Deadline: 30 June 2018
Open to: foreign nationals of developing countries (OECD/DAC-listed countries)
Benefits: daily allowance, round-trip economy class air ticket and other benefits
The METI Government of Japan Internship Program 2018 is now open for applications. As Japanese companies take on foreign talent from abroad for internships, Japan achieves greater internationalization for its people and organizations through knowledge building aimed at new developments and expansion of overseas business for Japanese companies, and by changing awareness through working with foreigners and experiencing cross-cultural communication, as well as constructing networks and developing in-house systems in conjunction with overseas universities aimed at securing foreign talent.
By doing internships in Japan, people from developing countries can study overseas business strategies at Japanese company and acquire the skills and expertise of Japanese companies, becoming trained as global leaders capable of working in Japan, in their home countries, and in the wider world in future.
Intern destinations: Private-sector companies, industry associations, and non-profit corporations in Japan. Host companies are determined after matching by the Program Office and subsequent approval by the Screening Committee.
Main responsibilities of interns:
- Formulating an internship plan (roles/goals, etc. of an intern) in consultation with the Internship manager;
- Participating in Pre-training, follow-up training, and wrap up presentation;
- Undertaking the internship full-time during the internship period(international students living in Japan must ensure this is balanced with academic work);
- Undertaking management of their own safety and health as thoroughly as possible, including gathering emergency information for Japan, as well as communication, reporting, and consultation with the Program Office and the host company;
- Submitting a variety of documents, notifications, reports, evaluation reports, etc. before coming to Japan, as well as during and after the internship period;
- Appropriate Behavior demonstrating awareness as a beneficiary of public funds received from the Japanese government.
Foreign nationals of developing countries (OECD/DAC-listed countries).
Applicants satisfying all the following requirements are eligible:
- Agreeing with the spirit of this program, and through the internship promoting internationalization of Japanese companies, developing the overseas business of Japanese companies, and working together to construct networks with overseas universities etc.
- Holding citizenship of an eligible country or region.
- Proficiency in Japanese language (JLPT level N3 or higher) or proficiency in English.
- As a rule, applicants should be at least 20 years of age and no older than 40 as at June 30, 2018.
- Applicants must able to submit a school or university enrolment or graduation certificate as well as a letter of recommendation from an affiliated university or institution etc.
- Able to undertake both the internship and Pre-Training full-time at the host company. (International students must also able to balance these against their studies)
- Other requirements meeting any individual conditions stipulated by the host company.
- Applicant must not have participated in this Program in 2016, 2017.
- Allowance: 4,000 yen (around 31 EUR) per day for living cose. This amount is payable per day for the entire duration of the internship (except for international students living in Japan, who will be paid for active days only);
- Round-trip economy class air ticket, travel insurance (international students in Japan not eligible);
- Internship insurance;
- Transportation and accommodation expenses including training program fee when participating in training.
How to apply?
Registration is accepted online via the registration form on the Program Office website.
Selection is conducted through document screening, primary interview (local language/English/Japanese), and secondary interview (Japanese/English).
As part of the selection process, various certificates (university qualifications, language skills, etc.), letters of recommendation, photographs, documents required for the visa, etc. are to be submitted individually.
For more information please visit the official website.
This program offers work experience, not actual employment. It aims to provide interns with workplace skills and know-how.
Please note it is not a substitute for casual or part-time employment etc.