Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Government of Japan Internship Program 2018 (Fully Funded to Japan)


Application Deadline: June 30th 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Government of Japan Internship Program: As Japanese companies take on young foreign talent from abroad for internships, Japan achieves greater internationalization for its people and organizations through knowledge building aimed at new developments and expansion of overseas business for Japanese companies, and by changing awareness through working with foreigners and experiencing cross-cultural communication, as well as constructing networks and developing in-house systems in conjunction with overseas universities aimed at securing foreign talent.

Foreign nationals of developing countries (OECD/DAC-listed countries) *FY2016, 2017 participants in this Program are not eligible to participate.

Recruitment Numbers: 220 interns (around 40 will be international students in Japan)

Intern Destination:

Private-sector companies, industry associations, and non-profit corporations in Japan. Host companies are determined after matching by the Program Office and subsequent approval by the Screening Committee.

Internship Destination

International students in Japan:
A・B: Around 3 months from August to Tuesday, December 4
Overseas foreign nationals:
C: Entering Japan on Sunday, September 2 & departing Tuesday, November 20
D: Entering Japan on Monday, September 10 & departing Thursday November 29
E: Entering Japan on Tuesday, September 18 & departing Friday, December 7
F: Entering Japan on Tuesday, September 25 & departing Thursday, December 13
G: Entering Japan on Monday, October 1 & departing Tuesday, December 18
H: Entering Japan on Monday, October 8 & departing Friday, December 21
*The Program Office will determine whether participants will follow schedule C, D, E, F, G or H.

Application Requirements

Applicants satisfying all the following requirements are eligible.

  • Agreeing with the spirit of this program, and through the internship promoting internationalization of Japanese companies, developing the overseas business of Japanese companies, and working together to construct networks with overseas universities etc.
  • Holding citizenship of an eligible country or region.
  • Proficiency in Japanese language (JLPT level N3 or higher) or proficiency in English.
  • As a rule, applicants should be at least 20 years of age and no older than 40 as at June 30, 2018.
  • Applicants must able to submit a school or university enrolment or graduation certificate as well as a letter of recommendation from an affiliated university or institution etc.
  • Able to undertake both the internship and Pre-Training full-time at the host company. (International students must also able to balance these against their studies)
  • Other requirements meeting any individual conditions stipulated by the host company.
  • Applicant must not have participated in this Program in 2016, 2017.


Allowance: 4,000 yen per day for living cose. This amount is payable per day for the entire duration of the internship (except for international students living in Japan, who will be paid for active days only)
2 Round-trip economy class air ticket, travel insurance (international students in Japan not eligible)
3 Internship insurance
4 Transportation and accommodation expenses including training program fee when participating in training

Application Procedure

  • Registration is accepted online via the registration form on the Program Office website.
  • Selection is conducted through document screening, primary interview (local language/English/Japanese), and secondary interview (Japanese/English).
  • As part of the selection process, various certificates (university qualifications, language skills, etc.), letters of recommendation, photographs, documents required for the visa, etc. are to be submitted individually.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the METI Government of Japan Internship Program 2018


  1. To whom it may concern, I’m half Filipino and have Japanese citizenship. I’m in the 4th yr Global studies at Asia University. My TOEIC is 750 and am fluent in Japanese. May I join the METI internship in Japan?


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