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Why choose Meiji Internships?

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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Maxime
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in Singapore with Meiji Internship

I really enjoyed this experience; it was new for me to discover Asia, and Singapore served as the perfect gateway to this vibrant and diverse continent. The Meiji Internship program was a remarkable journey from start to finish. It unfolded in a swift yet comprehensive manner, taking just about 2-3 months to complete the entire process.

What truly stood out was the meticulous alignment of the company with my profile and expectations. It was a seamless fit, and I felt like I was in the right place from day one. The company not only provided valuable insights into my field of interest but also immersed me in a rich cultural environment.

The blend of professional growth and cultural exploration made this internship a holistic experience. I had the privilege of working in a dynamic international setting while also having the opportunity to explore the enchanting cultural tapestry of Singapore. The memories and lessons from this journey will undoubtedly stay with me for a lifetime.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Travel and be curious about discovering culture
Pros
  • Amazing Experience
  • Almost no need to carry
Cons
  • Have to be very organise
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Jay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

About my time in Tokyo

I had a really great experience interning in Tokyo this year. Robert, the program advisor working at Meiji, was super helpful right from the beginning, giving me a clear picture of what to expect from the program. He did a great job coordinating with me and he introduced me to a good selection of different potential host companies.

I got placed in a good medium-sized trading company in Tokyo, where I got to do a mix of things like translation, interpretation, stock management, quality control, and helping with meetings and events. My supervisor was very experienced, she taught me so much over the course of just 4 months. My other colleagues were very friendly and skilled, making the work environment enjoyable. I learned a lot during my stay in Tokyo about Japanese business culture and its fundamental differences from the more Western style of doing business that I had grown so used to back home. It wasn't my first time in Tokyo, but I felt like I got to know a different side of the city. My colleagues were kind enough to take me to all the good local restaurants and izakaya, it really gave a positive spin to my experience outside of work.

Looking back, I can say the experience gave me more than just a boost for my resume. It was a once in a lifetime experience that taught me a lot about both Japan and myself as well.
Robert nailed the match with the host company, and that personal touch really made a difference. Meiji Internships played a big role in making my internship in Tokyo go really smoothly, and for that I am very grateful

Pros
  • Great company in central Tokyo
  • Good communication from the provider
  • Lots of learning opportunities
Cons
  • Little time to explore the city by yourself
  • Tokyo is expensive
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Jay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

About my time in Tokyo

I had a really great experience interning in Tokyo this year. Robert, the program advisor working at Meiji Internships, was super helpful right from the beginning, giving me a clear picture of what to expect from the program. He did a great job coordinating with me and he introduced me to a good selection of different potential host companies.

I got placed in a good medium-sized trading company in Tokyo, where I got to do a mix of things like translation, interpretation, stock management, quality control, and helping with meetings and events. My supervisor was very experienced, she taught me so much over the course of just 4 months. My other colleagues were very friendly and skilled, making the work environment enjoyable. I learned a lot during my stay in Tokyo about Japanese business culture and its fundamental differences from the more Western style of doing business that I had grown so used to back home. It wasn't my first time in Tokyo, but I felt like I got to know a different side of the city. My colleagues were kind enough to take me to all the good local restaurants and izakaya, it really gave a positive spin to my experience outside of work.

Looking back, I can say the experience gave me more than just a boost for my resume. Robert nailed the match with the host company, and that personal touch really made a difference.
Meiji Internships played a big role in making my internship in Tokyo go really smoothly, and for that I am very grateful

Pros
  • Smooth communication
  • Great host company
  • Room for exploration
Cons
  • Tokyo is quite expensive
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scarlett
3/5
No, I don't recommend this program

