Internship Program

In order to help exchange students gain work experience, learn practical skills in the business world, network with and learn from various professionals in leading Japanese companies, Hitotsubashi University provides selected inbound exchange students with opportunities for the unpaid, two-week Internship program conducted in English in leading Japanese companies during the summer and winter breaks.

Program Overview
Past Internships
Application and Selection Procedures
Requirements and Responsibilities

Program Overview


The majority of internship placements have been with the leading Japanese companies, but the nature of the placements varies greatly from company to company. Hitotsubashi’s Internship Program usually involves office work and working on special research project designated by each company. Interns are expected to give a research presentation at the end of the program.

The first selection process is carried out by Hitotsubashi University, and checked by the host company. The host company reserves the right to make final judgements on the acceptance of nominated students.

Hitotsubashi University does not offer any credits to students who attend this program.

Each intern must pay their internship-related expenses, including commuting costs, liability and personal insurance and food during the internship program.

Past Internships



E-Commerce and internet company


Location: Tokyo, Japan
Number of Interns: 2
Internship Period: February 13- February 24, 2017

Financial service company


Location: Tokyo, Japan
Number of Interns: 2
Internship Period: February 13- February 24, 2017

Insurance holding company


Location: Tokyo, Japan
Number of Interns: 2
Internship Period: February 13- February 24, 2017

Global integrated business enterprise


Location: Tokyo, Japan
Number of Interns: 2
Internship Period: February 15- February 26, 2016

Application and Selection Procedures



Application Procedures


Those who are interested in this Program should submit the following documents by the deadline.

  1. Application Form (required)
  2. A Letter of Recommendation* (not required)
  3. *The letter must be from a faculty member at Hitotsubashi University or your home institution who knows your academic performance in class. Referees will be asked to vouch for your character as well as your academic performance, so choose referees who know you well.


  4. Pledge for Participating in Internship Program (required)

Selection Procedures


The selection process will involve two screenings. The first screening consists of a review of the written application documents, including your official transcript of home university. The second screening consists of an interview.

 (a) First screening (based on written application documents)
   ・Screening criteria will include your level of scholarship, as well as your writing ability.
 (b) Second screening (interview with Hitotsubashi University Faculty Members)
   ・Interview based on your application documents

Requirements and Responsibilities


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