Japan Internship for the Development of Young Leaders

The Japan Internship for the Development of Young Leaders (IDYL) offers an exciting opportunity for U.S. organizations to host well-matched, motivated, and multilingual interns. The Japan IDYL program was established with support of the Japanese government and the U.S. Department of State in order to help cultivate future leaders of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

The program nurtures a global perspective for the next generation of leaders who will shape future bilateral relations between Japan and the United States. It will provide select Japanese university students and researchers with a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional enrichment and to enhance their understanding of U.S. people, practices, and culture.

Internship Duration (dates subject to change)

  • January 30 – March 24, 2017 (6-8 week program)
  • October 3 – March 24, 2017 (4-month program)

Why Become a Host Organization?

Hosting international interns provides an opportunity to diversify your workplace with new perspectives and valuable language skills. Host companies develop international partnerships, build global competencies, and broaden perspectives among staff.

Intern Profile

  • Current students from top universities or researchers with academic backgrounds and strong interest in U.S.-Japan relations
  • Selected by Japanese government based on motivation to advance U.S.-Japan relations, English ability, and field of study
  • Eligible J-1 Visa holders with work authorization, including insurance coverage during their time in the United States
  • Proficient in English and 18 years of age or older
  • Academic backgrounds represented include: Business Administration, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Management, International Affairs, Law, Liberal Arts, Politics, Public Administration, or Public Policy
  • Compensation for internships is not required, but will be accepted if offered

What We Offer

  • J-1 Visa sponsorship, medical insurance, and a 24-hour emergency support for all participants
  • Dedicated program assistance and guidance for all interns and hosts
  • Pre-arrival orientation information about interning in the United States, arrival assistance as it relates to the area surrounding the internship location, networking opportunities, and cultural events both in-person and through an online virtual platform
  • Documentation, liaising with supervisors, and conducting site visits for new host companies

Our History with Japan

Cultural Vistas maintains a strong, longstanding relationship with Japan and seeks to strengthen this bond as it forges ahead with efforts to establish new and enduring partnerships.

Since 1990, Cultural Vistas has worked together with global partners to exchange more than 3,000 Japanese and American participants across a variety of formats, helping connect young professionals with opportunities to enhance their careers and promote a global perspective.

For more Information, please contact japanidyl@culturalvistas.org.