JET Internship Programme FAQ

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I have the Japanese ability to pass the JLPT level N2 test, but I have not taken the test so far. Can I still apply to the internship?
Without certification of your Japanese ability through the JLPT level N2 test or above, or through some alternative language proficiency test (e.g. a level of the Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT) showing you have proficiency equivalent to JLPT level N2) it may be difficult to determine applicants’ Japanese ability. Therefore, applicants without such certification may not be given consideration.
I am a current JET participant now, but my appointment will end in August. Can I participate in the internship?
Unfortunately, this internship programme is only available to current JET participants who are being reappointed for the 2021-2022 JET year.
I have other work duties to attend to during the internship periods, so may I participate in only part of the internship?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. Only JET participants who can participate for the entirety of one of the internship periods may apply.
Work Regulations
Do I need to use paid leave to participate?
In principle, participation in the internship is not considered part of a JET participant’s regular work duties, so participants must use paid leave. Please consult with your contracting organisation regarding this matter.
Can we indicate preferences for the day of our interview?
Yes. Applicants who pass the first round of screening will be consulted regarding their preference for interview times. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet everyone’s requests, so we ask for your cooperation and understanding in arranging the interview schedule.
Will the interview be in Japanese?
The interview will primarily be in Japanese. Details regarding the interview will be sent to participants who pass the first round of screening.
Can I choose the company at which I intern?
After the participants have been finalised, you will be given the option to give your preferences for the company at which you would like to intern. Your preferences will be taken into consideration as much as possible; however, we may not be able to match you with your preferred companies.
What kind of companies will participate in the internship programme?
Recruitment of participating companies is done concurrently with the JET participant recruitment and selection, so the participating companies have not been decided yet.

In the last internship programme, general trading companies, travel companies, manufacturers, research and consulting firms, recruitment agencies, event planning companies, etc. were among the companies that accepted interns.
What should we do regarding transportation and accommodations during the internship?
Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and accommodations.
Do I have the chance of being hired by the company I intern at after I finish the JET Programme?
The JET Internship Programme was conceived as a work-experience for JET participants to attain a better understanding of the kinds of global personnel Japanese companies and organisations are seeking and reexamine their professional aspirations for the benefit of their own job-searching activities after finishing the JET Programme. In general, the internship programme does not have the objective of introducing participants to potential employers.
How many interns will each company accept?
Although the details have not been finalised, some companies will only accept one intern, while others will accept several.
What is the difference between the CLAIR sponsored internship and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government sponsored internship?
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government sponsored internship will take place at small to mid-size businesses located in Tokyo Metropolis.

In the CLAIR sponsored internships, participants may intern at companies in either the Kanto Region, Kansai Region, or the Kyushu Region. The companies accepting interns will not necessarily be small to mid-size businesses, but may include large businesses as well.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CLAIR will not be sending interns to companies under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government sponsored internship.
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