TOMODACHI Internship Program Sponsored by U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Starting from Summer 2015, Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) will offer scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified students to participate in the TUJ internship program. This new scholarship program is supported by a grant from the TOMODACHI Initiative and was created in response to President Obama’s and Prime Minister Abe’s April 2014 commitment to facilitate Japanese internship opportunities for American students. The initiative will contribute to the bilateral goal of doubling two-way student exchanges by the year 2020.

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TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. We seek to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.

Who can apply?

Students who meet the criteria below are eligible to apply:

  • US citizen
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll at TUJ as a full-time student for at least one semester
  • Meet the credit internship program's eligibility requirements
  • Strong academic record and demonstrated leadership experience

Application Process

For TUJ Students

Students who intend to register for a credit internship must attend an Internship Information Session held by the TUJ Career Development Office in the semester before the internship. The information session will explain the process of applying for an internship opportunity.

The application form will be available online on Blackboard (go to Career Development Office > Internships). Please note that the scholarship application requires one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor, so begin your preparations early.

You must submit both the internship application and the TOMODACHI Internship Program Scholarship application by the internship application deadline to be considered for the scholarship.

For Study Abroad Students

Please contact Education Abroad and Overseas Office at the Main Campus for more information. More information about TOMODACHI Internship Program Scholarship eligibility and the application process for study abroad students can be found here.

Note: above application schedule only applies to TUJ students, and not for Study Abroad students.