Guide to Internships in Tokyo
By Tyson Batino May 13, 2019
This is the BFF Tokyo guide to internships in Tokyo. The guide will first focus on internship seekers in Tokyo on knowing what to expect and how to find the right internship for you. This guide is based on our experiences offering marketing internships, but the information applies to any area to be honest.
What you need to know about an internship in Tokyo
You have come to the right place to find and learn about working as a marketing internship in Tokyo. This page will help you to learn more about the preparations you need to make when searching for an internship position. Many foreigners in Japan make the wrong choice when choosing an internship because they do not know what to look for nor what questions to ask in the interview and end not learning much about marketing or working for a company that does not know how to do marketing.
Why should you do an internship?
For someone who is interested in business or marketing, you cannot get real world experience as a university student and your only option to get hands on work is to do an internship. Some university programs have a hands on approach to learning work skills as opposed to academic, but these types of programs are not the norm. I wish more universities would provide this type of education, so students would not have to do an internship in addition to taking university courses. However, until that happens, an internship would have to fill the need for practical experience.
What are you interested in?
Before you choose a marketing internship in Tokyo, you really need to know what areas of marketing you want to learn. If you do not know what you want to learn you will pretty much be doing a wide variety of work and you may not even learn marketing because they are making you do general work that is completely unrelated to marketing but it is something they want done.
Here is a general list of marketing skills that you can learn at a company. In major companies like UBER and Airbnb, they have large teams of people who only focus on one of the areas below. What I am trying to say is that if you try to become a jack of all trades, you really become a master of none because each area of marketing goes super deep and there is so much to learn that there are people who only focus on one area at the corporate level.
- Content Marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Email Marketing
- Website Analytics
- Market Research
- Graphic Design
- Paid Advertisements
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