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Business and Media Internships: Startups in Tokyo

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Internships with internationally oriented start-ups in Tokyo

 
We arrange business and media internships with various start-up companies in Tokyo. You can do the internships with little or no knowledge of the Japanese language, as the typical tasks for interns usually make use of your foreign language skills such as English, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and others. Using these languages you would typically do research about foreign markets and potential customers, communicate with foreign customers and potential customers, sell to international customers, as well as create content for social media, blogs, websites, and do foreign language search engine optimization.
 
Such an internship will offer you the opportunity to acquire or to expand valuable intercultural skills. You will gain insights into the Japanese working culture, its processes, structures, priorities and requirements. Such knowledge will definitely boost your future professional career. However, in order to maximise your learning experience, you need to be open for cultural learning and act accordingly. Our intercultural preparation will provide you with the theoretical background that you should be willing and able to apply during your internship. We will talk about the expectations of Japanese companies, the communication style with colleagues and supervisors, the general attitude towards work, and expected clothing styles, amongst many other aspects.
 
We will try to consider your preferences concerning the industry and your tasks, however the available options depend on various factors including your field of study, years of study, language skills, duration of the internship etc.

Examples of companies:

 
Tourism companies
 
We work with several tourism companies that are mostly active in the upmarket individual travel sector, creating tailermade tours, activities etc directly to individual travelers, foreign travel agencies or to groups/companies (for example, incentive travel, events, meetings). Especially in relation to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Olympic Games, there is an increasing interest of Japanese travel companies to become more international.
 
Tasks for interns:
 
1. to prepare itineraries and programs for customized tours for foreign direct customers and travel agencies
2. to initiate and maintain partnerships with foreign travel agencies
3. to create social media content in English and in your native language
4. to prepare offers
 
Interns should have the ability to understand foreign customers needs and expectations, be creative, have an eye for detail and be able to communicate and write clearly in their native language and English.
 
Recruitment companies for foreign skilled workers
 
In Japan, there is a shortage of skilled labor in many sectors, which is why Japan eased visa requirements in 2019 to attract more foreign workers. However, especially small and medium-sized companies, which have no experience with foreign employees, as well as companies located outside the major cities, have difficulties in getting such foreign skilled workers.
 
We work with several recruitment companies focusing on various sectors such as manufacturing, the hotel industry and others. They do the matching between skilled workers and companies looking for employees and further support both the Japanese employer and the foreign worker with issues such as visa matters, relocation services and language training. The support of foreign employees often is provided for up to 18 months after their arrival.
 
Tasks for interns:
 
1. Communication with foreign applicants, collecting information, conducting interviews
2. To support foreign workers in Japan
2. Communication with foreign partners such as universities 
 
Import-export companies
 
We work with several B2C companies sell Japanese products worldwide, for example via online shops. We also work with companies that import products to Japan from abroad, such as supplies for the hotel industry.
 
Tasks for interns:
 
1. Communication with foreign customers and manufacturers
2. To write texts for websites in English and in your native language
3. To create social media content in English and in your native language
2. Communication with foreign partners such as universities
 
Media companies
 
At media companies, the focus of the tasks for interns can be on the creation of foreign-language content that is published on websites or in print media or, if you already have knowledge in the respective area, on design-related work such as layout, graphic design, image editing, video shooting, video post-production, illustration, photography, or website development with CMS or custom programming. If you have any such knowledge, please let us know in detail about your skill level (eg using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 means basic knowledge and 5 professional knowledge, eg "Adobe Photoshop = 3, Adobe Illustator = 2", Wordpress = 3 ").
 
 

How it works:

 
1. You book the service package at least 2 months before the planned start of the internship.
2. We'll send you resume templates and instructions about the application photo, as expected in Japan.
3. You send us back your documents and we organize a Skype interview with a company.
4. Before the Skype interview, we will prepare you extensively for it, and we will also be present during the interview to avoid possible misunderstandings. In this way, you will certainly get the internship.
5. The company confirms your internship.
6. Prior to your arrival, you participate in our intercultural preparation via Skype.
7. You arrive on a Thursday and usually start your internship on the following Friday or Monday.
8. Our coordinators in Tokyo are always available to support you.
 
Info Box
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Location: Tokyo, Japan
Availability: all year; you should arrive on a Thursday and your placement would then start on the following Friday or Monday
Minimum Duration: 5 weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months (depending on visa)
Required Language Skills: English
Accommodation: Share House, Host Family
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Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification supervisor: Business and Media professionals
Minimum qualification of intern: none
Remuneration: none
Volunteering
Volunteering possible: No
Required qualification of interns: -
Further contribution to the project: -
It is expected:
Professional work, the "right" attitude
 
 

Accommodation in Tokyo

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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants.
 
Share Houses are the most feasible option to stay in Tokyo in a relatively inexpensive yet comfortable way, while getting to know other like-minded people. Alternatively, you can also stay with a Japanese host family.

