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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Employer
Internship Field of Interest: Architecture, Business, Computer Science & Technology, Consulting, Design & Photography, Engineering, Fashion, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Resources, Journalism, Marketing & Advertising, Public Relations, Real Estate, Science, Social Enterprise Internship Language: English, Japanese
Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Penn Global Internship Program (GIP) in Tokyo
Penn GIP in Tokyo LogoThe Internship: Students applying to Penn GIP in Tokyo will have the opportunity to interview for internships in a variety of fields in Tokyo, Japan.

Number of Spots Available: 10

Duration: 8 weeks

Important Dates: Students must arrive in Tokyo for orientation on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  Internships will start the week of Monday, June 11, 2018. 

The Location: Japan’s capital juxtaposes ancient traditions with innovation and futuristic functionality. From ancient Shinto shrines, sumo tournaments and cherry blossom viewing festivals to the world’s tallest tower, multistory arcade centers, and more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is the perfect combination of customs and innovation.  Tokyo is one of the world’s most important financial hubs and home to over 50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world. If your interests lie in the creative fields, Tokyo will provide you with the burst of inspiration that you need to set yourself apart from your peers, as Japan’s center of culture, communications and media. Be inspired by the home of Manga and Anime. The world’s most populous metropolitan area is also a world economic, gastronomic and industrial center. There really is something for everybody in Tokyo.

Internship Details

Students who apply to Penn GIP in Tokyo are applying for acceptance into the overall program.  Our on-the-ground partners will facilitate interviews between accepted students and potential employers.

There are many fields and industries in which Penn GIP in Tokyo students may find internships:
  • Architecture
  • Art, Photography, & Design
  • Business
  • Consulting
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality, Events & Tourism
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • HR & Recruitment
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing & PR
  • Journalism, Publishing & Media
  • Television, Film & Media
  • NGOs & Nonprofits
  • Real Estate
  • Science


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  Additional eligibility requirements for individual internships can be found below:

The internships with Penn GIP in Tokyo also require applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be globally-minded and career-oriented

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Tokyo, JapanOur partners in Tokyo will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your housing.  They will also bring you back to the airport when your internship period is over.

Housing is included in the program fee and is arranged by the staff in Tokyo.  You will be living in an apartment with local students and fellow Penn interns.  Each student will have a private bedroom, but the apartments themselves will be co-ed.

Your housing will have security cameras installed, as well as a secure key padlock for the main entrance.  Each individual room will have a lock.  There is also a management team for each property in case issues arise.

Students can expect a commute of up to 60 minutes from their housing to their internship site.


Money Matters

Each student accepted to Penn GIP in Tokyo will receive a minimum Global Internship Award of 553,500 Japanese Yen (around $4,890 as of October 2017).  This award is intended to cover the full program fee*, which includes the following:
  • Internship placement/matching process for an internship in your preferred field
  • Housing in an apartment
  • In-person orientation when you arrive in Tokyo
  • Public transportation card for your first month
  • SIM card
  • 24/7 on-the-ground support
  • Social/cultural programming and excursions
  • Professional development/programming
Please note: Students are still expected to pay for things not included in the program fee (see estimated budget below).

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Global Internship Award -$4,890 Minimum award amount given to Penn GIP in Tokyo students
*Program Fee $4,890 Includes housing, placement fee, transportation for 1 month
Round trip airfare $1,400 Estimated cost PHL - TYO
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $2,000 Could vary based on lifestyle 
Visa $0 No visa required for 90 days (US Citizen)
Local Transport $100 Monthly pass with occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,500  

How to Apply

You may apply to Penn GIP in Tokyo by clicking on the button above.  Please remember that this is application into the program overall.  You may or may not be asked in January or February to interview with our on-the-ground partners.  You will find out if you are accepted into Penn GIP in Tokyo on March 1st.

Our partner staff in Tokyo will work to ensure that every accepted student has an internship that is in their area of interest.  These staff members will speak with you one-on-one to review your goals, skills, and internship ideas.  They can review your CV/resume and cover letter, and they will provide helpful strategies for interviewing.  Interviews with employers will be set up by the staff member, and they will ensure that you receive an offer from an internship site.  Accepted students will start interviewing with employers after confirming their acceptance (by March 15th).  You will have a confirmed internship site no later than one month before the start date of your internship.

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required group advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (see the schedule by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.

    **Please Note:** Due to the high interest in the "Penn GIP in..." programs, students may only apply to one "Penn GIP in..." program.  Students are also encouraged to apply for a second internship with a company in order to have the best chances of being accepted to the GIP.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Attend a Group Advising Session: Don't forget that participating in group advising with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to a "Penn GIP in..." program.  Find the group advising schedule by clicking here!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visa: Depending on your citizenship, you may need certain visas or permits to participate in this internship.  Past participants have found the following websites helpful in finding out what is needed for their specific situation:

This program is currently not accepting applications.