Internships Abroad in Tokyo

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How about starting your career in the Land of the Rising Sun? Have business meetings in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka, eat your sushi lunch under the sakura (cherry) trees and explore Japan with new friends by hopping on the famous bullet train! Intern in Japan arranges your internship placement. Operating mainly in Tokyo and Osaka we offer a wide variety of fields. Don't speak Japanese? Not ...

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Develop professional skills through this program developed by Internship in Japan. Participants get the chance to advance their career opportunities while exploring the country's cultural hub of Tokyo. To be eligible for this program participants must be between the ages of between 18 to 28 and of good health and character.

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Are you a university student studying to be a teacher and looking for a real classroom experience to add to your resume? World Explorers now offer exciting internship opportunities to work as a Teacher’s Assistant in a classroom in Japan! Our trusted partner agency can arrange placements in local middle schools and high schools in the Tokyo area. You will dedicate 40 hours per week to teachin...

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Jump-start your professional teaching career with a paid internship offered by International TEFL Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Gain valuable work experience and immerse in the culture of this famous, growing metropolis. Placements are open to participants from anywhere in the world, and last from 6 months to a year.

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**This internship is only open to applicants who can speak JAPANESE at a BUSINESS or NATIVE level. Applicants will be asked to submit their resumes in BOTH English and Japanese.** IMS Legal Professional Corporation is looking for an intern to help with the processing of the many visa applications the company receives from within and without Japan. Located in Tokyo, one of the largest metropoli...

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In Tokyo, we can arrange paid internships with several companies from the media sector (e.g. graphic design, media production, media content creation, English language SEO and web marketing, web development and English-Japanese translation, business networking and event management). These internships are open to applicants of all nationalities. The requirements in terms of technical skills a...

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JapanTravel.com is an inbound travel website published by Japan Travel KK. Each year we take over 30 promising, talented photojournalists and videographers on a 4 week journey around Japan. You will have opportunities to: - Produce articles, photos or videos whilst travelling around Japan. - Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, interact with local people and gain a unique view...

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Develop a web service for travelers with a startup company in Japan. Libra has accepted multicultural students and employees, and all the members enjoy working together to create great web services for travelers. Students who are interested in Japan and have some technical skills, especially in Ruby or Javascript, are most suitable for the internship program. Interns will earn professiona...

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Explore, immerse, and develop skills in Tokyo, Japan while interning abroad through Intrax Global Internships. There are varying placements for interns in Information Systems, Public Administration, and Communications. The placements require participants to be at least 18 years old, qualify for all applicable visa and embassy regulations, and have a passion for learning about new cultures.

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Interning Abroad in Tokyo

You don’t come to the largest city in the world for the lack of opportunity. Tokyo is a mega-metropolis, a city with over 35 million inhabitants and host to many of the world’s most successful multinational corporations, a plethora of prestigious international universities, and a thriving youthful culture which acts as the beating heart of Japan. Considered one of the world’s truly global cities, landing an internship in Tokyo will surely be the first step to launching a successful international career, whatever your field of interest.

Internships in Tokyo

There is certainly no shortage of internships in Tokyo. However, in some cases the Japanese language barrier can be a discouraging factor for many who are interested in interning in Japan. Although some internationally-oriented internships in Tokyo are conducted in English, Japanese remains the primary language of business transactions in Tokyo, so those who decide to intern in Japan are often expected to be at least conversationally adept in the Japanese language. Some internships in Tokyo will combine work with language study, and interns who choose this option will find that learning Japanese opens up an entire world of opportunities.

Whatever way you choose to tackle the language barrier, your next step to finding an internship in Tokyo is selecting your field of placement. International Business, Communications, Marketing and Media, Finance, and Information Technology are all popular areas of placement. Not only is Tokyo the most populous city on the planet, but it also has the largest metropolitan economy and is a hugely influential center of global business and finance. If your ambitions lie in enterprise, than there is hardly a better way, or place on Earth, to begin your career than by interning in Tokyo.

