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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.  

Payment and Benefits 

  • Internships are unpaid. 

  • The Embassy does not provide housing, commuting stipends or financial benefits of any kind. 

  • Selected interns must sign a Volunteer Agreement indicating their understanding that the Embassy 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. 

  • Students 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/IBT 90/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, students must pass a security clearance investigation in order to work at the Embassy (may take 1-3 months) 

To Apply 

Please submit the following items to the Internship Coordinator at for Tokyo or for Osaka.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

  • Proof of Language Ability in English with one of the following:
    • Proof of language ability on either the TOEIC/TOEFL or JLPT scale. 

    • Take the computerized tests CASEC ( for English and J-SAC ( for Japanese and submit proof of scores. 

    • 英検準一級 may also be submitted as English language validation.  

  • U.S. style resume in English that describes skills and achievements 

  • Cover Letter or Statement of Interest written in English