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.
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 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.
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
Keynote speaker series
Our internship program includes 12 months access to our interactive keynote speaker series featuring global business leaders. Our accomplished keynote speakers are well known for their extensive expertise and success across different career fields. These live online talks take place every two weeks and give you the chance to learn what it really takes to make it. You have the opportunity to ask live questions in the Q & A section of every talk.
The reason Fortune 500 companies invest large sums of money for an in-person keynote address from a global business leader to their staff is because their insights are first-class. Our previous speakers include well-known experts, CEOs, and Co-Founders. See our How it Works page for more information.
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.
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.