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Fact Sheet:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Internship, Japanese Languages & Literature
Host Institution:
Japan Center for Michigan Universities
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite:
6 College-Level Semesters
Program Provider:
Japan Center for Michigan Universities
Program Type:
Internship (Full), Study Abroad
Summer Program Duration:
6-10 weeks
Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
In Classes With:
All US Students,Mostly US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Full-time, Internship Credits
Program Description:
JCMU - Summer Internship

Add Japan to your resume on this professionally-oriented 12-week program! 

Length: The Japan Center Summer Internship program is 12 weeks in length, taking place in the summer.

Program features: This summer program is designed for upper-level language students who wish to gain professional experience related to their career interests.
The Summer Internship Program provides students with the following opportunities:
  • Advanced professionally oriented Japanese language study (3 credits): Students take this course at the beginning of the program to further develop their language skills with new vocabulary, phrasing and honorific language appropriate for the workplace.
  • 9-week internship based on the student's career interests (variable credits): Internships are available in a variety of different fields, including business, education, government, and more.  Interns will be expected to contribute to the best of their ability in a Japanese-language environment.  Ability to earn internship credit will vary by college and additional coursework may be required; arrangements should be made prior to the program.
  • Internship meeting with JCMU staff and Japanese faculty: Students will participate in regular meetings at JCMU to further understand and interpret their experiences.  Reflective activities will push students to evaluate their professional development and expand their understanding of Japanese language and culture.

Housing: Students will live in a combination of JCMU housing and other accommodations depending on their internship placements.  Student apartments are designed for double occupancy with two private bedroom and a shared living space.  JCMU will arrange short- and long-term homestays with families based on family availability, student preferences and internship location.  Transportation costs between the housing location on the internship placement are covered by the program fee. Click here for more information about the JCMU residence hall, and here for more information about homestays.

Scholarships: All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic Consortium Scholarship towards their program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage.

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Academic Components:

  • Hospitality Business and tourism Keystone Course (3 credits)
  • Japanese Language for Hospitality Business (3 credits)
  • HBT Internship (4 credits)


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies 05/07/2018 07/28/2018
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.