METI Government Internship Program

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Job Description

Foreign professionals with advanced skills who are nationals of developing countries (countries on the OECD/DAC list, excluding the People’s Republic of China)
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Internship Placement

In-person internships in Japan:
In-person internships will take place at small to medium-sized companies with main business locations in Japan (excluding industry associations, non-profit organizations, and local governments).

Online internships:
Online internships will be conducted remotely within the intern’s home workspace under the direction and management of the host company’s activities.

*Internship destinations are decided after matching by the program(JIP)office and interviews with companies.

*Applicants are welcome to apply for both internship options.

Applicants must meet all the following

Application Requirement

  • ・The applicants must agree with the purpose of this project and be able to cooperate with the promotion of globalization of Japanese companies, the expansion of overseas business of companies and the building networks with overseas universities through internships.
  • ・Holding citizenship of the applicable countries or regions.
    *Applicants may apply even if they reside in a country different from their nationality (including developed countries). However, those currently residing in Japan are not eligible.
  • ・Proficiency in Japanese language (JLPT level N3 or higher) or proficiency in English.
  • ・In principle, those who are 18 to 40 years old as of August 1, 2024.
  • ・Students must be able to submit a certificate of enrollment from their university or other institution and a letter of recommendation from their university or university faculty, etc.
    Graduates must be able to submit a certificate of graduation from their previous university and a letter of recommendation from their university faculty or institution, etc.
  • ・Those who can submit certificates of various qualifications.
  • ・Those who can dedicate themselves exclusively to the training and internship at the company; and who can participate in the internship according to the timetable specified by the program office (JIP office).
  • ・The applicant must meet other specific conditions required by each company.
  • ・Those who have not participated in this program between FY2016 and FY2023.


  • Pre-training for interns(Training will cover explanations of the business overview, the process of participating in the internship, precautions and key points regarding the internship, as well as information about work eligibility in Japan.) 
  • ・Assistance in obtaining a visa to enter Japan
  • ・Arrangement of round-trip airline tickets
  • ・Arrangement of accommodation
  • ・Provision of necessary personal computers for the internship (for in-person internships, provided by the host company; for online internships, generally provided by the program office upon separate consultation).
  • ・Activity support funds based on the internship duration (In-person internships, 3,000 yen per day; online internships, equivalent of 1,000 yen per day in local currency).
  • ・Internship insurance