Basic Guide to Internships in Japan

April 3, 2019


Internships in Japan allow students and inexperienced workers to gain knowledge and know-how in positions related to their future career or major by working in companies. Some universities recognize internships as part of education and give academic credit for it. Please inquire directly with the school about the availability of internship programs during your study in the school and the possibility of gaining credits.


If the internship is paid, you need to obtain permission from the Japanese government. This is officially known as permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted.


If your internship that will require you to work more than 28 hours per week, you also need to permission to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted. This requires you to submit materials that make clear the nature of the internship to the regional immigration control.


  1. Job search websites: These sites post many internship openings in various industries and occupations.

  2. University career advising office: Be sure to check the office’s bulletin board regularly.

  3. Dedicated internship agents: These agents are highly knowledgeable about the companies seeking applicants for their internships, so mismatches between students and companies are much less likely.

When a student from a non-Japanese university comes to Japan for work experience based on a contract or agreement with a Japanese corporation or business as a part of the university’s credit-earning curriculum, their residence status will be one of the following:


Designated Activities

Cultural Activities

Temporary Visitor


Their legal status in Japan depends on whether or not there is remuneration for the internship.


***METI Japan Internship Program***
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducts a project to promote internship programs at Japanese companies, targeting young people from outside Japan.
Inquiries: Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
Tel: +81-3-3501-1937


Student Guide to Japan 2017-2018 | JASSO


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