As a part of our CSR activities, we will conduct the 30th Pasona International Exchange Program, a summer internship program that started in 1988 in which students from U.S.A., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam come to Japan during their summer vacation and intern at Japanese companies. We aim to cultivate personnel who can work in the global arena with an open mind by offering a place to experience Japanese business and culture to those who otherwise may not have an opportunity to come to Japan.
Tour of the Japan Airlines factory during orientation.
About the Pasona International Exchange Program
The Pasona International Exchange Program began when Pasona Group CEO Yasuyuki Nambu met American students who wished to gain experience at Japanese companies that lead the business world. At the time, Japan was about to reach the peak of the "economic bubble". It was a time when management at Japanese companies was gathering attention and respect throughout the world under the phrase "Japan as number one". However, at the same time economic friction between Japan and the United States was rising, and so-called "Japan bashing" was spreading.
With the goal of promoting mutual understanding between the two countries at the personal level and true globalization, we became the first to introduce the widely-practiced Western internship system to Japan for Harvard University graduate students.
Afterwards, we opened the program to include university students from all over the United States, and when the program reached its 20th anniversary in 2007, we opened the door to students from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From 2013, the program was expanded to include students from Indonesia and Vietnam. Overall, 446 interns and about 130 host companies have participated in the program. After graduation, the interns utilize their experiences to step into the global field, working at both Japanese companies and places such as international governmental and academic institutions.
Satisfaction survey of Pasona International Exchange Program
Participants 100% satisfied with Pasona International Exchange program !
【Voices from Interns】
The internship allowed me to learn Japanese business style.
This program gives you an opportunity to think about your future career.
This experience enriched my view of working at a Japanese company.
Communicating and working with other interns allowed me to obtain
Dates for the 2017 Program
Monday, July 3, 2017 through Thursday, August 31, 2017
* Students arrive in Japan Wednesday, June 28 and return on Friday, September 1
Contact Us / Apply to the Program
We are recruiting host companies to offer a place of learning for excellent foreign students to gain a deeper understanding of Japan.
Pasona Group Inc. Pasona International Exchange Program Office
The application period for the 2017 program has ended.
Applications for the 2018 program will open next autumn.
Please contact our local affiliates in Japanese for more information.
Interns from 2016 *17 interns in total
Country : USA
International Relations Major
Year : Second
Trained at the HR Department of a textile manufacturer. Supported attendance management and payroll calculations. Assisted in preparation and management of personnel training.
Country : China
Tsinghua University (Graduate Program)
Modern Japanese Literature Major
Year : First-year graduate
Trained at a department store. Assisted customers with sales of handbags and men's fashion items. Translated for Chinese customers.
Truong Hoang Vu
Country : Vietnam
Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
Automotive Engineering Major
Year : Sixth
Trained at the engineering department of an electrical manufacturer. Handled technical drawing tools. Participated in the process of designing and applying connectors. Visited factories to observe connector evaluation tests, etc.
Host Companies for the 2016 Program
Including, but not limited to: KURABO INDUSTRIES LTD..; JACCS CO., LTD.; Tatsuno Corporation; Toyota Motor Corporation; HISAKA WORKS, LTD.; HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.; Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.; Pasona Group Inc.; etc.
Scenes from 2016
Interns learned Japanese business customs, such as how to bow and exchange business cards, during business etiquette training.
Through a group discussion with program alumni who have flourished professionally in Japan, interns learned how to build a global career.
Interns try ceramic painting during the cultural exchange event.
During the Farewell Party attended not only by host company representatives and interns, but also alumni, the interns present their results of the past two months.