Who can participate?

Students or young professionals between 18 and 30 years old.*
*Feel free to contact us if you do not meet the above criteria and we will discuss possible options.

What documents are required to apply?

Application form
Cover letter
Recommendation letter
Photocopy of your passport
Picture of yourself in business attire
Portfolio → only for creative-related placements

Do I need a visa?

Visa requirements differ depending on your citizenship. Please contact us and we will advise accordingly.

What is included in the fees?

Please refer to our programs page for the details on what our services include: https://www.iccworld.co.jp/internshipinjapan/programs-fees/

Are the internships paid?

We guarantee you an unpaid internship.
However, several host companies are offering great perks to the interns such as a refund of the meals, transportation pass, etc. It is decided by the host company on a case-by-case basis and ICC has no control over this.

Why do I have to pay for an internship?

This is not a payment for the internship. You are investing in your future and hiring us to provide you with multiple services.
If you choose to hire us to find you an internship, you will save your time and efforts. While we do the hard work and spend countless hours securing your internship, you can relax and sit back or focus on your studies. Asking ICC to find you an internship is the guarantee of getting a great placement.
We also save you time and money by finding you a great housing solution and train you so that you are ready for the working environment in Japan and can avoid any culture shock while you are here.
We provide you with insurance and a 24/7 emergency support, which means we work 24/7 for you.
In addition to all of this, we also organize international parties for the participants of the program and the Japanese students we send on internships abroad, so you also get access to free social activities!
The fact that we are here as your agent also assures host companies, as they know both you and them can count on us if necessary.

How can I pay your fees?

Payments can be made via PayPal or international bank transfer.

What if I cancel? Can I get a refund?

Please refer to our refund policy below:
Application fee
If the intern cancels within 8 (eight) calendar days of its application, then the application fee will be refunded in full (less banking fees).
Program fee
The intern is eligible for a refund of 50% of the program fee if:
The program fee has already been paid to ICC and the intern quits the program for any reason prior to arrival in Japan after accepting the internship offer from a host organization arranged by ICC.
The intern will be liable for 50% of the program fee if:
The program fee has not been paid to ICC.
The intern quits the program for any reason after receiving an internship offer from a host organization arranged by ICC, prior to arrival in Japan.
The intern will not be eligible for a refund if:
He or she withdraws from the program after he or she has arrived in Japan.
He or she is terminated after the start of the internship for behavioral reasons.

What does the insurance cover?

The insurance covers your medical expenses and personal liability during the duration of the internship. Please contact us if you would like further details.

I only speak English, is that a problem?

No problem at all!
We have many internships where the position requires English only. We also offer Japanese lessons in our “Language & internship” program. Please refer to our program page for more information.

When should I apply?

Anytime is OK.
Ideally, we ask you to apply at least 2 to 3 months prior to your expected starting date. We will advise you during our Skype counseling regarding the best time for you to apply.

Will I be alone? How can I make friends?

We organize an orientation session in our office before you begin your internship with all the interns starting at the same time as you.
We also organize networking events with other program participants and Japanese students we send on internships abroad, field trips etc.! If you choose to stay at a shared-house, it will be a great opportunity to make new friends during your time here as well.

I do not know anything about Japan, how do I find a place to stay?

Our internship services include finding you an accommodation before you start the internship, so do not worry!
Most of our participants choose a shared-house, which is conveniently located for easy access to the internship location. We can also help you to find a monthly apartment or homestay.

What if you cannot guarantee an internship I want?

To avoid this situation, we will talk with you first on Skype so that we can make sure we have opportunities you will like and learn from. If we do not feel confident in our ability to place you for sure, we will tell it clearly to you. Sometimes, for reasons beyond our control, your placement might take longer than expected but we will not give up and continue until you are placed in a great internship.

Will I get homesick or experience culture shock?

Japan is a country where the language and culture are totally different from other countries. For some people it might be hard to adjust to a new, overwhelming environment right away. We are here to offer support during your time here in Japan and you can always come and see us in our office or call us if you need to talk to someone.

Are all internship positions in Tokyo?

Most of the positions are in Tokyo, but we do have openings in Osaka, Kyoto and other locations in Japan.

What happens if I need to postpone my internship?

If we did not find a company for you yet, a delay is possible. However, if you are already placed, it will depend on the company to decide if you can start later or not. In both cases we will try to find a solution that suits you best.

Can I come with a friend and have an internship in the same company with him/her?

We will do our best to find a company that can accept you both, but we cannot guarantee it. However, we can guarantee an internship to each of you.

Do you have options for Internet access?

We recommend using a mobile sim card for your adventure, allowing you to use your phone like you would back home and connect to the net.
Regardless, Japan is the perfect place for internet access. Walking down the street, most convenience stores and restaurants have free wifi access so as long as you have a device, you are never too far away from a source and your accommodation is always connected.