Academic Internships in Tokyo

Live and work in Tokyo, Japan

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With a population of over 13 million people, Tokyo is world-leading metropolis and the center of Japanese business, transportation, government, and finance. See how limited space and resources are maximized in ingenious ways all while enjoying the myriad entertainment, shopping, and dining options the city has to offer.

Interns in Tokyo have the chance to experience Japanese culture in the bustling start-up and tech sectors, or at multinational companies or nonprofits. Tokyo thrives on hospitality, tourism, multinational business, the arts, and more. 

Learn more about Tokyo and see past internship examples »

What People are Saying

  • "In being able to preserve the old so well while also keeping up with the new, Japan has created a strong and unique identity for itself which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.” 

    Global Intern, 2018

Students interning in Tokyo are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors.

  • Business and Communications – marketing, operations, market research
  • Nonprofit and NGO – program development and management, think tanks, and advocacy groups
  • Information Technology and Computer Science – front-end and back-end coding, IT and technical customer support

Please note: Internships in an English language work environment are available in addition to those in Japanese. Japanese language skills will offer a larger variety of placement options.
Exact internship is determined through our Personalized Placement Process for each student.

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A Typical Tokyo Internship Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in Tokyo includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in shared rooms, typically two students per room, in a location accessible to the CIEE Center in Tokyo.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Tokyo’s city streets, tips on experiencing the best of Tokyo culture, introduction to local markets and services, and guidance on navigating Tokyo.

Ongoing Local Support from our local, on-site Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Tokyo.

Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.

Language: Please note internships in an English language work environment are available in addition to those in Japanese. Japanese language skills will offer a larger variety of placement options.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through your university programs, contact us.