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Share Houses in Tokyo:

World Unite! Share House Shiohama
 
 
We are operating our own share house in Tokyo (close to Kiba Station), only for our own World Unite! participants. It has 9 dorm rooms of different sizes, each for 4-8 persons and 5 twin rooms on three floors. There are two communal areas with fully equipped kitchens, 6 showers, 4 toilets and 2 bathrooms. There is Wifi Internet on all floors without additional cost. All rooms are equipped with modern ACs for cooling and heating. Furthermore, habitants can make use of a coin-operated washing machine, a laundry dryer, a free luggage storage room, and a 200 sqm rooftop terrace with sunbeds, tables and a fantastic view on Tokyo Skytree, the world's second highest building. 
 
The building is located in a quiet residential area, just next to a small public park. In direct vicinity there are numerous convenience stores, a supermarket, restaurants and vending machines. Within a 10 minutes' walk you can reach a large shopping mall with supermarket, many shops and multiplex cinemas, and also the large Kiba Park. All internship placements, many jobs in central Tokyo, and the language schools we cooperate with are easily reachable by subway (Tozai Line and JR Keiyō Line). The Community Centres of Koto-Ku and Toyosu can also be reached by foot, just as Tokyo Bay with its entertainment facilities and excursion boats departing from Toyosu's "Lala Port".
 
Share House Kita Toda
 
The rooms at the Share House are for single, double/twin and quadrupel (4-share) occupancy. Each 4-share room has free wifi and LAN-cabled internet. The single and double/twin rooms have LAN-cabled internet. All rooms have a fridge and a small balcony. The house has a total of 66 rooms. The spacious common area has a TV, free wifi at the common area and books. There are toilets on each floor separated for males and females. The ground floors has showers and a large shared kitchen. There are various coin operated washing machines and tumble dryers. Around half of the share house's residents are Japanese and half are foreign, hence it is possible to get in touch with Japanese people and practise one's language skills. Kita Toda Station is only a 2 minutes' walk. Even though Kitatoda is located in Saitama Province, it is very well connected and using the JR Line you are quickly at Tokyo's most popular areas: Within 26 minutes you reach Shinjuku and within 35 minutes Shibuya.
 

Host families

 
Staying with a Japanese host family gives you the possibility to fully immerse into Japanese everyday culture.
 
The families usually live in the outskirts of Tokyo and in the neighbouring prefactures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, as in very central locations of Tokyo there are few apartments that are big enough to accommodate foreign language students besides the actual family. The commuting time by train from the host family to the internship placement, your job, or language school does usually not exceed one hour. A commuter ticket is around 15,000 to 20,000 Yen per month.
 
The host families will serve 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays and 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekends. You will either sleep in a Western bed or on a Japanese futon. There is usually someone at the host family who can speak basic English. The families are usually familiar with foreign guests.
 
The host family accommodation costs are 3300 Yen per night. Additionally, a one-time fee for the arrangement of the host family of 10,000 JPY is charged, independent of the duration of stay.
 
 
 

I. World Unite! Service Package

Visa Category 1 (see below):
 
5 weeks: 800 EUR
6-8 weeks: 1050 EUR
9-12 weeks: 1300 EUR
13-16 weeks: 1550 EUR
17-20 weeks: 1800 EUR
21-24 weeks: 2050 EUR
 
Visa Category 2 (see below):
 
A surcharge of 400 EUR applies.
 
 
Convert to USD, GBP, AUD, CAD and other currencies.
 
* Visa Category 1: You enter Japan via Temporary Visitor Status (free stamp on arrival to Japan for 90 days for most nationalities. Available for citizens of USA, UK, Brunei, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, former Yugoslavia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay. This stamp can be easily extended for citizens of the UK, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein by another 90 days [extension costs ca. 4000 JPY]; no age restrictions) OR you enter Japan via Working Holiday Visa (free, but needs to be applied for in advance, available for citizens of UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) aged 18-30 years for a maximum of 365 days [some nationalities only 180 days] OR you enter Japan on another visa category that we don't need to apply for a Certificate of Elegibility for OR you are Japanese national and you don't need any visa for Japan.
 
* Visa Category 2: Any nationality and duration of stay that is not covered by the previous category. In this case we have to apply for a Certificate of Elegibility in Japan that you need to apply for your visa at the Japanese embassy of your home country. We will inform you about all details. Further costs for official fees may apply.
 

