Photo: last year (2012) ICAS summer interns, with professor.
Photo: last year (2012) ICAS summer interns, with professor.
Last year’s ICAS summer interns.

Since 2007, the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) of Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) has hosted summer interns from many universities around the world. These unpaid summer internships for non-TUJ students offer a unique opportunity to spend a productive summer in Tokyo. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2013 program.

Interns work as research associates with faculty members, help organize conferences, or work on special projects with TUJ administrators. For students who have their own research project (such as writing a senior thesis), programs may be devised that suit their interests while contributing to the research activities of TUJ faculty.

TUJ encourages interns to take advantage of their time in Tokyo by attending conferences and other cultural events. Interns will be provided with networking opportunities in the professional communities of Japanese academia and government, and can participate in TUJ-sponsored tours and other activities both within Tokyo and across Japan.

Twenty-six interns have participated in the program in the last 7 years, from 13 universities worldwide including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. Stories from past interns can be found here:

For program details, please go to the ICAS website or send an e-mail to