As a part of our CSR activities, we will conduct the Pasona International Exchange Program, a summer internship program that started in 1988 in which students from U.S.A., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, etc. 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.
Visited the Bank of Japan 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. From 2017, Indian student participated for the first time. Overall, 463 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 2, 2017 through Friday, August 31, 2017
* Students arrive in Japan Wednesday, June 27 and return on Saturday, 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
We are accepting applications for the 2018 program.
Please contact our local affiliates in Japanese for more information.
Interns from 2017 *15 interns in total, As of 1 August, 2017
Home country : Taiwan
School : National Taiwan University - Electrical Engineering Major
Grade : Fourth year
Trained at the engineering department of an electrical manufacturer. Used technical drawing tools and participated in the process of designing and applying connectors, etc.
Home country : USA
School : University of Wisconsin-Madison - Japanese Major
Grade : Third year
Trained at the Public Relations Department of Pasona Group. Planned and managed English events for employees. Interviewed and wrote articles for the company newsletter. Translated documents on company's facility.
Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy
Home country : Vietnam
School : University of Economics Confirms - Hotel Management Major
Grade : Third year
Trained at the sales department of a company that sells gift items. Supported customer service at the store and learned Japanese "OMOTENASHI (Japanese style hospitality)". Proposed ideas to improve stores.
Host Companies for the 2017 Program
Including, but not limited to: Sanrio Company, Ltd.; HIROSE ELECTRIC CO.; ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.; Tatsuno Corporation; Pasona Group Inc.; etc.
Scenes from 2017
Interns learned Japanese business customs, such as how to bow and exchange business cards, during business etiquette training.
Lecture by program alumni who have flourished professionally in Japan. Interns learned how to build a global career.
Interns made "Soba (Japanese noodles)" at the Cultural Exchange Event.
During the Farewell Party attended by host company representatives and interns, the interns gave presentations on their experience and future goals.