Career CenterWaseda University

Internship Desk

Programs

An Important Note from the Career Center

The Career Center does not conclude Memorandum of Understanding with hiring organizations not affiliated with either WIN (Waseda Intern), an internship certification program, or any of the collaborative programs not served by the Career Center. The Career Center does not issue recommendation letters or written permission either. This applies to all the internships students have developed on their own, domestic and overseas. The Career Center strongly encourages all students who participate in an internship program be enrolled in a liability insurance policy, premiums to be borne by the interns. Please kindly note that interns are personally and fully responsible for their actions.

Affiliated Internship Programme

Courses Various industrial sectors
e.g. manufacturing, financial, banking, services, education, tourism,
Eligibility Undergraduate and Graduate Students
*Most companies have set no restriction on nationalities.
**Proficiency in Japanese is required in most cases, excluding the OECD program.
Application Periods Vary.
Submission of application forms to the Internship Office before the designated deadlines
Selection Process Vary.
Document Screening and Interview at University and Hosting Organisations
Seminars Business Manner and Risk Management Seminars (Compulsory)
Follow-Up Seminar
Application Forms Please refer to attached files.
Final Report To be submitted within ONE week of completion of internship
Credits Vary. (for the semester AFTER the completion of internship )
*At least Fifteen (15) Working Days
  1. No consecutive internship participation to the same organization will be permitted.
  2. Application periods and eligibility conditions vary from company to company. Please read all the instructions carefully.
  3. Do note that once the application is submitted to the internship organization, no withdrawal will be allowed (unless one has reasons deem valid by the University).
  4. For credit transfer application – PRIOR registration (BEFORE the start of internship) is mandatory. No credit transfer application will be accepted under any circumstances, mid-way in the internship or after the internship is completed. Please kindly give ample notice, preferably at least four weeks in advance.

If you have any enquiries on the Affiliated Program, please contact the Internship Desk at intern@list.waseda.jp, or visit us at the Career Center.

Internship On Your Own

Internships at Japanese Corporations in Japan

Internships in Japan are for the most part, aimed at third-year undergraduates and are offered during the summer months. In recent years, internships which are offered in the spring to first and second-year students are also on the increase. There are also instances of internships that are offered throughout the year.

As a rule of thumb, application will take place from April to June. Internship programs which take place in spring will start to accept applications in December. Interested students are encouraged to check the websites of organizations offering internships regularly.

Please refer to the Career Compass on MyWASEDA for more information.
Please kindly note that information is currently available in Japanese only.
*Mainly domestic companies.

International students who are interested in internships with Japanese corporations are strongly encouraged to learn the Japanese language, and be able to communicate effectively in the workplace.

Proficiency in Japanese is not only a must in order to communicate with your coworkers and fellow interns, but depending on your position and type of duties, is also a matter of ensuring occupational safety.

International students who are seeking internships and are able to satisfy language requirements can refer to the following information to help in their search:

  • Affiliate Program
  • Internship Information
  • Third Party Job Search Sites
  • If you are interested in interning at a particular company or organization, please refer to the company’s website or other relevant source.
    If no information is available, you can try to contact the organization’s personnel department directly for definitive information.
  • Contact organizations such as local, municipal, and prefectural chambers of commerce, as well as organizations which serve to promote internship programs.
  • The Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners, a public agency, may also be able to assist you.

Overseas Internships

To learn more about overseas internship, please refer to the following HERE.

You will find a list of international organizations and their local offices.
The following is a list of institutions that can connect you to internships.

To learn more about them, please refer to their  HPs.

  • AIESEC
    AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organization. It focuses on providing a platform for youth leadership development and offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment.
  • The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience IAESTE
    IAESTE is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organization. It provides students with technical degrees (Science, Engineering, Applied Arts) with paid, course-related training abroad. Over 80 countries are involved with the IAESTE.
  • The Washington Center
    The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) was founded in 1975 to provide students with transformational experiences that foster academic and professional achievement leadership and civic engagement. More than 1,500 students from the U.S. and more than 20 countries participate each year.
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