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    Japan Internship




    This is truly a unique internship opportunity for selected applicants to experience Japan in a way very few non-Japanese ever have a chance to. Interns work daily in non-governmental social programs for underprivileged families, organize relief activities and cultural exchange events and help staff the Kozmoz Cafe and English school that provides funding for social programs through social enterprise. Though this program was designed as a scholarship college internship, non- students are welcome to apply.

    You will be interning in the ancient city of Kyoto in the Fushimi district, a historic area most famous for Sake Brewing and traditional crafts. It served as a defense stronghold for the Historic Kyoto, Capitol of Japan until the Edo period, and is home to what is considered the most beautiful castle ever built in Japan.





    Kyoto internship participants will be working daily providing support for underprivileged families, receive training and gain practical experience teaching English as a second language and helping out in the Kozmoz New York Cafe. Activities are wide ranging and everyday is a challenge. Applicants will be working and studying at the center and at local schools and organizations where they will have plenty of chances to share their culture, and experience the varied cultures of Japan. Kozmoz International is active in different areas in Japan working with the underprivileged. In 2004 we started Second Harvest Kansai, an Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto based foodbank working to eliminate food waste and support the less advantaged. Just like in America we collect foods from various manufactures and food drives and make deliveries of foodstuffs and clothing to underprivileged families, orphanages, crisis pregnancy centers, battered women's shelters, and of course to homeless outreaches.

    Applicants should be self starters who are not afraid to try new things and able to take instruction. Instruction will be given on teaching English as a second language, working and living in a foreign culture, and business management. Internship participants will be living in a communal situation and need to be able to be tolerant of other cultures and be ready to help with the daily logistics of the center and living center. This is a tremendous opportunity for students of the Japanese language, culture, and social enterprise. The founder of Kozmoz International will be the Site Director for 2015/2016 so there should be plenty of moving and shaking going on. Please check the details of the course and expectations as well as the current syllabus for academic applicants




    The center has excellent access to both downtown Kyoto and Osaka. It is both close to shopping and located next to a greenbelt by the historic Yodogawa river, a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the most densely populated country in the world. There are numerous cultural activities in the Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe area known as the Kansai district regardless of the season. Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan and is brimming with traditional arts and crafts, traditional foods, museums, and temples. Though Kyoto is famous for its many beautiful and historic temples and festivals, it is also the city with the most colleges and universities per capita in Japan, as such it is a hotbed of research and development. This makes Kyoto a dynamic city where the past and the future meet head on. There is something for everyone in Kyoto. Osaka is most notable for its entertainment districts and commerce, and its people are known for being warm and humorous. Spending time in Kansai gives you the opportunity to learn some Kansai ben, the spicy dialect spoken here and will give you an insight into Japan that you just can't get anywhere else. Finally, just an hour away is the modern bustling port city of Kobe. After being devastated by a massive earthquake just 8 years ago, it has risen from the ashes like a Phoenix and is the most international of Japans major cities.

    Kyoto Japan Internship Program Dates *internship dates are flexible so feel free to inquire if your schools schedule is different.

    Do you like kids? Au Pair position also available. Inquire HERE if you are interested.

    Internship positions FOR SUMMER 2016 HAVE BEEN FILLED. You are free to submit an application to be put on the waiting list. We are sorry but due to the number of applications that we receive, only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email acknowleging that we have received your application. Please use that email address to send us your letter of introduction. In the event that you do not recieve the application receipt, please contact us using the contact form.

    Applicants interested in beginning internships Sept. 2016 or later, please submit your application as usual.

    Fall 2014
    Fall 2015
    Fall 2016
    Sept. 18 arrive Japan Sept. 16 arrive Japan Sept. 19 Japan
    Dec. 15 depart Japan Dec. 16 depart Japan Dec. 15 Japan
    Winter 2014
    Winter 2015
    Winter 2016
    Dec. 20 arrive Japan Dec. 20 arrive Japan Dec. 19 Japan
    March 20 Leave Japan March 20 depart Japan March 13 Japan
    Spring 2015
    Spring 2016
    Spring 2017
    March 20 arrive Japan March 20 arrive Japan TBA
    June 20 depart Japan June 20 depart Japan TBA
    Summer 2015
    Summer 2016
    Summer 2017
    June 20 arrive Japan June 20 arrive Japan TBA
    Sept 20 depart Japan Sept 18 depart Japan TBA


    Kyoto Japan Internship Positions are limited so contact us or your study abroad office soon to assure your placement. A Kozmoz International Representative can help you with travel and insurance arrangements. For participants qualifying for college credit, a Kozmoz International Representative will arrange a maximum number of credits with the Study Abroad Office at your campus.



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