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Intern with the U.S. Commercial Service Japan
Here's how to apply for a unique and rewarding internship.

CS Japan Internships

Students must be a Japanese citizen or permanent legal resident of Japan pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. U.S. citizens should visit the U.S. Department of Commerce or State Department websites. 

The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Japan is the principal federal government resource for international trade development and business expansion for U.S. companies. Interns have the opportunity to attend internal policy meetings, assist in planning events for U.S. companies, attend trade shows, assist with administrative tasks, and conduct market research. Positions are available in Tokyo and Osaka-Kobe.  

U.S. Commercial Service Internship at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

The U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo is no longer accepting applications for internships this year.
For questions on future internship opportunities, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service at

U.S. Commercial Service Internship at the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Payment and Benefits

  • Internships are unpaid.
  • The U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe does not provide housing, commuting stipends or financial benefits of any kind.
  • Selected interns must sign a Volunteer Agreement indicating their understanding that the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe cannot be responsible for workplace related injuries and/or medical costs. Interns are encouraged to have their own medical and liability insurance and can check with home universities about such options.
  • Student should discuss receiving academic credit with their academic institution. Documentation of work or signing of forms can be provided.


  • Student must be enrolled in an academic program during the full period of their internship.
  • Student must be highly proficient in both English and Japanese languages (approximately TOEFL 550/IBT90/TOEIC 800, JLPT N2).
  • Student must be able to commit at the minimum of 2 months and 16 hours a week during the Fall (September – December) and the Winter/Spring (January – May).
  • Student must be able to commit a minimum of 2 months and 24 hours a week during the Summer (May – September).
  • Priority will be given to qualifying candidates who commit to longer periods of time/more hours per week.
  • Successful candidates will
    • Demonstrate professionalism, resourcefulness, and personal motivation
    • Be able to work independently or in groups
    • Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Have a relevant major like economics, international relations, or political science
  • Upon selection, student must pass a security clearance investigation in order to work at the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe (may take 1-3 months).


  • To apply for an internship at the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe, submit the following documents to You will be contacted only if you are a candidate for an internship.
    • Application form (download the PDF) completed in English
    • Proof of language ability with one of the following:
      • Proof of language ability on either the TOEIC / TOEFL or JLPT scale
      • 英検準一級 may also be submitted as English language validation.
    • U.S. style resume in English that describes skills and achievements