East Asian International Internships: Questions and Internship Listings
Why should I find an internship?
Internships provide valuable opportunities to gain experience in any interest area. In current job searches, an applicable internship can be the deciding factor in YOU getting the job over an equally qualified candidate. It is also a great way to network, gain new skills, and improve upon your strengths.
Can I do an internship for college credit?
You can always do an internship for Wittenberg credit. First, take steps to talk to your advisor. You will both have to create a form of evaluation, or your respective department might already have internship evaluation requirements. Second, contact the Career Center or Registrar’s Office to gain the necessary forms. Third, after turning in all of your forms, make sure to check with the Registrar’s Office in case there are other forms, requirements, etc. that you must complete. For more information, please look at Wittenberg’s Career Center homepage.
Do I have to do my internship for credit?
No, you do not have to do an internship for credit, but internships for credit are strongly recommended for unpaid internships. Once again, an internship is a resume builder., so if you have the opportunity to work in a short term internship, do not hesitate to do so. Unpaid internships within the United States must follow strict labor regulations.
Can I complete an internship while studying abroad?
Yes, you can. The key is to gain all of the necessary information and complete required forms far ahead of your departure to guarantee that everything will go smoothly. Different countries have different laws providing guidelines for how many hours and where foreign students can work. If you are interested in doing so, please stop by the Career Center to look at the “Internship book” which shows all of the internships done by Wittenberg students over the past several years (including those completed in foreign countries).
Are there any websites that list internship programs for Japan, China, Korea, or Thailand?
A Sample of International Internships
The Ohio State University and Global Professional Service Corps
The Global Professional Service (GPS) Corps places individuals in 1-11 month internships throughout China.
Internship placements vary based on each individual's field of study/expertise, internship length and Chinese language ability.
GPS Corps can place individuals with any level of Chinese language skill, from zero to native-speaker.
- This is a fee based opportunity. Costs are $3,300 + $600 per month which includes a one week introductory workshop
- For more information, contact Professor Xiaobin Jian at Jian.firstname.lastname@example.org
- A fee-based non-profit which will place students in a variety of countries and disciplines based on students' backgrounds and expertise.
- Journalism, business, and social work are just some of the areas of possibility around the world, including China, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Vietnam, and Mongolia.
- Contact projects-abroad.org
- Internships available to both junior and senior undergraduates, as well as graduate students
- Provides opportunity to work in a Japanese company for a two month period in the summer
- Applicants must have Japanese language skill level of at least “conversational”
- All internships are given a work-related stipend, reimbursed a majority of airfare costs, and provided company housing
- Nambu Foundation Web site
Dow Jones Newswires Asia-Pacific Internship Program
- Internships are available to all undergraduates
- Assist newswire reporters in researching, drafting, etc.
- Preference is given to those with a knowledge of an East Asian language and major related to journalism, as well as an awareness of financial markets
- All internships are given a small stipend, but housing must be provided by the individual
- Dow Jones Newswires Asia-Pacific Internship Program Web site
Indiana 4-H Japanese Intern Program
- Internships are available to anyone over the age of 18 and under the age of 25
- Must have some ability to communicate in Japanese
- Participants are required to work with a sponsoring Japanese organization, take language classes, and complete an independent research project
- Interns are provided with airfare, housing accommodations, a monthly stipend, and insurance
- Indiana 4-H Japanese Intern Program Web site
The United Nations University Internship Programme
- Internships are available to those who have completed their undergraduate studies
- Must have a related major, such as international relations, political science, geography, etc.
- Intentions are to “To promote interaction and dialogue between young scholars and UNU”
- Can apply for three to six month internships at four period throughout the year
- All internships are located at the UNU in Tokyo
- The United Nations University Internship Programme Web site
Thailand Service Corps
- Any undergraduate or graduate student can apply
- Interns can participate in programs focusing on Healthcare, Buddhism, HIV/AIDS and Education
- If internship for credit is desired, a Thai faculty sponsor will be assigned to the participating student
- Project dates vary throughout the year and program costs do apply
- Thailand Service Corps Web site
JETRO International Internship Program
- Wittenberg University is a part of a consortium of universities in the US, UK, and Canada
- Purpose is to “provide services related to trade and investment promotion and regional and development-related research” in which interns can participate and learn from
- Accommodations, salary, etc. are dependent on the host company
- Applications are usually due by late October
- Please come to the Career Center for more information
- JETRO International Internship Program Web site