a balanced review

unfortunately, my review of Meiji is not going to be the most positive, but hopefully people reading who are thinking of doing an internship with Meiji will take what i say into consideration.
i first contacted Meiji in September of 2022, and i wanted to start my internship in Japan by March 2023. i have never been to university and i was looking to do an internship in the fashion field because i was considering going to study fashion at a higher level after i finished the internship. upon meeting with Meiji they asked me if i had been to university, and when i told them i hadnt, they informed me i wouldnt be able to do an internship in the field i wanted because of my lack of university degree. in hindsight, i understand this, as fashion is a specialised subject and should require a bit of prior experience, however there was nothing on Meiji's website that could have informed me of this. they present you with a long list of possible paths for you to choose, only for you to be extremely limited in your options if you have not/are not in university. you may be thinking that the whole point of doing an internship with Meiji is to gain a university accredited internship, however in their FAQs they explicitly say that you do not need to be enrolled in a university or have a university degree, they only say you need to be between ages 17 and 30. so after being told i wouldnt be able to do my chosen internship, i was told i had 4 options; childcare, hospitality and tourism, PR and marketing, and business development. obviously none of these were what i had intended, but i decided to go ahead and continue with the internship as it would be good experience to put on my CV anyhow. after choosing my fields and paying the deposit to Meiji, i didnt hear anything back about an interview until late December. this was fine because i knew that contacting and setting up interviews with companies would take some time. my first interview with my potential host company unfortunately couldnt go ahead because of a technical fault, so i contacted Meiji to see if they could reschedule the interview. now its important to remember that the organisation of my internship fell over christmas and new year, so i was expecting some traffic around this time. i waited until the 7th of January to see if i got any news from Meiji but i hadnt received any emails from them. i waited another week just in case they were being unintentionally slow with getting back to me. after i had received nothing from them again i decided to email them, simply asking if they'd heard anything and that i'd really appreciate a response. after sending this email i wait a week but i still dont receive any reply. i sent them another prompt, being sure to not sound pushy or rude, yet i still didnt get a reply from them. after another week i sent them another email, this time i was pretty frustrated and annoyed considering it was the beginning of february and i was meant to be starting in March and i still had no solid arrangements in place. im not ashamed to say my email was angry considering they had left me in the dark for a whole month, while they had been active on their social media platforms, therefore telling me they were in fact working, and just ignoring my emails. after i sent this email i received a response a day later, confirming my rescheduled interview. after my interview i was really excited because i really liked the sound of the company that interviewed me and i was ready to go. 3 weeks go by and its a couple of weeks before i'm meant to start and i had no news from Meiji or my host company. i understand that the host company were probably just being unintentionally slow with getting back to me, but i now had no time left before i was meant to travel. after informing Meiji of my worries they told me that i would have to pay an admin fee of about £150 to change the date of my internship. i had to pay this because THEY were too slow to get back to me in the new year. i had to pay them for their incompetence. this was extremely out of line to me but i paid the fee nonetheless just to avoid any kind of dispute or drama. luckily in the next couple of weeks i was told that the company i interviewed with wanted to host my internship. i gladly accepted and paid the full amount of money to secure my accommodation. i booked my flights and contacted Meiji again to tell them my flight information. after sending it i received an email about a week later asking me to send my flight details to them. this was annoying to me but i sent the details again anyway. ANOTHER week later they send me another email again asking me to send my flight details. i send them one last time and luckily they didnt ask for them again. all through this i have not had any information about where i will be living. this makes me nervous because i believe it's an early foot that needs to drop when travelling abroad, and yet here i am 2 weeks from leaving for Japan, a country i have never been to before, and i have no idea where ill be living for 3 months. Meiji continue in this fashion until 5 days before my flight to give me the details of my accommodation. and this is after i have asked them multiple times to confirm my accommodation. this may have been completely my fault, but i was under the impression that i would be living with other Meiji interns after reading a lot of reviews, as well as Meiji's implication on their website that i would be meeting plenty of other interns/i would make plenty of friends. i emailed them to confirm this and they told me they had no idea who i would be living with, and that it could be anyone from foreigners to native Japanese people. at this point, i was strongly considering cancelling the whole thing because of Meiji's incompetence and slow responses. they consistently let me down with helping me, making me pay a fee because of their own issues, and then repeatedly leaving me in the dark. in the end i decided to see it through and go anyway because losing the money at this point would be a real problem. to their credit, Meiji did organise a car to pick me up at the airport and take me to my accommodation, and locate me in a great neighbourhood that was very safe and i was never worried about being a young solo female traveller. after i landed in Tokyo they kept their correspondence with me to a minimum. they pretty much dropped me in and left me to figure everything out by myself. they did supply me with a travel card and a japanese sim card which was greatly appreciated, but in terms of getting to my office i was completely left to figure it out by myself. i understand that natives of Japan don't realise that navigating Tokyo as a foreigner is extremely challenging and daunting, but i think they should have taken into account that i am a young woman in a foreign country to which ive never been and provided me with a little more support. in terms of my actual internship, i think it was pretty disappointing. their would be periods where i had absolutely no work, and my boss was near impossible to get into contact with as she was almost always travelling. when i did have work it was a pleasure and genuinely so enjoyable, but those times were few and far-between. bear in mind i was here for 3 months. the quiet moments were almost silent and the hectic moments were incredibly overwhelming and stressful. the things i enjoyed about my internship had nothing to do with Meiji, so i can't give them too much praise. the parts that were the best were the things that i had sought out and done myself. upon leaving Tokyo i received no emails from Meiji i expected some admin work i had to do for leaving my accommodation, or just a friendly email to say goodbye, but there was radio silence on their end. it was a very bittersweet end to my time in Japan because of this. i would say to anyone planning to go with Meiji to Japan that i think you'll have a better time going independently, or with another internship company, as Meiji really dont give you anything you couldnt have gotten yourself. i loved the country and Japan really is a wonderful place, but this isnt a review of Japan, this is a review of Meiji Internships. the one word i would associate with Meiji is disorganised. they consistently let me down and barely offered me any support. on the plus side, this experience is sure to make you feel more independent and help you grow as a person. im willing to admit that i'm an outlier, as almost everyone else ive seen who used Meiji absolutely loved them, but that just wasnt the case for me. i hope this review has helped potential travellers make a decision about using Meiji.

Pros
  • independency
  • comfortable accommodation
Cons
  • barely any support
  • slow correspondency
  • disappointing internship
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Gudrun
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fascinating Kyoto Experience

Kyoto was really an eye opening experience that really helped me so much to learn about myself, immerse traditional Japanese culture and follow my passion for Sadou (Japanese tea ceremony). I intended to take a two months off from my studies and wanted to experience more about Japan than just do the standard traveling and language learning. When I was looking for internship opportunities, I came across Meiji and they seem to offer me exactly what I was looking for. My focus was very broad and my primary goal was to get to know the working mentality and corporate values of Japanese companies. But at the same time I did not have the necessary skills to perform very specialized tasks. So after the initial consultation we decided together on a hotel & tourism internship. They found me a really nice traditional Ryokan where I was able to serve many different foreign customers in traditional kimono wearing and also learned about the deep meaning of Omotenashi (genuine customer service). It will be too long to describe all the memorable experiences I had but Kyoto really remains a special place in my heart and I recommend it to anybody who wants to see the “real Japan”. I feel prepared for the next steps in my career and I think it was a very valuable experience.

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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