Government of Japan Internships for International Students and Young Professionals

Government of Japan Internships for International Students and Young Professionals

Applications are now open for the 2024 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Government of Japan Internship Program. As Japanese companies take on young 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.

This program aims for people from developing countries to get a great opportunity to learn overseas business strategies in Japanese businesses and to acquire the skills and expertise from Japanese companies. You would be trained as a global leader capable of working in Japan, in your home country and all over the world in the future.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Foreign professionals with advanced skills who are nationals of developing countries (countries on the OECD/DAC list, excluding the People’s Republic of China)

  • As a general guideline, about 1 person per company (maximum 60 companies)

    Internship Placement

    In-person internships in Japan:

  • In-person internships will take place at small to medium-sized companies with main business locations in Japan (excluding industry associations, non-profit organizations, and local governments).

    Online internships:

    Online internships will be conducted remotely within the intern’s home workspace under the direction and management of the host company’s activities.

  • Internship destinations are decided after matching by the program(JIP)office and interviews with companies.

  • Applicants are welcome to apply for both internship options.


    Pre-training for interns(Training will cover explanations of the business overview, the process of participating in the internship, precautions and key points regarding the internship, as well as information about work eligibility in Japan.)

  • Assistance in obtaining a visa to enter Japan

  • Arrangement of round-trip airline tickets

  • Arrangement of accommodation

  • Provision of necessary personal computers for the internship (for in-person internships, provided by the host company; for online internships, generally
    provided by the program office upon separate consultation).

  • Activity support funds based on the internship duration (In-person internships, 3,000 yen per day; online internships, equivalent of 1,000 yen per day in local currency).

  • Internship insurance

    Application Requirements

    Applicants must meet all the following

  • The applicants must agree with the purpose of this project and be able to cooperate with the promotion of globalization of Japanese companies, the expansion of overseas business of companies and the building networks with overseas universities through internships.

  • Holding citizenship of the applicable countries or regions.

  • Proficiency in Japanese language (JLPT level N3 or higher) or proficiency in English.

  • In principle, those who are 18 to 40 years old as of August 1, 2024.

  • Students must be able to submit a certificate of enrollment from their university or other institution and a letter of recommendation from their university or university faculty, etc.

  • Graduates must be able to submit a certificate of graduation from their previous university and a letter of recommendation from their university faculty or institution, etc.

  • Those who can submit certificates of various qualifications.


  • Those who can dedicate themselves exclusively to the training and internship at the company; and who can participate in the internship according to the timetable specified by the program office (JIP office).

  • The applicant must meet other specific conditions required by each company.

  • Those who have not participated in this program between FY2016 and FY2023.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Government of Japan Internships for International Students and Young Professionals

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