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Internship Program - Eligibility and Details

Internship Cycles

Please apply to the cycle that best fits your schedule.

  • Fall: Roughly September-December
    Fall interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 16 hours a week.
  • Winter/Spring: Roughly January-May
    Winter/Spring interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 16 hours a week.
  • Summer: Roughly May-September
    Summer interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 24 hours a week.

What does the Commercial Section Do?

As you already may be aware, the Commercial Section serves as the principal federal government resource for international trade development and business expansion. You will have the opportunity to work with American diplomats as well as local trade professionals to gain hands-on, real-world international experience focusing on business in the U.S. Embassy environment.

We are looking for candidates that encompass professionalism and resourcefulness, with strong personal motivation and the ability to work both independently and in group settings. Strong candidates will also possess problem solving skills and solid analytical skills.

A relevant major such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science is preferred and candidates are expected to have a high level of proficiency in verbal and written English and Japanese. Priority will be given to candidates that can commit for longer periods of time, and more hours per week.

Eligibility

Undergraduate/Graduate student (non-U.S. citizens) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be either citizens or permanent legal residents of Japan. Candidates must pass a security investigation before the projected start date of the internship cycle.

U.S. citizen students (including dual citizen) are not eligible for this internship program. There are other programs available for U.S. citizen students, such as:

Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled in an academic program during the full period of their internship
  • Student must be proficient in both languages (see FAQ for details)
  • Student must be able to commit at the minimum of 16 hours a week during the Fall and the Winter/Spring cycles. (U.S. Embassy Tokyo intern)
  • Student must be able to commit at the minimum of 24 hours a week during the Summer cycle. (U.S. Embassy Tokyo intern)
  • Upon selection, students must be able to pass a security clearance investigation in order to work at the Embassy

To Apply

Please submit the following items to the Internship Coordinator at Office.Tokyo@trade.gov for Tokyo or Office.Osaka-Kobe@trade.gov for Osaka.

All documents must be in English.

  • The Application form
  • Proof of Language Ability
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter or Statement of Interest

Download application form here.

For more information, contact Office.Tokyo@trade.gov. For commonly asked questions, please refer to the FAQs page.


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