- Internships are offered in the Tokyo area with Japanese multinational organizations, embassies, NGOs, start-ups, and small companies.
- Interns work for a minimum of 140 hours per semester (about 15 hours/week during fall/spring and 20 hours/week during the summer); most students do more. They earn three credits in one of the following departments: Asian studies, economics, international affairs, liberal arts, media studies and production, political science, or psychological studies.
- A faculty supervisor at TUJ oversees the internship, sets evaluation requirements, and meets with students throughout the semester.
- Some internships require Japanese language ability, but internship placements are available for students who do not speak or write in Japanese
If you obtain an internship, you will continue regular coursework while participating in the internship and receive university course credit. The amount of time spent at the internship varies depending on the requirements of the organization, your availability and the restrictions of the course.
All students are provided detailed information about available internships after being accepted to the study abroad program. Interested students then apply for an internship prior to departure for Tokyo.
TUJ Internship Program participants
More than 70 organizations and institutions are currently participating in the TUJ internship program. They have included:
View the most recent spring internship offerings.
Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarship
Thanks to a generous grant from Freeman Foundation, TUJ students participating in a for-credit internship during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years may be eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000. The Freeman Foundation aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships in East and Southeast Asia. In addition to their scholarship funding, Freeman scholars are matched with a professional mentor in Tokyo that provides guidance on life in Japan, the Japanese professional culture, as well as general career advice. Temple and Non-Temple students are encouraged to apply.
TOMODACHI Internship Program Scholarship
In 2015, a new internship program scholarship was made possible by the TOMODACHI Initiative. This scholarship was created in response to President Obama’s and Prime Minister Abe’s April 2014 commitment to facilitate Japanese internship opportunities for American students. The initiative will contribute to the bilateral goal of doubling two-way student exchanges by the year 2020. Temple University is able to award scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified students to participate in the TUJ internship program, with additional tuition support for out-of-state students (about $5000 for fall/spring; for summer, the amount varies depending on number of credits). Temple and Non-Temple students are encouraged to apply.