Meiji Academy - Japanese Language, Culture and Internships
Meiji Academy - Japanese Language, Culture and Internships Programs
Meiji Academy - Japanese Language, Culture and Internships Reviews
My IT internship was a life-changing experience!
Submitted by Nguyen Hoang Hiep - Hanoi University of Science and Technology | February 22, 2018
Meiji did an amazing job with my two months IT internship in a software company in Tokyo! At first I was very worried how it might turn out as I have never been to Japan. I loved Japanese robots and video games since my young childhood and it was always my dream to go there. But when it was time to board my flight I felt little bit worried how it might turn out as it was my first time in Japan.
The first two weeks studying in Fukuoka and also learning Japanese business manners turned out to be a very helpful course and helped me a lot during my time as an intern in the tokyo software company. It is true that many things work here so different in Japan than back home. One thing I can say for sure is that my colleagues were super friendly from the beginning and also taught me so much Ruby on Rails, Java Script, SEO strategies, HTML and also answered my many many questions. The best bit was that I assisted one of the team members creating a whole new character for their upcoming game from the scratch. So much fun!
Meiji also organized several gatherings with other interns at that time in Tokyo. The other Meiji interns were really friendly and came mostly from Europe and USA so I was able to make a lot of international friends as well. All in all I recommend Tokyo a lot! Just be warned the long commuting time to work and rush hours...
Most fruitful work experience ever!
Submitted by Thomas - University of Wisconsin | February 22, 2018
My name is Thomas and I am a last year IT/Business student. Even though I did a short internship in Osaka at a design startup studio, I have to say that it was one of the best experiences I had so far. Before my internship started I spent two weeks studying at Meiji's Academy in Fukuoka before I started my journey in Kansai Region. I have been to Japan a couple of times, but felt in love with the open and straight mentality of people in Osaka. So for me it was just the right decision to backup my Japan travels with some valuable skills for my upcoming job hunting.
I have to say that working for a startup was a little bit of a challenge at the beginning, because of the many tasks you were involved. However I have learnt so much in the short time. From Power Point, Photoshop, Illustrator to Adobe Premier and After Effect simple editing, my company was definitely giving me many opportunities during my placement. Definitely recommend smaller companies where you will be exposed to more tasks than larger corporations!
Best summer in the world's megacity
Submitted by Greg Taylor - UCLA | February 22, 2018
Last Summer I was desperate doing an internship related to my business studies. Many internship providers told me it won't be able to do anything outside of teaching English, which made me feel very demotivated. After I came across Meiji Academy and set up a Skype call with them, I gained more positive energy from my chats with them. I told them I wanted to do something business like and they came up with several different opportunities. As I was pretty open to different industries, I let them make the search and they came up with a great trading company in the import/export business for used cars.
After I arrived to Tokyo, they provided me with all the information kits and also helped me get around at the beginning. The company was exporting a lot of different second hand cars all over the world. Unfortunately they were not too many sports cars around when I was there for the two months, except a really nicely tuned Nissan Skyline, Mazda Miata, RX-7 and a very well conserved Toyota 2000GTI. At some car shows I was also lucky enough to witness some more crazy designs! (see photos)
All in all a loooot of fun, good food and crazy parties in Roppongi. but the whole train commuting was just too much for me. Everybody was sleeping on the long train rides (I recommend the same!) Don't recommend Tokyo for people who don't want to be on a rush all the time. The Osaka region might be better for first timers like. Anyway the best Summer so far and looking to being back sometime soon!
Awesome adventure in Japan's (unofficial) capital
Submitted by David Schmidt - University of Vienna | February 21, 2018
My two months in Osaka were just amazing from start to finish! As it was my first time in Japan and I felt like Tokyo would be too much of a rush, I decided to choose Osaka as a more relaxed city for my internship experience. Before starting my internship I spent three weeks in Fukuoka and did the business course at Meiji's Academy. I found the classes very useful, especially the business attire role-playing games they set up.
So I thought I'm ready for Osaka and soon I found out that this city isn't as idyllic as I thought...bustling neon lights at nights, very talkative but warmhearted people and yummy food everywhere. It was a bit of a culture shock. I thought Japanese people are shy and quiet, but Osaka-jins seem to be the exception. lol
I did an internship in a guest house/cultural center with different tasks the management staff appointed me. Luckily they let me try many different tasks and I became good friends with the staff and went also out some nights with my colleagues. Good Karaoke fun!! haha
I have to admit that the language barrier felt a little bit of a burden at the beginning. However the staff were really patient and Meiji Academy staff responded to my requests in less than a day what wa quiet helpful. Actually Meiji staff has visited me more than two times while I was in Osaka and they appointed also a person at the location for me which was very helpful at the beginning.
One thing I want to say to any future intern: Japan is more than just Tokyo. Explore the Kansai Region and its ancient cities!! Was a bit short on my budget so missed out on the Kobe beef :(
Great internship in Sunny Fukuoka
Submitted by Petra Lang - Humboldt University of Berlin | February 14, 2018
Meiji is a team of young international professionals and their positive spirit is just GREAT! My internship couch was there for me every day and usually replied in a few hours to my emails. My two months NGO & NonProfit internship was filled with field trips to local farms, sightseeing spots, volunteering works at kindergarten and elder day care centers and their social activities were fun. Make sure to reserve some time for Japanese studies too.
Meiji Academy keep up the good work! Gambattekutasay!! ;-)