TOMODACHI Internship Program To Strengthen U.S. Ties to Japan

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy today announced a new internship program for American students in Japan. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) and the TOMODACHI Initiative will partner in sponsoring the program, which was created in response to President Obama’s and Prime Minister Abe’s April 2014 commitment to facilitate Japanese internship opportunities for American students. The initiative will contribute to the bilateral goal of doubling two-way student exchanges by the year 2020.

The pilot program, administered by TUJ, will enable American students to participate in internships in Japan in a wide variety of sectors, including government, financial services, NPO/NGO, media, entertainment, fashion, journalism, IT, and consulting. Internships will range from 10 weeks (summer semester) to 14 weeks (fall and spring semesters).

Participants will work 140 to 184 hours per semester at their host organizations and receive three to four college credits for their internship.

The TOMODACHI Initiative will provide a one-time scholarship of up to $5,000 per participant and will also facilitate opportunities for participants to engage with other Japanese and American students on issues important to the U.S.-Japan relationship. American students currently enrolled in any accredited college program are eligible to apply for the TOMODACHI Internship Program. Application materials are available online

About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The initiative invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. TOMODACHI seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, who appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and who possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.

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