Internship Opportunities with the Commercial Section at U.S. Embassy (Due Date Nov 23, 2018)

We offer a wide range of services for American citizens in Japan as well as visa services for international travelers.


Winter/Spring Intern


The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is looking for interns to join our team. We have 3 internship cycles with availability during each cycle. We encourage you to apply during the cycle that best fits your schedule, and clearly indicate your availability on your internship application.
(1) Fall: Roughly September-December
Fall interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 16 hours a week.
(2) Winter/Spring: Roughly January-May
Winter/Spring interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 16 hours a week.
(3) Summer: Roughly May-September
Summer interns must commit to working at least two months and at the minimum of 24 hours a week.

We are looking for candidates that encompass professionalism and resourcefulness, with strong personal motivation and the ability to work both independently and in group settings. Strong candidates will also possess problem solving skills and solid analytical skills.

A relevant major such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science is preferred and candidates are expected to have a high level of proficiency in verbal and written English and Japanese. Priority will be given to candidates that can commit for longer periods of time, and more hours per week.

Requirements & Preferences

- Student must be enrolled in an academic program during the full period of their internship
- Student must be proficient in both languages (one does not need to be a native or heritage speaker, but one should have a strong command (approximately TOEFL 550/IBT 90/TOEIC 800, JLPT N2) of both languages)
- Student must be able to commit at the minimum of 16 hours a week during the Fall and the Winter/Spring cycles. (U.S. Embassy Tokyo intern)
- Student must be able to commit at the minimum of 24 hours a week during the Summer cycle. (U.S. Embassy Tokyo intern)
- Upon selection, students must be able to pass a security clearance investigation in order to work at the Embassy

<Who is eligible to apply?>
Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Individuals with dual citizenship may also apply. However, one must pass a security investigation before the projected start date of the internship cycle. Candidates may be unable to participate in the program if the security clearance is not completed in time.

<What is the level of commitment required?>
We require a minimum of 16 hours a week. If one cannot commit 16 hours, the internship agreement will be rescinded. We understand that you will not be certain of your academic schedule at the time you submit your application. We ask that you apply only when you are fairly certain that you will be able to commit 16 hours a week during the period from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Proof of commitment is needed for the final internship offer.

What we're doing.

As you already may be aware, the Commercial Section serves as the principal federal government resource for international trade development and business expansion. You will have the opportunity to work with American diplomats as well as local trade professionals to gain hands-on, real-world international experience focusing on business in the U.S. Embassy environment.

Why we're doing. helps U.S. companies plan, develop and execute international sales strategies necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. Developed by international trade specialists and economists, here you will find trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help you understand how to export, connect with foreign buyers, and expand operations in new markets.

Salary / Fringe Benefits / Perks

Unfortunately, this is an unpaid internship.



1-10-5 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo

Company info



Jobs at Embassy of the United States of America in Japan