Drawing in more than 55 million tourists annually, Kyoto may be famous for its thousands of Buddhist temples, picturesque gardens, traditional wooden houses, geishas and tempting cuisine, but it is also an important hub for Japan’s leading hi-tech companies. The former Imperial capital is one of the country’s main academic centers and has long established business ties with the rest of the world making it an excellent city to intern abroad in – particularly for business, IT, marketing, logistics and hospitality. Strengthen your work experience with a full-time internship while exploring the historic region, which is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and appreciating the comfortable climate.

Overview

Gain real world work experience with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks

Further your professional development via interview preparation sessions and individualized feedback/coaching, along with a guided evaluation procedure

Live in Kyoto, Japan’s former Imperial capital for more than 1,000 years and now a leading technology and electronics hub

Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished apartments or small houses which include internet and utilities

Explore Kyoto during your comprehensive 2-day Orientation Program, filled with adventure as well as learning about local business etiquette and internship best practices

Participate in cultural events included throughout the duration of the internship, such as practicing meditation at a zen temple or learning how to make the famous matcha green tea

Benefit from TEAN support as well as local staff based in Kyoto who can help you culturally, professionally and personally throughout your stay

Take advantage of the TEAN re-entry advising to assist in the practical application of the skills you have learned (i.e. adding your experience to your resume or leveraging your experience abroad to increase marketability at home)

Career Fields

Internship Career Fields

TEAN offers Summer (8-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries including the below. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed please contact us to check availability.

Marketing and Advertising

Work for an agency or in-house at a large corporation learning the ins and outs of marketing and advertising. Roles can center around content writing, account management, graphic design and more.

Business and Economics

Experience working in a successful company gaining experience in business development, sales, market research, evaluating risk and vetting new business opportunities.

Media and Public Relations

Gain valuable experience dealing with media and PR for a public relations agency or media outlet as a content writer, event planner or PR assistant. Placements in both local and international organizations are available.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Experience working as a research analyst, market researcher, data analyst or marketing specialist.

Education

Work in the field of education as an assistant teacher, curriculum builder or content writer for educational materials.

Entrepreneurship

Dive into the Kyoto’s startup scene working for a unique startup company (including FinTech opportunities) or entrepreneur as an intern marketer, analyst, community manager, sales, product developer or in sales.

Hospitality

Gain insight into the hospitality industry interning in management, events or F&B.

Social Enterprises

Work for unique social enterprises as a community manager, activity planner, social media specialist, content writer or marketing specialist.

Healthcare

Shadow and assist a range of doctors and nurses at a leading health clinic.

Academic Credit

Academic Credit through TEAN

TEAN has partnered with Elmhurst College, located in suburban Chicago, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for TEAN’s 8-week summer internship programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of learning goals and objectives (set with a supervisor), weekly reflections, employer evaluations and an activity report. Interns will be enrolled at Elmhurst as visiting students and will be in contact with an Elmhurst faculty member for all assignments.

The academic credit is included in your program cost, and includes an electronic transcript with a Pass/Fail grade from Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, as well as The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about Elmhurst College at www.elmhurst.edu.


Home University Credit

Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.

TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.

Housing

Housing in Internship Locations

TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully-furnished shared apartments or studios in the host city. Accommodation is centrally located within walking distance of public transport.

Orientation & Events

Orientation

Your 2-day Kyoto Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to the local culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also offering plenty of time to get to know your soon-to-be TEAN friends and having a fun journey in the process. After introductory sessions and a delicious welcome meal, visit Kinkaku-Ji, one of Kyoto’s most famous zen Buddhist temples, and Fushimi Inari, the iconic Shinto shrine recognized by its orange and black gates. To round out the experience, take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony complete with kimono.


Events

Even though you are traveling abroad to intern, it’s important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of two unique and engaging cultural, experiential or professional activities, such as coffee catch ups and a football match during your time in Kyoto. Examples of past events include:

  • Business networking events, such as at Internations, and company visits
  • A community volunteering day with local university students
  • Cultural excursions, such as a one day-trip to Nara or one-day trip to Osaka
  • Professional workshops led by local industry leaders and entrepreneurs on various themes, such as starting an enterprise, navigating cultural differences or becoming a future leader
  • Learning how to make matcha tea or visiting the Obubu tea farm
  • Meditation workshop in a Japanese zen temple
  • Introduction to learning Japanese

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • All applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
  • The amount of required coursework will vary for each placement and your school.
  • Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
  • Other students are encouraged to apply as many other non-academic factors are taken into consideration.
  • There is no visa requirement for this program.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application for the Summer program anytime starting from November. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Summer 2019

May start 
Application Deadline Feb 1
Arrival Day May 17
Orientation May 17-18
Internship Starts May 20
Internship Ends July 12
Program Ends July 14
June start
Application Deadline Feb 15
Arrival Day June 21
 Orientation June 21-22
 Internship Starts June 24
 Internship Ends Aug 16
 Program Ends Aug 18

Fees & Inclusions

Summer 2019

Program fee and accommodation: $6,200


What’s Included

  • Internship Placement
  • Electronic transcript (6 credits on an Elmhurst College transcript)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
  • Orientation with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of TEAN Staff and local internship support staff
  • Cultural events during the program
  • Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
  • Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a Lessons From Abroad conference

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,000-$1,500)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Meals ($800)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost to commute to/from the internship site dependent on internship location. Check with your Internship Program Manager for more details. (up to $500)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experiences and budgets. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

How it Works

How it works

Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates.  If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team along with our placement team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.

1. APPLY

Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.

2. Phone/Skype Interview

Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.

3. CONFIRM YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT

After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.

4. INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.

5. ACCEPTANCE

You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.

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