Japan—Business & Communication
UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating academic coursework with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. This program carries a total of 8.00* quarter units in eight weeks.
Students on Summer Abroad Internship programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.
See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements.
Auditing is not an option.
*Note: Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).
Students will intern approximately 32 hours per week at their host company and will be able to apply for transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.
Writing for Internships: This 2 unit course is intended as a forum to connect the work students do at their internship to its broader social and cultural context. Through online discussions students will have a community with whom to share their reflections and observations about their internship placements and to explore the significance of interning in an international context.
No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.
After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about yourself, your goals and expectations, and your internship fields of interest for our program partner, Internship in Japan (IIJ). You will be required to have a phone or Skype interview with IIJ before being officially accepted into the program. After IIJ confirms your acceptance to UC Davis Study Abroad you will submit supplemental documents to the IIJ coordinator. Once IIJ finds an appropriate internship for you, you should expect to have a Skype interview with the host organization. Supplemental documents include:
- Cover letter
- One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or employer
- Photo of yourself in professional attire
- Portfolio (for any creative or computer science position)
Students are matched with a host company based on their specific skills, experience and goals for the internship. While every effort will be made to accommodate students’ preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to IIJ. The Internship and Career Center provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation examples.