Meiji Internships

Program Reviews

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Anthony
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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.

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Mackenzie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A real confidence boost

I needed an internship experience in order to graduate from university, so I used this as a chance to go abroad. Through some research and some talks with various student advisors, I became aware of Meiji Internships.

The culture of South Korea has always been of interest to me, so the thought of doing an internship there sounded really attractive. I was already relatively familiar with the culture, so the transition into the Seoul lifestyle was not really problematic for me.

Whenever I had a question Meiji were quick to respond and were always helpful. They made sure the company was right for me, and they ensured I had the best possible experience. I’m really glad I interned abroad, it’s given me so much confidence in both myself and my future career!

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Josephine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

They really took care of me!

The experience I had with Meiji was faultless. I felt well taken care of even from our very first contact, and I could feel their enthusiasm for ensuring interns have the best possible experience. Though it was my third time in Japan, it felt as if even my first time would have had no problems as everybody was so accommodating.

The internship itself was super fulfilling, my daily tasks were always varied and I had a significant level of responsibility. This really allowed me to pour a lot of pride and joy into my work! Altogether, I had the best possible time with my host company and Meiji, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get some work experience that will set you apart from the rest.

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Ben
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

First but not the last time in Fukuoka

I decided to do an internship in Japan to combine both my professional development with my dream of living in Japan. It was a really eye opening experience for me in many ways, and I have no regrets at all in doing so. I chose Meiji Internships after seeing that they offered programmes in Fukuoka. It was my first time hearing of this city but after doing some research I thought it was a good fit for me. The internship itself was great, I worked on the marketing for a branding agency startup and had many opportunities to express my own talents in the workplace.

Fukuoka is really a fantastic city and I highly recommend doing an internship here. Meiji Internships in particular were very easy to work with, and the application process had no problems at all. Having that peace of mind and being able to fully devote your energy towards just enjoying your time in Japan is worth every penny in my opinion.

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Natasha
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience you wont find elsewhere

Interning in South Korea was something I learned about during a university fair, and was honestly something I thought wasn't possible without knowing the language. Through some research I found Meiji, who showed me that this wasn’t true! The internship they matched me with required only English (much to my relief) and was closely related to my industry of interest. I had three interviews and each potential host company was really interesting to me, so it was difficult to choose only one. Once I arrived, they were really welcoming and wasted no time in showing me around the city.

Looking back I am really grateful I was able to experience this. If I could give one piece of advice it would be to take pictures at every given opportunity, because once you leave you’ll really miss this place.

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Stanley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I'll never forget my time in Korea

Coming to Korea for an internship turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. First I had a consultation call with Meiji and they questioned me on my industries of interest and previous experience. To be honest there were a few problems with the Host Companies at first, but eventually a few weeks later they matched me with the perfect company. I worked with a very small company in Seoul, and in the end I was so happy with them. It had an amazing family feel to it, and I felt very welcome as a new foreigner in the workplace. I was met by nothing but kindness and it lasted throughout my whole stay. They really helped me out in the beginning when I had issues setting things up like my bank account, so I will be forever grateful for all they did for me! For now it is goodbye but I am sure that it is not forever, Seoul will always have a special place in my heart.