Zentern’s Internship in Japan Reviews

This is the page where we kind of kick back in our office chairs and shrug, offering up modest “aw-w-w, shucks, guys, we dig you, too” smiles. As if our 9.6 rating on GoAbroad doesn’t say it all, here’s what some of our interns gushed about their Zentern experience. (Oh, and we promise they weren’t bribed or otherwise motivated by anything besides end-to-end awesomeness.) If after reading these paeans to our godlike powers to surpass every expectation you don’t feel sated by all the love, click on the Let’s Talk button above and let’s figure out a good time to do a Google Hangout so we can field any questions you might have. Only please don’t ask us why we rock so hard.
Cos that has as many answers as there are Zenterns.

I’M VERY HAPPY TO HAVE CHOSEN ZENTERN!

Submitted by David – University of Aberdeen

During my 8 week internship at an executive search recruitment brokerage in Tokyo, I was exposed to a fast paced business environment from the first day onwards. Zentern provided a high level of competency and support right from the start, by ensuring that I was perfectly prepared for interviews, providing accommodation and organizing social events with other interns. Moreover, I was particularly content with the professional manner in which Noa was able to deal with my queries prior to my arrival and how she provided continuous guidance during my stay. Overall, I could have not asked for a more intellectually and culturally stimulating internship experience. I’m very happy to have chosen Zentern and can strongly recommend their internship programmes to anyone who wishes to gain work experience in Japan!

 

Overall Rating 10

Internship Placement ———- 10

Program Administration ———- 10

Living Situation ———- 10

Cultural Immersion ———- 10

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 10

FROM A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, I RATE THIS EXPERIENCE AS 11!

Submitted by Gregory – University of Sherbrooke

My name is Gregory and I am from New Caledonia. I did an internship in Japan for 4 months as a software developer. What Zentern allowed me to experience happened to be completely beyond my expectations. I didn’t think that this journey would be that rich and valuable for my personal and professional development. I definitely improved my skills in Git, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SEO, Japanese writing, listening and speaking. The internship has been very good, I have been given a lot of responsibility and given a “voice” that has a real influence on the company. My supervisor has been great as well providing me with the right assistance, she was funny and kind. The staff @ Zentern are just great! The other interns that Zentern recruit are also all very nice; it felt like we all have the same mindset and goals so it was easy to befriend everyone very quickly. Spending time together (staff + zenterns) is a real pleasure! It is pleasant to spend the day with all the Zenterns as it helps feeling less lost and lonely (especially at the beginning) which is an important part in my opinion. Also, the Zentern staff insists us a lot to participate to events and meet people.

 

Overall Rating 11

Internship Placement ———- 11

Program Administration ———- 10

Living Situation ———- 9

Cultural Immersion ———- 10

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 10

INTERNSHIP IN TOKYO

Submitted by Maria – King’s College London

I had a wonderful internship experience in Tokyo with the help of the team from Intern in Japan. Noa skillfully guided me through every step of the application process and continuously checked up on me throughout my stay in Japan, even after my departure. The other member of the Zentern team, Taku, was always available to meet up during my internship in Tokyo and provide any assistance I might need. Tokyo is a wonderful and incredibly exciting city – despite jam-packing my days with activities for over a month, I still hope to return and keep ticking things off of my bucket list. The food is amazing, the sights are beautiful and the people are truly friendly and helpful, even if, like me, you barely speak a word of Japanese. I would definitely recommend visiting and working as an intern in Japan, and would encourage you to contact Zentern to have an experience that is as positive and memorable as mine was.

 

Overall Rating 10

Internship Placement ———- 9

Program Administration ———- 10

Living Situation ———- 10

Cultural Immersion ———- 10

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 10

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

Submitted by Mayur – Union College

Interning in Japan was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. From start to finish the Zentern program was incredibly supportive and eased the process of interning in a foreign country. The program offered constructive resume and interview tips and feedback along with ensuring you an internship placement and helping you find accommodations if needed. Not only that but the program holds events and day trips so you can meet other interns and network, but more importantly just have fun! Interning in Japan is an amazing experience, and is an opportunity for anyone looking to try something new. Even if you don’t know fluent Japanese and don’t plan on living in Japan, it will be a memorable experience and surely enhance your resume. Moreover, just living in Tokyo is an experience in and of itself. There is so much to do and see in the city and its nearby surroundings. Overall, I would highly recommend this program. It’s a great experience for anyone.

 

 

Overall Rating 9

Internship Placement ———- 7

Program Administration ———- 10

Living Situation ———- 10

Cultural Immersion ———- 9

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 7

JAPAN’S EXPERIENCE

Submitted by Abdulrahman – University of Manchester

It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Zentern gives an amazing support to find a suitable internship for anyone. I got my internship in Tokyo within two weeks prior travel. The support from Zentern during the internship was not as good as before the internship but still overall good. The internship at a major financial consulting firm itself was amazing. I got a chance to experience almost all aspects of the company, and had the chance to talk to real clients. I recommend an internship in Japan for anyone because it is a life experience.

 

Overall Rating 9

Internship Placement ———- 10

Program Administration ———- 9

Living Situation ———- 8

Cultural Immersion ———- 9

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 9

INTERNSHIP IN TOKYO

Submitted by Alexandra – New York University

My month in Japan was absolutely fantastic and I wish I could have stayed longer. I’m glad that I applied through Zentern as the staff were helpful, friendly and supportive, which not only made this experience possible but also facilitated my stay in Tokyo. Even though I’ve been to Tokyo several times in the past, living there as more of a local rather than a tourist allowed me to view the city and people in an entirely different light. I’m thankful for this overall internship in Japan experience, as not only did I have an amazing time but it also influenced my decision to apply to graduate schools in Tokyo so hopefully I will be able to return and live there soon. I definitely recommend Zentern and I hope that everyone will have just as positive an experience as I did.

 

Overall Rating 10

Internship Placement ———- 8

Program Administration ———- 9

Living Situation ———- 9

Cultural Immersion ———- 10

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 10

AN AMAZING THREE MONTHS!

Submitted by Brynna – University of Illinois

Zentern provided excellent service from start to finish! From the first skype consultation, I knew I was in good hands with Noa. Zentern provided my internship in Japan placement, housing placement, and all kinds of advice during my three months. I was able to make friends with other interns who were brought in from Intern in Japan, too! Zentern holds various events through the year, such as day trips and walking tours, so there’s always an opportunity to explore Tokyo with someone experienced. Tokyo is full of amazing things to do… like owl cafes! I couldn’t recommend this program enough. It jump started my career out of college, and because of my experience with my internship, I even landed a full-time job in Japan!

 

Overall Rating 10

Internship Placement ———- 10

Program Administration ———- 10

Living Situation ———- 10

Cultural Immersion ———- 10

Health and Safety ———- 10

Social Life ———- 10

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