The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Arrangement of your Placement
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • (If required) arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application, but not the official government fees for the visa (if they apply, see details above)
  • Support with Residence Registration, Mobile phone contract, opening a bank account (if needed and possible, depending on visa category)
  • Pick-up and Transfers on arrival from Haneda or Narita airport
  • Personal support staff in Tokyo (English and Japanese speaking) and at our international office
  • Local orientation about life in Tokyo
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • Wholesale term membership for Western Food
  • Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Travel to/from Japan (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
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 Monthly Rent 
   (You pay proportionally per day) 
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Share House
Dorm room bed (4-8 share) p.p.
35,000 JPY/Month  
Twin room sharing p.p.
47,000 JPY/month  
Single room 66,000 JPY/month  
 
Incl. Water, Electricity, Heating, Wifi, Cleaning of shared areas. The rent of one month has to be deposited.
If you stay for incomplete months, you will pay the monthly rate divided by the number of days you stay.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Self-catering from around 200 EUR/USD per month (estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Mobile phone contract, Local Transport): ca. 90-100 EUR/USD per Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 EUR/USD per Month
 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
 
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.
 
 
 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more. Also please check out our Working Holiday support services!
 
 

Japanese Language lessons in Tokyo!

 
Japanese language skills are of massive advantage in Japan. You can book Japanese language lessons for your stay in Japan. You find all details here.
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tokyo is located approximately in the center of Japan. With nearly 38 million people in the Tokyo metropolitan area, it is the largest metropolitan area in the world and also one of the most densely populated. The city has the highest economic power worldwide. The actual downtown area has about 9 million inhabitants, and is subdivided into 32 districts.
 
For those who are familiar with Tokyo, the following names will definitely ring a bell:
 
Shibuya - Fashion center, especially for young people, and Nightlife
 
Shinjuku - the station has the world's largest passenger volume, the red light district Kabukicho and the creative music and artists hub, "Golden Gai"
 
Asakusa - Here tourists visit the Buddhist temple Senso-ji
 
Odaiba - artificial island in the Tokyo Bay with attractions such as the Toyota Museum, Cirque du Soleil, the Sega Joypolis theme park, several large shopping malls, Science Museum, Onsen etc.
 
Ginza - the luxurious boulevard with the flagship stores of all major brands
 
Ueno - known for the many museums and the great Ueno Park
 
Roppongi - District where many Americans live, international nightclubs are present, as well as most embassies are located
 
Akihabara - the Mecca for electronics enthusiasts and the otaku culture with anime, manga, video games and maid cafes
 
Sumida - with many museums and the Skytree, at 634 meters, the second highest building in the world, with a big Shopping Centre
 
Shiodome - postmodern skyscraper district with high population density. Here are some TV stations that promote their programs in the studios. Right beside are the Hamarikyu Gardens with a traditional tea house
 
Toyosu - new district on central island at the Tokyo Bay with new skyscrapers and shopping centers. The majority of the new sports venues for the Olympic Games 2020 will be located here and in the bordering districts Ariake and Odaiba.
 
On of our accommodation is located in Kiba, a very central location. You can reach all parts of central Tokyo easily by public transport (Tozai Line). Our other accommodation is located in Kita-Toda in the Saitama Province from where the two trendy neighbourhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku are particularly fast to reach by train.
 
The months of May to November are warm to hot in Tokyo (July to September, very hot). The winter usually only starts in January and then, it takes a relatively long time, often until May, until it gets really warm again. However, the winters are temperate and rather similar to the Euro-Mediterranean region, or California.
 
 

Travelling to Tokyo

 
Tokyo has two large international airports: NARITA and HANEDA, which are served by many airlines. Haneda Airport is located closer to the city centre and is therefore our preferred option. If you find cheaper flights to Narita you can however also choose Narita.
 
You will book a flight on your own. Please try to arrive on a Thursday any time between 8am and 9pm. We will pick you up from the airport and will bring you to your accommodation in Tokyo by public transport.
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
You should arrive on a Thursday at one of the two airports of Tokyo, Haneda (preferably) or Narita between 8am and 11pm.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible. Just let us know from when to when you need accommodation and we will book it for you.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
During your internship or Working Holiday jobs, you travel around during your free time, holidays or weekends. If you plan to do longer travel, you should do so before your internship commences or after you will have finished it.
Can I travel alone to Japan as a young woman?
No problem. Japan is probably one of the safest countries of the world.
Will I be the only foreign volunteer/intern in the project or at my site?
We have more than 100 participants of our Working Holiday, internship, volunteering and language programs in Tokyo at any time that you can stay with if you are accommodated at one of our share houses. You may be the only intern/volunteer at your specific project though.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations.
Where will I live?
You The majority of our participants stay at one of our Share Houses. Details are in the tab "Accommodation". If you attend Japanese language lessons through the language school we cooperate with, you can also opt for host family accommodation with a Japanese family.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, there is wifi internet.
How can I do my laundry?
The share houses have coin washing machines.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, there are well-equipped kitchens at the share houses. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Vegetarianism is uncommon in Japan. You may have difficulties to find vegetarian dishes at restaurants. Supermarkets and vegetable/fruit shops however sell a wide range of vegetables that you can buy to prepare your own vegetarian food.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. If another language is required, this is indicated in the info-boxes of the respective projects.
 
 
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