When is the internship period?
The internship period for the ETP is from 3rd August to 23rd October, 2015. As some trainees will do their internship at multiple companies, the exact period should be determined between the trainee and the host company.

Can the internship be conducted outside of this period?
If both parties agree, the internship can be carried out beyond the period set forth above (i.e. after the completion of the ETP); however, the extra period will be carried out outside the framework of the ETP. Please note that the internship cannot be carried out before 26th July, when regular classes are carried out every day at Waseda University.

How much does it cost to accept an intern?
The internship is conducted strictly as part of the training for the ETP, and therefore does not involve compensation for work performed during the internship period. As a general rule, the cost of daily commuting and meals should also be borne by the trainee.

However, the performance of tasks that do involve expenses (e.g. transportation for outings and business trips) and the payment of such expenses should be discussed beforehand and settled upon consultation between both parties.

Are there any rules regarding an intern’s job description?
Whilst there are no particular restrictions imposed on the trainee’s job description during the internship, the details and conditions of the internship, such as tasks, projects, internship location, work hours, supervisor, etc. should be determined before the start of the internship upon consultation between the trainee and host company. There is no prescribed format when signing an agreement. Templates are available from the ETP Secretariat.

What language should the internship be conducted in?
One of the main objectives of the internship is to practice and the language skills acquired at Waseda and apply them in a real business environment for further advancement. Although many trainees are beginners and are still limited in their ability to use Japanese in business, we would appreciate your support in using as much Japanese as possible during the internship, including in daily communication.