Not surprisingly, Tokyo is also the cultural center of Japan and thus affords many internship opportunities in more artistic fields, such as Fashion Design, Art, and Architecture, too. Japanese pop-culture is impressively vibrant and unique, offering individuals who intern abroad in Tokyo with a variety of valuable opportunities to enhance their perspective of Japan. As a general rule, internships in Tokyo will typically require a commitment of at least a few weeks, but long-term internships are common and placements are available throughout the year.

Life in Tokyo

Although Tokyo is extremely densely populated, it refreshingly moves without the chaotic disorder which governs so many other cities of its size. The metropolitan area is impressively clean and efficient, with an intricate metro system that connects virtually every corner of the city. Traditional Japanese culture supplements the city’s steady pulse perfectly. Those who intern in Tokyo will find locals generally conduct their everyday affairs with a sense of mutual dignity, hospitality, and respect. The overall culture of efficiency and respect makes for a very pleasant environment for foreigners who intern abroad in Tokyo.

Still, culture shock can still be very much a pertinent reality. Interns may find life in Tokyo to be quite different from the Western world in social patterns, interactions, and expectations. Japanese culture is very cohesive and outsiders may struggle to adapt at first, being lost and confused in their business setting and internship in Tokyo in the first few days. Do not fret – locals are typically very friendly and understanding, and are willing to help interns adjust to their placement and place in Japan. Ease your way in respectfully with a polite smile and be vigilantly aware of learning opportunities, both professional and social. You will find that cultural differences are nothing to stress over, and should be celebrated enthusiastically with passionate interest.

Now for the fun part - in your free time, what better way to fully immerse yourself than going out and exploring all that this tremendous city has to offer? From the Zen undertones of Yoyogi Park to the sweeping views of Tokyo Skytree to the iconic nightlife surrounding Shibuya crossing, Tokyo is an infinitely fun and fascinating maze to be explored. Whatever your leisure time interests, interning in Tokyo will provide an exciting spin on life abroad for first time travelers and seasoned expats alike. Sample a bit of everything and do not shy away from seemingly bizarre or strange cultural opportunities – after all, these will be the ones you remember best.

Salary & Costs

Like most advanced cities of its global stature, Tokyo can be quite an expensive place to intern abroad since daily living costs are pricey. The national currency, the Japanese Yen, runs at about 108 JPY per $1. While interning abroad in Tokyo, most of your expenses will likely be bound up in food, transportation, and leisure. All of these commodities can add up if you are not careful, so it is important to be savvy about when to splurge and when to save. Shopping and dining locally, while efficiently utilizing the local metro system, will help create a sustainable thrifty lifestyle during an internship in Tokyo.

It is certainly possible to find a paid internship in Tokyo, but typically most internships are unpaid and instead may compensate interns with a combination of free meals, housing, and a stipend. Spend time researching different internship options and find the perfect internship abroad in Tokyo that matches your budget and interests.

Accommodations & Visas

Many internships abroad in Tokyo will help you in organizing housing, either in group or independent living arrangements. Communicate with your program or host employer early on about available housing options as well as your personal preferences. If you are planning on finding housing independently, then do your research carefully and try to find a location that is near to your internship placement.  Tokyo is absolutely massive and contains 23 special wards, 26 cities, and four sub-prefectures, so your search for an apartment will start out quite broad. Consider affordability, included utilities, and especially location when browsing a variety of options.

If your internship in Tokyo lasts for more than 90 days then you will likely need to apply for a temporary employment visa to intern in Tokyo. Your internship abroad program provider or Japanese employer will typically help to facilitate this process though.

Benefits & Challenges

There are few cities on earth which are all at once globally influential, culturally unique, and intellectually fascinating, such as Tokyo. As the central life vein of Japan for centuries, Tokyo thrives as the capital city of one of the world’s oldest and greatest civilizations.

Today a hub of international commerce, wealth, and cultural influence, there are few better places to complete an internship abroad. If you are prepared to take on the challenge and tackle the Japanese language and cultural barriers, then interning abroad in Tokyo will provide you with a truly life changing professional experience.

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