamese people welcomed me so warmly and kindly that it was hard to leave them at the end of my three months.
I will cherish those memories for a long long time!

Programs

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Japan Internships with Meiji Internships
Japan
40 reviews2 interviews

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

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Taiwan Internship with Meiji Internships
Taiwan
23 reviews

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South Korea Internship with Meiji Internships
South Korea
22 reviews

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Thailand Internship with Meiji Internships
Thailand
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 reviews

Over the past few decades, Singapore has become one of the world’s...

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Vietnam Internship with Meiji Internships
Vietnam
8 reviews

Kick-start your international career with a life-changing internship...

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Hong Kong Internship to Kickstart your International Career
China
8 reviews

Kick-start your international career with a life-changing internship...

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China Internship with Meiji Internships
China
6 reviews

Kick-start your international career with a life-changing internship...

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Virtual Internships with Meiji Internships - Go Digital!
Online
1 review

Imagine gaining real-life work experience, creating valuable business...

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.