Virtual Internship in Japan

Experience the benefits of a remote internship and develop your professional skills while learning about Japanese culture. A wide range of placements are available for 4 to 12 weeks in areas of English Teaching (TESOL/TEFL), Business, Technology, Computer Science, NGOs and more!

Program Overview

A virtual internship in Japan is a valuable professional development opportunity to work on your career goals and specific interests. With the use of modern technology, virtual internships allow students and graduates to work remotely and gain relevant industry experience with an international company. Virtual interns are provided with a unique opportunity to gain practical skills, industry connections and business experience without leaving home!

Through this program, you can expect to really boost your resume with work experience at a company based in Japan. This program is perfect for students who want to gain professional experience, work with an intercultural team, connect with Japanese culture and who are looking for a lower cost (and environmentally friendly!) program option.

Your virtual internship will be primarily project-based, with either one larger project over the course of the internship or several smaller ongoing assignments. Regardless of how many you undertake, each project will be substantive and you can be sure you are contributing to the business in a meaningful way. While this program allows for flexibility and independence, you will also have plenty of guidance and support from a designated supervisor.

Teaching English placements are also available. Teaching interns will be enrolled in an accredited 120-hour TESOL/TEFL course and spend 15+ hours per week preparing lessons, teaching English and assisting in a virtual classroom alongside an experienced teacher.

We are committed to finding each virtual intern a professional placement that matches your career ambitions and goals to make sure your resulting resume stands out.

View the Virtual Internship Guidelines

Highlights

Our virtual internships in Japan have many perks and benefits:

  • Build your resume with experience at an international company or at a school teaching English.
  • Develop your skills working with a cross-cultural team from Japan and around the world while learning ways to do business in a different cultural setting.
  • Gain professional, practical experience in a project-based placement in your chosen field. Our internship placements are customised, diverse and cater for a range of interests.
  • Internship placements are in English, however placements in Japanese may be possible for students who have advanced Japanese language skills.
  • Enjoy flexibility with your working hours to suit your schedule.
  • Have independence and autonomy balanced with ongoing support from a dedicated supervisor.
  • Enhance and develop your communication skills, as well as time management, problem solving, creative and digital skills.
  • Receive weekly newsletters including cultural topics and tips, plus information on professional and personal development.
  • Participate in a Cultural Discussion Series.
  • Complete your virtual placement from any location in the world, allowing for flexible hours and a lower cost option by saving on flights, visa fees, insurance and accommodation.

Sample Itinerary

The specific schedule for each intern and placement will vary. Below is an example of what to expect:

  • Day 1 (Monday): Placement begins. Meet with staff and supervisor to set out expectations and tasks for your project(s).
  • Ongoing: Work will primarily be done independently with ongoing support and check-in meetings with your supervisor. Virtual interns may be included in company and staff meetings (where applicable) to observe, listen and learn. Interns should expect to work from 10-35 hours per week depending on the company, the project(s) and what has been mutually agreed in writing prior to your placement between the student and company supervisor. Ultimately, the placement will be project-focused so “clocking in/out” is less important than with a traditional internship.
  • Weekly: Cultural Immersion Workshops with established discussion guide and associated questions on key topics (for example: work-life culture, food / eating, transport, history, geography, early society, cultural challenges, religion, weather, family and friendships, traditions and major holidays, language, healthcare systems, politics).
  • Upon completion: Exit interview and evaluation.

Placements

Virtual internship placements are professional, well organised and students accepted in the program should be highly focused and ready to act in an equally professional business manner.

Japanese companies and staff are usually more formal in their employment and hiring process, so students should have strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and must be very polite and respectful. Resumes and applications need to be formally presented and well structured. During interviews, students should be professionally dressed.

Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required, however it would be seen as a positive attribute. The stronger your Japanese language skills, the more opportunities will be available to you. If you have little or no Japanese language skills you can still choose this program, however you will need to be more flexible in the type of placement you might be offered. If you have little to no Japanese language skills then we encourage you to focus more on the role and type of skills that you hope to learn or gain (rather than a specific industry) in order to provide for the greatest chance of success.

Each intern will have a direct company supervisor who will be middle management or higher and act as a coach and mentor. They will speak English and provide ongoing feedback, direction, insight into the company and their role, and support the overall virtual experience.

Virtual internship placements are available in the following fields:

  • Business
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Tech / IT / Computer Science
  • NGOs / Non-profits
  • Teaching English (TESOL/TEFL)

Note that placements related to Anime, Pop Culture and Video Gaming Development may be possible ONLY for students who have advanced Japanese language skills.


