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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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Saverio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

PERFETTO internship in Seoul

This was best time of my life! From a long time I was hoping to go to South Korea, after I watch tv drama and begin learning Korean here in Italy. So finally I talk with Meiji and my dream come true! We talk a lot about what I want to do for my internship and what kind of business is good for me. I was not very sure exactly what type of business is good for me so Meiji helped me by giving the options and recomending what is best for my future. Also lucky I dont need a visa for the 3 month internship, so it was easy with less time to prepare!
In the end I go for the marketing internship. The business I worked with is very kind, I use my own knowledge to help but also learned a lot from the business. I was working on lots of different marketing campagns, the most on the social media so I think it was very valuable for my future.

Seoul was better than my dream ! My apartment was good, I had a lot of space and the place was very useful. I enjoyed being in the share house because the people I lived with were friendly and always looking for fun, we made a lot of trips and memories! I will always remember this trip forever. Grazie mille!

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Freja
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Work experience with convenience

I am studying for my business bachelors and wanted to get some real world experience while studying, so I found the virtual internship at Meiji and thought it was a good option. I chose to do this also because I wanted to get experience with international business in Asia, so I can make my resume different and help my future career as a international professional.

The Korean company I worked with had a lot of tasks for me to get involved with, which is just as I wanted so I stayed very busy. I did this during a break from university which was convenient because it meant that my schedule was still very manageable and i had time to relax.

Meiji helped me a lot to find this internship, when i emailed them they gave me helpful information, although there is a big time difference they did there best to reply quick. I would definitely recommend meiji internships and recommend a virtual internships especially if you want to get experience in a convenient way. After working with the company i now plan to visit Korea for a in person internship after I graduate!

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Bradley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phenomenal 3 Months in Korea

As a fresh business graduate with a life-long fascination with Korean culture, I felt that an internship there would kill two birds with one stone; scratch my itch for the Korean lifestyle while providing me with some valuable professional experience. My 3 months in Seoul with Meiji Internships achieved exactly that.

The application process was surprisingly smooth, before I knew it I was airborne heading to a city I’d only dreamt about. Though I couldn't speak a word of the language in a country geographically and culturally far from my own country, I felt a sense of comfort knowing I could contact Meiji at any time of need.

Seoul itself is fantastic, for reasons that would take all day to explain, it’s just magical. Above all my favourite parts were the small things, such as the occasional interactions with my very friendly neighbours using embarrassingly-broken Korean and over-exaggerated hand gestures. Judging by the assortment of Korean snacks they gifted me before I departed, it seems they enjoyed that too.

Not every trip can be perfect, right? - losing my passport halfway through my internship certainly wasn’t part of the plan, but I’m very thankful I was surrounded by kind and supportive people from both my host company and Meiji Internships who assisted me in solving the issue swiftly and painlessly.

I’m struggling to do the experience justice here, but to be frank, this was a life-changing experience for me. It has done wonders in opening my eyes to a new world ahead of me. Thank you Meiji!

Brad.

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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worthwhile Internship Experience in Far East

This internship program has left me with no regrets! The dream of life in Korea was put on hold during Covid. It was difficult, but I’m honestly glad I decided to stick with the dream and wait. My 3 month internship in Seoul exceeded my expectations - which were already VERY high! The accommodation was great, I was worried about a share house but in the end everybody was friendly and we kept the place clean. Plus the location was convenient, I could easily get almost anywhere. And I’m sure I don’t have to say, but Seoul is such a fun city. It felt like everyday i was discovering something new. Meiji were perfect. Our communication during the whole process was great, they were always friendly and quick to reply to my emails. Moving on my own to a new country, I felt so grateful to have such a caring group of people there for me at all times. The host company they found was welcoming and a really fun group of people to work with. Though I worked a lot, they still made time to introduce Korean culture to me and very often we would go out for Korean BBQ feasts and other yummy Korean pancakes, Kimchi, Toppoki and many more food I was lucky enough to try:)

I’m sad I had to leave, but I’m glad I experienced life in Korea and made some valuable connections. Either way I’ll be returning soon, even if it’s just for some Korean BBQ (if you're ever in Seoul, make a visit to Mapo Jeong Daepo… you’ll understand).

Pros
  • Valuable experience
  • Support from meiji
  • Good food, fun city :)
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Jenna
4/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Disappointing.

DISORGANIZED - I had to hound Meiji for important information that could have forced me to terminate my internship had the issues not been addressed in time. I felt alone during the preparation process and throughout the entirety of my internship once I got to Korea, as I only ever heard from Meiji if I reached out in an emergency. I was nearly forced to cancel my trip altogether due to Covid complications, which Meiji left me to navigate alone despite already having the information I needed at the time.

MISLEADING PROMISES - I arrived at my housing accommodation and found that Meiji had basically dropped me off at a dump. The place was still under construction, and I was the first and only resident. Dirt, workers, and construction fumes everywhere. Ear-splitting noise from the drilling outside my door every morning. Waste fumes coming from the bathroom. A sewer fly infestation moving from the drains to my bedroom. There was hardly room enough to live and it wasn’t fully furnished like I was promised it would be. The place wouldn’t have been acceptable for a standard accommodation, let alone the “superior accommodation” that I had paid for with Meiji's business package. Even then I had to fight them for four days before they finally agreed to move me, at which point my health was already compromised.

POOR FOLLOW-THROUGH - Also included in my package were language courses, sightseeing trips and networking events, and I only received information on these WEEKS into my internship after reminding Meiji multiple times that I was waiting on them. The “networking events” were a few web links to interest groups completely unrelated to my field of work, most of which either required payment or were not meeting within my period of stay. I understand events were difficult to find during the pandemic, but Meiji should have warned me of this before I payed for the service.

NO WORK MENTORSHIP - The internship itself was an okay experience and my boss took good care of me. However, I was not learning from a creative professional who could teach me how to finesse my abilities, but rather getting projects thrown at me and trying to figure out on my own how to give the company what they were looking for. I did get some work experience to put on my resume, however, and I am thankful for that.

UNSAFE - I must also mention that in the three months I was there I was put in danger multiple times. Perhaps I was a rare case and Meiji had no means of protecting me, but my aloneness as a woman and lack of a support system in Korea put me at risk. By the halfway point of my internship I was afraid to leave my apartment.

FALSE HOPE FOR YOUR CAREER - Meiji claims that their business package is meant for those who intend to pursue a career in Asia upon graduation and want the best experience possible to “free yourself of any stress.” I returned home with no hope of finding a job in Asia, and those three months had my stress and anxiety at the highest they’ve been in a long time. South Korea itself is amazing and I do believe the experience of working an internship abroad is worth it, but if I were to do it again I would not go with Meiji Internships. This was an enormous time and financial commitment, and I felt that the amount I paid far exceeded the quality of service that I received.

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