Internships in Japan

Our leading internships in Japan offer you the chance to gain invaluable professional experience in one of the most important cities in Asia, all while growing your global network and boosting your resume. Home to some of the world’s elite companies, the internship opportunities in Tokyo are endless and span a vast range of career fields.

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International internships in Japan

Overview

Launch your career with our Japan internship program, available in Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan area. The city has been described as one of the world’s three “command centers” alongside London and New York. Here you will find top-tier law firms, world class fashion designers, leading marketing minds, and financial giants. It is the cradle from which companies like Sony, Canon and Honda rose to immeasurable heights. Japanese culture is like no other and the tailored professional skills you’ll gain through an internship in Tokyo will make you stand out from your peers.

Budding business and finance professionals need look no further than this Japanese city. Tokyo is one of the world’s most important financial hubs and home to over 50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world. If your interests lie in the creative fields, Tokyo will provide you with the burst of inspiration that you need to set yourself apart from your peers, as Japan’s center of culture, communications and media.

Tokyo juxtaposes ancient traditions with innovation and futuristic functionality. From ancient Shinto shrines, sumo tournaments, and cherry blossom viewing festivals to the world’s tallest tower, multistorey arcade centers, unrivalled shopping district, and more michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is the perfect combination of customs and innovation. Our international interns also like to take weekend trips to Japan’s other big cities like Osaka, Hokkaido, Kyoto and Okinawa Island.

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Community & Events

The community that international interns become a part of when they undertake an internship in Tokyo is made up of diverse and talented individuals from around the world. As an intern in Tokyo, you’ll have the chance to make professional connections with both local Japanese professionals and international experts. Of course, living and commuting with other interns means you’ll also have a built-in group of friends with whom to explore all that Tokyo has to offer! In addition to an internship in your career field, our internship in Japan program provides an entire professional, cultural and social experience.

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Accommodation

We provide interns in Tokyo with accommodation in the safest and easiest-to-commute areas such as Nerima-ku, Itabashi-ku, Suginami-ku, and Kawasaki. The exact location of your accommodation won’t be confirmed until a few weeks before your arrival.

Private bedroom in a shared apartment

Interns in Tokyo live in a private bedroom in a shared apartment. The apartments are professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. Each accommodation includes the necessities such as bedding and WiFi. You will find all the essential shops and a good variety of restaurants in the vicinity. We take great care to ensure that all our housing options are located within a reasonable commute (about 60-90 minutes is normal) to your work by metro or walking.

Private studios

Private studios might be available upon request at additional cost. If you wish to stay in a private studio, please inform us at least 8 weeks prior to your start date and we will provide you with further details.

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Visa Information

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General Eligibility

  • You must hold a passport with at least 6 months validity.
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Visa Rules

  • You must apply in-person to the Japan Embassy, in the country of your citizenship/long-term residence.
  • The cost of the visa is estimated at 3,000 Japanese Yen. The Intern Group’s program fee does not cover this and other associated expenses regarding the visa application.
  • This visa is valid for 3 months and lasts for 90 days (single entry) upon arrival.
  • If your program lasts more than 90 days, you are required to leave (before your first entry permit expires) and re-enter Japan.
  • You must not engage in paid activities in Japan.
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Visa Type

  • Temporary Visitor Visa

Immigration regulations are constantly changing so please be advised that the above information may differ anytime.

 

Career Advancement Training

Interns benefit from career advancement tools before, during, and following their internship program. These tools enable you to successfully prepare for your internship before you start, make the most of your experience while you’re there, and successfully sell your experience in interviews to future employers.

You will be asked to take a pre-program DDI International workplace personality and skills assessment and will be given access to a library of training materials designed to help you succeed. These materials include tips and advice on interview techniques, adapting to international working environments, making a lasting impression in the workplace, and building your personal brand.

During your internship, training is delivered through a combination of videos, podcasts, articles, quizzes, and projects and you will receive a LinkedIn badge upon completion. Subjects include critical thinking, oral/written communication, teamwork, digital technology, leadership, professionalism, career management, and global/intellectual fluency.

You will also be granted access to our CV improvement tool, helping you to effectively communicate your achievements and skills to future employers program.

 

Alumni success coaching

We partner with experienced career coaches to provide participants with a personalized, one hour career coaching session upon completing the program. Participants choose from our portfolio of experts who they would like to guide them through their next steps after their international internship. These are just a few of the topics covered:

  • Selling your international internship experience
  • Building a stand-out CV/resume
  • LinkedIn branding
  • Salary negotiations
  • Landing your dream job
  • Strategies for interviewing

 

Exclusive Workshop Series

Participants will have the opportunity to elevate their professional skills by receiving access to tailor-made Workshop Series that are exclusive to program participants, including interview practice sessions with worldwide peers, CV review workshops, Linkedin workshops, and more!

Participants will also receive invitations to Keynote Speaker events featuring industry experts through panel discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions where participants can also ask live Q&A sessions, giving them the opportunity to enhance their skills and network with the best in the business!

24/7 Support

Our on-the-ground Tokyo team offers 24/7 support with local expertise, from start to finish. They are incredibly proud of the city’s life & culture and they want to show you why! They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in Tokyo. The team will also provide a thorough welcome orientation to help you settle into the city and feel at ease. Our Tokyo team is available throughout your internship program should you have any questions or queries.

We also partner with Talkspace to provide all our participants with fully anonymous access to a licensed online therapist for up to 3 months. This ensures you’ll always have someone to talk to when adjusting to life in your new city.

Fees & Start Dates

The cost of the program is fixed in Japanese Yen (JPY).

Please note that the below fees do not include visa costs, flights, insurance or daily food & drink. The summer fee is subject to your selected program start date. See our pricing page for more information and to find out about available discounts.

Currency
6 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 821500
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 913600
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 495000
8 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 979400
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1087300
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 495000
10 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1119800
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1241800
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 495000
12 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1294500
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1434000
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 600000
16 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1629800
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1802800
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 600000
20 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 1902800
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 2103100
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 600000
24 Weeks
Full program
(August - May)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 2157800
Full program
Summer (June - July)

$£¥฿HK$AU$ 2383600
Without Accommodation
$£¥฿HK$AU$ 600000

Start dates

Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule. The following start dates are available for your selected destination:

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2025
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  • Feb 15th
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  • June 21st
  • July 5th
  • Aug 2nd
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  • Sept 27th
  • Oct 25th
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