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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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Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in the land of smiles

My internship with Meiji in Thailand took place a few months ago during the start of the summer. I had the most amazing journey in the land of Smiles meeting new friends, colleagues, and experiencing a whole new diverse culture. I felt that I struck a great balance between work and play, and I was able to get stuck into some really great projects.

The company covered a few different functions, but my position was mainly in the department of customer liaison. We were providing customised tours to tourists throughout Thailand, which gave me a great opportunity to research and experience all the best aspects of the country. Appearing in the local newspaper was also an unexpected event, but a very welcome one.

Honestly it’s all thanks to Meiji for granting me this opportunity and making sure that I had the best possible time in both the professional side and leisurely side of things. I would recommend their services to anyone and everyone!

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Ingrid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Land of the Morning Calm

My internship just ended and I still cannot believe that my three months in Seoul passed so quickly. Korea was so nice to me and this internship really gave me a deeper inside look of what it means work in Asia. My host company was super friendly and I am so happy that I was placed in a marketing and advertising agency that really embraced me right from the beginning. I worked a lot in marketing and learned so much about copywriting, making client presentations, the different advertisement campaigns from video recording, model shooting and website building. I was not able to get technical knowledge in these areas as I have never done it before, but I was assisting other staff and also appeared in a local radio program on a tourist campaign we were involved.
I did tell Meiji that this is my first time in Asia and I was very nervous about how everything would go. but the accommodation, company and also the activities they organized for me were super fun! The best highlight was when I made Korean friends and we did a proper girls date and went to Lotte World for some fun in the sun and a lot of Insta pics with too many peace signs (I am really good at it now!).
One thing I do want to make other interns aware is that long working hours are the norm, not the exception. Germany is very different on this bit.

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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spiced up internship in Megacity SEOUL

Yoyo good recall my vibrant and crazy fast-paced internship in Seoul this Summer. I don't know where to start but this was definitely a rollercoaster of high emotions and great food. I think food will give a good introduction so here we go. lol
As a typical Western European I was amazed and shocked as well how good AND spicy the food is over in Korea. It took my metabolism to adjust to the flavors and hot level, but once I mastered it I really didn't want to go back to Germany. haha
The night markets, the 24hr great drinking and bars that were open just gave me no other chance than going with my colleagues for sporadic drinks out sometimes.
Coming to the important bit my friends; The Internship!
Meiji did a great job placing me in a very successful startup focusing on English Learning platform and I was exposed to so many different business segments. Hey! No English teacher tasks, ok? Ah lot of IT, sales, marketing and even PR tasks were handed over to me during the three months I been there. The only thing I did not like was that sometimes working hours or work days changed, but I was informed in advance most of the time. This seems to be common in some Korean companies as other Meiji interns also told me that sometimes their boss had some promotional activities scheduled for weekends.
Last but not least, my Korean as well as my English has immensely improved and I was actually able to progress from Anyeonghaseyo to ordering food and talking about weather in Korean at the end. haha
I would say for anybody who wants to go to Asia, don't overlook Korea, because you gonna regret it. Bis denn Ihr Lieben! Alles gute euer Thomas!:)

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Daan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My internship experience

At university I studied Tourism with the intention of working overseas in the hotel industry, and as expected Covid made finding real work experience overseas very difficult. During this time I had a chance to reflect on my next move, and so I set my goals towards Korea.

I got in touch with Meiji since I heard that the borders to Korea had opened, and at the time I didn’t want to waste any further time, so I selected the fast track option. I imagine my case was quicker than usual, but Meiji very quickly set up my internship with one of the top hotels in Seoul.

Once I arrived (earlier this year in May), life was much easier than expected. Korean’s are generally very nice and always happy to help, plus most of the important things will come with English translations. My daily work kept me busy enough, and as expected I found the work very interesting. During my 3 months at the hotel, I rotated around many different parts of the business function, so I was exposed to a lot. Also as it was an international hotel, I had no troubles with the language barrier.

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Oscar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I interned with a new start-up through Meiji for 4 months.

The experience began with a Skype video call to discuss which business would work considering your interests, which I was glad to see. The interviews themselves went smoothly and I appreciated the care the staff showed towards my interests.

I speak very little Japanese, but I still managed to contribute to the company, primarily through creative marketing schemes aimed at international clients, as well as helping Japanese colleagues with their English.

I've learned a lot about how businesses work within Japan, and have gained a new perspective on the possibilities for my future career.

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