TEACHING ENGLISH (TESOL/TEFL) VIRTUAL PLACEMENTS

The CISaustralia Virtual TESOL/TEFL Internship Program is offered to students studying in any academic discipline at an Australian University. It is an excellent opportunity for fluent English speakers interested in working and living in a foreign country, or to teach English in their home country, to gain real world experience in a virtual environment – the value of which cannot be expressed otherwise. As an English teaching intern, you will learn and experience lesson planning and assessment creation, lesson delivery, classroom management tools, fielding student questions, motivational strategies, professionalism and Japanese work and culture. You will work alongside trained and experienced teachers in a Junior and Senior High School in central Tokyo.

As part of the program, you will be enrolled in an accredited 120-hour TESOL/TEFL course to learn everything you need to know to start teaching English either overseas or online. You can complete the course all online at your own pace. After completing the course, you will be able to download your accredited 120-hour TESOL/TEFL certificate.

You will also spend 15+ hours per week preparing lessons, teaching English in a virtual classroom, working on out of class projects and participating in teacher training sessions. Interns will also participate in an orientation session, classroom observations, cultural discussions and assisting with any administrative and/or student-teaching tasks. These tasks could include student engagement and outreach, exam development, leading student conversation sessions and one-on-one tutoring support.

This program is open to students of any academic area. Applicants need to be a team player; perform tasks accurately, efficiently and on time; be tech savvy; maintain a positive and upbeat attitude; learn quickly when facing new problems; flexible and adaptable to change; be outgoing and interested in communicating with people of diverse cultures and personality types; possess good time management and always be on time and present. A good sense of humour will also go a long way!

Placements are available for 4 to 12 weeks with intakes from January to March, April to July and September to December. Flexible teaching schedules will be based around your availability.


If there is interest outside of these areas, please contact us and our Program Advisors will help you find an internship that meets your needs. Our custom placements are designed to fulfil your professional and academic goals and our team works hard to match you with your preferred customised internship placement.

Virtual internships are project-based. While each internship is unique, here are some examples of tasks that may apply:

  • Business Development – Help the company to make decisions based on data, research and analysis. Develop methods to increase the value of current customers while attracting new ones.
  • Research Projects – Carry out research projects within the industry of the company, identifying key players and searching for new sales opportunities.
  • Operations – Understand the daily tasks of a company and focus on improving the processes in place to maximise efficiency.
  • Administration – Create spreadsheets, prepare presentations, arrange meetings and manage databases.
  • Content Creation – Improve your communication skills while updating websites, blogging, writing articles, or working on visual content through photography, photo editing, videography, graphic design, etc.
  • Social Media – Create Social Media calendars, edit and post content on different platforms, engage the community and find new leads and influencers.
  • Finance – Research on funds and investors, creation of financial plans and practices for startups
  • Competitor Analysis – Research competitors from the industry or in other regions to determine if your company is performing at the level of the competition, staying on the cutting edge of new product development, and determine the competition’s capabilities and positioning.

Job Board

Check out some of the current position openings on the Virtual Internship Job Board.

If you don’t see a position that matches your interests and goals, submit an enquiry and our highly qualified Program Advisors will help customise an internship for you that meets your professional and personal ambitions.

Location

This is the best of both worlds! While you aren’t physically going to Japan, this program allows you to get a career-based experience in your chosen field to boost your professional development, plus get introduced to the culture from the comfort of your home.

Most companies that host a virtual intern on this program are based in Tokyo. Tokyo is one of a kind. It is huge, stylish, exciting, bold, adventurous and incredibly fun. Its metropolitan area is the most populous in the entire world with over 35 million residents, and it is home to absolutely everything – from amazing food, shopping, karaoke, festivals, dance clubs and markets, to quiet and peaceful parks, gardens and temples all within the city centre and outskirts.

Japan’s unique civilisation has blossomed into a thriving nation, filled with traditional and modern contrasts. The country embodies a strong, warm and welcoming spirit with a rich culture. The country has drawn influences from the rest of Asia for thousands of years, taking in and refining aspects to create something distinctly Japanese.

Program Fee & Dates

Virtual Internship in Japan
Application deadline is 6 to 8 weeks prior to commencement. Internships available for 4 to 12 weeks. Flexible start dates available. See the "More" info box for pricing details.
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 1,899 - 2,299
OS-HELP A$ 0

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Preparation guide and session
  • Orientation
  • Accredited 120-hour TESOL/TEFL certificate (English teaching placements only)
  • Guided cultural discussions
  • Weekly newsletters including cultural topics, tips and information on professional and personal development
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)
  • Final evaluation provided by your supervisor
  • 10% GST

What is not included:

  • Program application fee

Note: Interns must have access to a personal computer and a reliable internet connection. Must be available to be online during Japan working hours for bi-weekly (twice per week) check-ins with your supervisor (as mutually agreed in advance).

Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.

Note: 10% GST is applicable on all virtual internship placements.

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