Intern in Japan

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Work and live in Tokyo, one of the world’s largest cities

Imagine honing your professional skills in Japan, a leader in groundbreaking innovation, while you embrace all that Tokyo has to offer – the food, the festivals, the karaoke! Custom placements are available in Business, Web & IT, Film & Video, Education, and more. During your free time, participate in on-site cultural activities and explore southeast Asia on your own.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Average Courseload: U.S. credit may be available
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: On arrival (tourist visa)


  • Comprehensive orientation and cultural activities included
  • Customizable internship placements in a variety of fields, including Business, Web & IT, Film & Video, and Education
  • Pre-loaded SIM and transportation cards included
  • Share in a rewarding exchange of language, culture, and professional skill building
  • 24/7 on-site support to help you get adjusted to life in Japan

Internship Placements

Business & Economics internships available in Japan

Below are a few sample Business & Economics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

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Graphic Design Intern at Business Incubator

Use your talent for visual communication to improve marketing materials for growing companies. Responsibilities include working with design collateral within Adobe Suite, offering fresh ideas for branding, and digital design projects.

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Digital Marketing Intern at Services Company

Take your love of social media marketing to the next level by creating content for social networks and blogs. Tasks include reviewing Google Analytics data to provide insights about digital marketing efforts and improving SEO. No Japanese is needed – just a passion for reaching audiences online.

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Custom Business Internship

Whether you’re interested in consumer electronics, transportation, or the growing industries of consumer behavior and product analysis, a placement in Japan’s innovative business sector could be the right fit for you. Placements can be at either local or multinational companies, and can accommodate students in marketing, product development, HR, advertising, and more.

Education internships available in Japan

Below are a few sample Education placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

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Language Support at Adult Learning Center

Expand your teaching experience while you use your English skills to support conversational learning. You’ll support Japanese adult learners with English classes and coursework at an adult learning center. Tasks include lesson planning, tutoring, language assessment, and resource selection.

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Teacher Assistant at International School

Gain valuable interpersonal skills while working at an international school. Work side-by-side with the teacher while you get valuable experience in the classroom. Responsibilities include supporting teacher meetings, planning curriculum, and assisting in some teaching lessons.

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Custom Education Internship

Start with a customized education internship in Japan and see where that takes you – it just might lead to a full-time job! Share in a rewarding exchange of language, culture and instructional techniques as a teacher’s assistant in one of the world’s top education systems. Responsibilities include contributing to curriculum design, lesson planning, and lesson delivery.

Film and Television internships available in Japan

Below are a few sample Film and Television placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

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Video Editing Intern at Film Studio

Work alongside the production team as you help edit video. Tasks include working with video editing software, sound design, animations and text. You’ll be editing short video footage for social media, as well as recording and editing video for web content.

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Production Intern at Small Film Company

Bring your love of film to this internship, where you’ll help visualize product in creative new ways. Tasks include storyboarding, creative concepting, script writing, and set design. Support production with your creative ideas and put your practical skills to use with smaller project assignments. 

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Custom Film & Video Internship

Gain invaluable exposure to innovative filming techniques and cutting-edge production technologies on a project in Tokyo. Work with big budget feature film studios, social network lifestyle content producers, or culture and adventure documentarians by scouting, staging, filming, editing, or any combination.

IT and Computer Systems internships available in Japan

Below are a few sample IT and Computer Systems placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

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Developer Intern at Software Company

Put your software engineering skills to the test with this placement while you build new skills working alongside seasoned software engineers. You’ll support new product development at a software company by researching, designing, programming, and testing computer software. Tasks include some UI/UX design, system analysis, reporting issues correctly, and writing specifications where needed.

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Robotics Engineering Intern

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Custom Web & IT Internship

Japan’s global hyperconnection creates significant demand for web developers, designers, and IT-trained students fluent in English, as well as technology’s various code-based linguas francas. Depending on your skills and interests, you might find yourself developing games, apps, or websites, or managing and troubleshooting databases or hardware. 

Program Details

Why Life in Tokyo

Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun, Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it’s home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke. It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during your time in Tokyo. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you’ll always want to come back. The city is that special!

Live The Local Life

  • Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

    The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.

  • Mt. Fuji

    Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.

  • Largest Fish Market in the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in the world. Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!

  • Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring)

    Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree

    The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.

Housing in Tokyo


Participants stay in single rooms at a local hotel in downtown Tokyo. Room sizes are modest, but do include an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, and a private space to relax and focus on work. Experience what it’s like to live in a cozy, space-conscious room that often feature fold-away furniture. The hotel is in a quieter neighborhood but within walking distance to Tokyo’s highly efficient public transportation system.

Depending on the timing of your program, you may stay in a different location than the one pictured, but the experience and amenities will be comparable.


The rooms each have kitchenettes that are equipped with the following so you can cook your own meals:

  • Microwave, Dishes and a Kettle
  • Frying Pan, Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Cooking Plate

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Microwave
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, & Body Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance (just in case!)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • LIVE! Pre-departure Orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • The Local Life cultural program
  • Pre-loaded SIM card
  • Pre-loaded transportation card

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, we’ll get a lay of the land, touring our apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, we’ll explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing ourselves with the subway and train systems. We’ll likely then set out for an excursion (see “Program Excursions” for potential options). Orientation continues with a welcome dinner the first Friday night of the week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially after having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan!) and rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch, so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Shortly after your arrival, we’ll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we’ll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we’ll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We’ll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety of Japanese food.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.



Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.


Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.


Add to your program for no extra fee!

As an intern, you have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential from CIS Abroad! Having a highly visible addition to your resume or LinkedIn profile can help you stand out from other job seekers. It’s a fast-track way to identify demonstrated skills that make YOU a more valuable contributor to an organization.

Learn more about the Working Across Cultures micro-credential.

If you’re interested in earning this micro-credential, please message your instructor by the beginning of the second week of your internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.