The Program

Program Overview
This internship program is designed to promote cultural and language exchange between Japanese high school students and English speaking university students.  By matching selected local students with highly competent English students from top universities, we aim to create an environment conducive to both learning and teaching.

Interns will facilitate themed discussion sessions in a classroom setting with 4-8 Japanese high school students.  The program also offers optional cultural activities and trips throughout the program both after classes and on the weekends.  Although this is an unpaid internship, the sponsor is providing certain expenses for each intern who participates in the six week program.

Once accepted, students are required to submit a signed contract and intern information sheet to Come On Out.  Once received, you will be given the go ahead to contact the travel agency to book your plane ticket to Japan.  

City Placement

Interns may be placed in one or multiple major cities throughout Japan depending on high school student demand. Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka/Nara areas are the two primary locations for 2017 but others may be added during the high school student registration process.  Some interns may travel to rural areas for an entire week or commute there daily from their home base city.  In cases where Interns attend a rural location for a whole week, housing may be limited to a "Home Stay" for that week.  All interns will have plenty of access to major hub cities.  We will not place any intern in a rural area for the entire length of the program unless demand permits and intern requests.  Some interns may have the opportunity to travel to multiple locations.   Although interns will be able to provide a preference on their location, we cannot guarantee your placement preference.    

Weekly Curriculum:  The first week of the program will consist of a retreat, training and orientation followed by 5 one-week classes to different groups of high school students.   There may be some changes to the 2017 curriculum but below are some of the topics to be discussed.  

  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Life Mission
  • Presentation and discussion on Intern chosen field of study and university.  


Example Class Schedule

There may be some changes to this schedule but the amount of time in class will not increase.  Most classes are Monday-Friday but in some cases there may be Tuesday-Saturday classes due to certain school scheduling.

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In addition, each student is given plenty of free time to enjoy Japan.  It is recommended that going out into Japan and immersing yourself in the culture be a part of your experience outside of the daily program schedule.  


Each Intern is provided a health insurance policy for at least the length of the program.  During the upcoming months we will once again be analyzing options to ensure the best possible coverage for our interns.  We will finalize our insurance policy and make it available to all accepted applicants during the onboarding process. 

Although we are covering the insurance premium cost, we are NOT responsible for out of pocket expenses outside of the policy.  In some cases, (due to timing of accidents and health issues), interns should be prepared to pay for health expenses in advance prior to receiving reimbursements from insurance.  It is recommended that all participants read over the insurance policy and purchase additional insurance (at your own cost) if deemed necessary.    

Sponsor Overview
Toshin High School is run by Nagase Brothers Inc., the leading education company in Japan and the global licensee for all Sesame Street English related products and services both in Japan and overseas.

With 120,000 students in 1,000 branch schools, Toshin High School is the largest preparatory school network for university entrance examinations in Japan. Toshin High School is a pioneer in the field of motivation management and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions for education.

In order to support the unique needs of its students, Toshin High School uses the latest developments in educational technology to provide customized lectures for each student. In addition, the school has implemented a unique mentoring system designed to motivate students toward achieving their personal and professional goals, helping them to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.


What is Included

  • Round-trip airfare from your university or home to Japan, up to 180,000 JPY.  If you choose to travel to other countries before or after Japan the reimbursement is up to 100,000 JPY.  (transfers do not apply) 
  • Housing-shared housing, dorm rooms, home stay and apartments may be utilized (additional fee required for individual apartment)
  • Interns will be reimbursed or provided lunch and dinner Monday-Friday each week of the program.  
  • Optional field trips, program retreat/check in, one overnight excursion, Japanese language classes and after class activities   
  • Health Insurance


Program Requirements
Student's will be expected to have the following:

  • Valid passport (at least through 2017)  If you are not a U.S., U.K. or Canadian Citizen, you may need a Visa.  
  • 50,000 JPY deposit to secure position in program (100% refundable upon completion of the program)  The deposit is collected by each intern at the time of your airplane ticket purchase.  The security deposit is returned to each student within 30 days of the program end date as long as they complete the 6 week program, have no damage to the residence while in Japan and complete and return our program summary. 
  • If you are not a recent graduate, you must be in good academic standing at your university. 
  • The ability to be a flexible world traveler.  In some cases, schedules can change and we are looking for interns that can adapt and excel.  


Program Dates and Deadlines

Program dates:
July 16th - August 26th, 2017 (These dates are NOT finalized as not all Japanese high school schedules are complete.  Final program dates will be confirmed prior to intern acceptance.  There is no obligation or commitment required prior to finalization of program dates.)

Early Planner applications:
November 1st - December 31st, 2016 / CLOSED  

General applications:
January 1st - February 29th, 2017 / CLOSED

Final applications:
March 1st-April 15th, 2017 / CLOSED


If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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Program Sponsors

Toshin High School
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