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Internship Program - Eligibility and Details

Internship Cycles (U.S. Embassy Tokyo)

Please apply to the cycle that best fits your schedule.

  • Fall/Winter/Spring interns must commit to 16 hours a week while summer interns must commit to working full time for at least two months.
  • Candidates who can work at least one month full time will be considered out of standard cycles for non-summer periods.
  • Winter/Spring interns need not commit the whole 5 months, but at least 2 months at the 16 hour per week or by doing at least one month full time.

Fall: Roughly September-December
Roughly January-May
Roughly May-September

What does the Commercial Section Do?

As you already may be aware, the Commercial Section serves as the principal federal government resource for international trade development and business expansion. You will have the opportunity to work with American diplomats as well as local trade professionals to gain hands-on, real-world international experience focusing on business in the U.S. Embassy environment.

We are looking for candidates that encompass professionalism and resourcefulness, with strong personal motivation and the ability to work both independently and in group settings. Strong candidates will also possess problem solving skills and solid analytical skills.

A relevant major such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science is preferred and candidates are expected to have a high level of proficiency in verbal and written English and Japanese. Priority will be given to candidates that can commit for longer periods of time, and more hours per week.


  • Student must be enrolled in an academic program during the full period of their internship
  • Student must be proficient in both languages (see FAQ for details)
  • Student must be able to commit 16 hours a week during Fall/Winter/Spring cycles and work full time during the Summer cycle (exceptions made for the Fall/Winter/Spring cycles) (U.S. Embassy Tokyo)
  • Upon selection, students must be able to pass a security clearance investigation in order to work at the Embassy

To Apply

Please submit the following items to the Internship Coordinator at for Tokyo or for Osaka.

All documents must be in English.

  • The Application form
  • Proof of Language Ability
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter or Statement of Interest

Download application form here.

For more information, contact For commonly asked questions, please refer to the FAQs page.

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