Japan Internship 2024

The Japan Internship Program helps Japanese companies grow internationally and encourages innovation by using the skills of talented foreign professionals. The program recognizes that hiring global talent can make Japanese companies more competitive.

Although more Japanese companies are now interested in hiring international talent, this trend hasn't fully caught on, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These smaller companies often lack experience and connections for working with global professionals.

To tackle this issue, the METI Japan Internship Program helps SMEs create a solid system for expanding overseas. It offers internships to foreign university students and skilled professionals, giving them a chance to understand job roles in Japanese companies. This year, some internships will pair foreign interns with Japanese students to promote global understanding among Japanese students.

In summary, the Japan Internship Program aims to connect Japanese companies, particularly SMEs, with talented people from around the world, fostering cooperation and mutual benefits.

Types of available internship

A/A2 Course: Commuting Internships

Under the A/A2 Course, you will have the opportunity to commute from your home to the internship company every day to carry out your duties. This working style allows for face-to-face interaction with your colleagues and supervisor, facilitating effective communication and collaboration.

B/B2 Course: Online Internships

The B/B2 Course offers the flexibility of conducting your internship experience remotely, from your own home or any other suitable location. This online format is particularly beneficial for companies considering overseas expansion, as it enables the conduction of surveys and research that are specific to local environments. It also provides convenience for participants from overseas, as they can engage in the internship without the need for immigration procedures.

C Course: Visiting Internships

In the C Course, interns from overseas will have the opportunity to come to Japan and reside in accommodation facilities within commuting distance of the internship site. This arrangement allows for a comprehensive experience of working in Japan while providing valuable insights into Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Place: Online/ Japan

Countries: Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, South Sudan, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Benefits: The support provided for interns in the program includes:

Training Courses:

  • Interns receive various training courses, such as cross-cultural communication, information security, and Japanese language training.

Internship Insurance:

  • Insurance coverage is provided for interns during their internship period.

Course-Specific Support:

For A/A2/C Courses:

  • Transport costs to training facilities are covered.
  • A daily allowance of ¥1,000 for lunch and drinks expenses is provided based on the number of internship days.

For B/B2 Course:

  • Communication devices like PCs and Wi-Fi are available for loan.
  • A daily allowance equivalent to ¥1,000 in local currency for lunch and drinks expenses is provided, depending on the number of internship days.

For C Course:

  • Transport costs to training facilities and accommodation during training are covered.
  • A daily allowance of ¥3,000 for living, lunch, and drinks expenses is provided based on the number of days of stay.
  • Cell phones are provided.
  • Round-trip air tickets (economy class), travel insurance for visiting Japan, and assistance with obtaining a visa are provided.
  • The host company takes care of the living environment, including accommodation and transportation to and from the company.

Please note that the specific support provided may vary depending on the course type and individual circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria:

Alignment with Project Purpose:

  • Applicants must agree with the project's goals of promoting the globalization of Japanese companies, expanding overseas business, and establishing networks with overseas universities through internships.


  • Applicants must hold citizenship of the specified countries or regions.

Language Proficiency:

  • Applicants must have proficiency in Japanese at JLPT level N3 or higher, or proficiency in English.

Age Range:

  • Applicants should generally be between 18 and 40 years old as of August 1, 2024.

Student Status:

  • Students must provide a certificate of enrollment from their university or institution and a letter of recommendation from their university or faculty.
  • Graduates must provide a certificate of graduation from their previous university and a letter of recommendation from their university faculty or institution.

Certification of Qualifications:

  • Applicants should submit certificates of qualifications such as IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, CEFR, JLPT, or others.

Commitment and Availability:

  • Applicants must be able to dedicate themselves exclusively to the training and internship at the company.
  • They must be available to participate in the internship according to the schedule specified by the program office (JIP office).

Additional Company-Specific Requirements:

  • Applicants must meet any specific conditions required by each individual company.


  • Applicants who have not participated in this program between FY2016 and FY2022 are eligible to apply.


Online Application

How to Apply:

Just fill out the online application from the link below


Responsibilities and Expectations for Interns:

Internship Plan:

  • Work with the internship manager to create an internship plan that details the intern's role, goals, and objectives.

Training Participation:

  • Attend pre-training sessions, follow-up training, and wrap-up presentations as required by the program.

Safety and Health:

  • Take full responsibility for personal safety and health during the internship.
  • Maintain regular contact with the program office and the host company, providing regular reports and seeking consultation when needed.


  • Submit various documents, notifications, and reports before, during, and after the internship as requested by the program office and the host company.

Professional Conduct:

  • Adhere to appropriate behavior as representatives of the program, understanding that the program is funded by the Japanese government.

Interns are expected to fulfill these responsibilities to ensure a successful and productive internship experience.

Important Dates:

  • B Course (Non-residents of Japan/Online): From August 18 to September 29
  • C Course (Non-residents of Japan/Face-to-face): From October 17 to December 15
  • B2 Course (Non-residents of Japan/Online): From November 2 to December 15
  • A Course (Foreign students in Japan/Face-to-face): From August 1 to September 29

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