*The BGSU Global Internship-Tokyo, Japan
The internship in Japan program offers comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion for outstanding candidates from all over the world. Internships in Tokyo span all career fields and offer a range of opportunities with leading companies and organizations.
Tokyo is the cultural and industrial hub of Japan that will leave you wanting more. An internship in Japan offers successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable professional experience in one of the most important cities and countries in Asia, all while growing their global network and boosting their resume. The opportunities are endless in Tokyo. Our Japan internship program will set you apart in competitive job markets around the world.
The program offers much more than a leading internship. Japan is one of the most important and impressive countries in Asia and we want you to find out why. Comprehensive support necessary will ensure that your experience is professionally and personally rewarding. Accommodation, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included alongside your internship in Japan.You will form lifelong friendships with other program participants, forge long-lasting connections in Tokyo, and become part of our global alumni network after the program.
This program is best suited for students in the following areas: Hospitality, Events & Tourism, HR, Business, IT & Computer Science, Journalism, Publishing & Media, Language & Translation, PR & Marketing, Real Estate, and Consulting.
Japan’s capital juxtaposes ancient traditions with innovation and futuristic functionality. From ancient Shinto shrines, sumo tournaments and cherry blossom viewing festivals to the world’s tallest tower, multistory arcade centers, and more michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is the perfect combination of customs and innovation.
Often described as a city of cities, Tokyo is home to diverse districts with something for everyone. Head to the heart of the city and take a step back in time. Check out the Imperial Palace and public parks galore. Wander down the cobbled streets of Asakusa and visit the stunning Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Fast forward to the future and explore Akihabara, the home of all things electronic and the heart of all things anime, manga and videogame culture. Why not play the day away in a game center, a multi floor arcade? Head over to the business and entertainment district, Shinjuku, and stand in awe of the skyscrapers and take a trip up to the top of Skytree, the tallest tower in the world.
Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html
to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.
All internships will be conducted in English.
Japanese language courses available on request.
BGSU 4900: Internship Abroad*
Variable: 1-12 credit hours
Students will have to complete a minimum of 120 clock hours to meet the internship requirement as determined by each specific academic department approving the experience abroad.
*If students would like the internship to count towards a specific degree requirement they must obtain permission from the relevant department. Please consult with the Education Abroad office.
A top internship in your field of interest
Airport pick-up & drop-off
24/7 local support
Regular social & cultural events
Alumni career coaching
Your own private bedroom in shared accommodation with other interns or young professionals
Workplace HR Assessment: Partnering with the world's leading HR agency DDI International, The Intern Group provides a workplace personality and skills assessment usually exclusive to CEO’s and corporate leaders.
$300 discount because you’re a Bowling Green State University student
Additional $500 discount for Pell Grant recipients
Yearly full-ride and partial Global Leadership Grants
After the initial review of your application, you will be instructed to schedule a 20 minute interview with The Intern Group’s admissions team so that they can learn more about your career goals. If accepted into the program, you’ll then begin your collaborative placement process with the local team in the destination you’re interested in interning abroad in.
- Mt Fuji Day Trip
- Enjoy a fully-guided day trip to the famous Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Mount Komagatake and see the stunning Japanese landscape in a deluxe coach. Marvel at the grandeur of this UNESCO-listed site and discover its cultural importance among the Japanese people.
- Tokyo Tower
- A trip to the top of one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, followed by a meal in a famous restaurant nearby.
- Tsukiji market tour and Sushi workshop
- Tour the best sushi neighborhood in the world. Learn the arts of Japanese sushi from a master sushi chef and capture the very essence of Edo-mae cuisine.
- Japanese food tour
- Enjoy 7+ mouth-watering Japanese food tastings and discover the hidden gems in Izakaya. Taste the classic Japanese experience as we journey through Tokyo’s busiest area in Shinjuku.
Accommodation is provided in the safest and best areas of Tokyo. Some of the areas we place interns in are Adachi-ku, Koto-ku, Setagaya-ku and Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, although the exact location won’t be confirmed until a few weeks before your arrival. A private bedroom in a mixed gender, shared accommodation is provided.
The accommodation is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival and comes with bedsheets and internet as standard. The apartment is cleaned weekly by professional cleaners. You will find all the essential shops and a good variety of restaurants in the vicinity. The Intern Group takes great care to ensure that all our housing options are located within a reasonable commute (about 60 minutes is normal) to your work by metro or walking. Participants are never asked to share bedrooms.
Private studios are also available upon request at additional cost. If you wish to stay in a private studio please inform our staff at least 8 weeks prior to your start date and we will provide you with further details.
A topped-up transport card will be provided, with the cost of your first month's commute, allowing you to navigate Tokyo’s public transport without worrying about cost! With your first month’s commute to your internship covered. You can focus on settling into this amazing city and excelling in your internship.
BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of this program.
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
You may schedule an appointment with Ryan Czech by visiting https://calendly.com/rczech/30min
In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE
PROGRAM COSTS ($ specific to programs)
Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office*
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time
Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
|Estimated living expenses
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only!
“Finding housing, planning your events, and finding an internship is a rather big task, especially when you don't have the experience or knowledge. With The Intern Group, I was able to see a lot of what Hong Kong had to offer, live in a rather comfortable area with all the other interns, and get valuable life and professional experience. I also appreciate them helping me get a visa. Going to theme parks, cooking events, and getting to see Lantau and Macau is something I'll cherish for a long time.” - Joseph, The Intern Group Hong Kong, via Go Overseas
“I completed a marketing internship with The Intern Group in Australia for ten weeks this summer. The experience exceeded my expectations in every aspect and completely changed my life! I can honestly say that I know this will always be the best summer and most incredible experience of my life. I met people that I'm still friends with and talk to every day. I developed professional skills that now set me apart as I begin to search for post-graduation jobs. When I tell someone that I interned in Australia, they immediately take an interest in a way they normally wouldn't have.” Dezaray, The Intern Group Australia, via Go Overseas
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