GPS encourages students to undertake an internship between their first and second year so they have an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from their coursework into real work settings. Students often return from their internships invigorated, with a sharpened focus on what skills and experiences they need to cultivate their desired careers.

Although students are responsible for obtaining their own internships, GPS’s vast alumni network ensures special access to high-level internships and positions upon graduation. Students focused on the Japan regional track often obtain prestigious summer internships at organizations ranging from the private, public, nonprofit and research sectors, such as the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Nomura Real Estate and The Tokyo Foundation, to name a few.

Here is a sampling of recent Japan-focused internships:

  • William Honaker, MIA ’16

    William Honaker, MIA ’16

    Nomura Real Estate Development, Tokyo

    “I conducted my internship with the international development team at Nomura Real Estate Development, a large real estate developer in Japan, which is currently exploring opportunities to expand internationally. In addition to touring a variety of the company’s construction projects and meeting with people from all levels of the firm, I was tasked with researching ways in which Nomura Real Estate Development can successfully utilize its expertise in energy-efficient design and architecture to create attractive properties for developing real estate markets in China and Southeast Asia. The internship was conducted entirely in Japanese, so I was very thankful for the excellent preparation provided by the Japanese language program at GPS.”

  • Jiayu (Chris) Lin, MIA ’16

    Jiayu (Chris) Lin, MIA ’16

    Kepware Technologies, Tokyo

    “At Kepware, I am in charge of business development in Japan. I oversee the company’s Japanese distributor, helping them build relationships with local partners/customers and localize our software for the Japanese market. One highlight from my internship is that I helped Kepware Japan strike a long-expected deal with a major Japanese technology company. This longterm contract could boost Kepware’s sales by a large margin. My supervisor Liem Le (’94), a GPS alumnus, has taught me a wealth of knowledge. As Kepware is trying to expand and recruit globally, I would recommend anyone interested in the Internet of Things or marketing to consider working for this company.”

  • Ann Listerud, MIA ’16

    Ann Listerud, MIA ’16

    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Tokyo

    “At METI, I work with the Americas Division of the International Trade Bureau. In addition to introducing me to other departments to learn more about METI's policy influence, my division took me to see Japan's most technologically advanced coal power plant in Isogo-ku. This has been an unbelievable chance for a foreigner to learn about the Japanese government. I will take what I learn and the connections I'm making onto my future endeavors as a Pacific-area expert.”

  • Yi Shen, MIA ’16

    Yi Shen, MIA ’16

    Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo

    “My internship with Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo is focused on surveying domestic policy in Japan. My department, the human life and social science division, has the Japanese government as a major client. I am working on a project about the working culture in Japan, aiming to prevent deaths due to overworking and high rates in unused paid leave. I am also independently researching an international comparison of work-life balance between Japan and European welfare states at the company level.”