If you are looking for an exciting internship opportunity in Tokyo, Japan with ample networking opportunities, then the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCCJ) may be perfect for you. Internships with ANZCCJ are best suited for university students with an interest in international relations, business, trade or public relations but are certainly not limited to students from these disciplines.

Interns at ANZCCJ are assigned tasks much more important than making tea. Interns are expected to source content to share on ANZCCJ’s social media outlets, assist in the planning and running of events, assist in the management of membership services and prepare publications such as the monthly newsletter. Full-time interns also liaise with the secretariat to help create their own project that can be of benefit to the Chamber. In the past, these projects have ranged from designs based – ie. creating logos and infographics – to being more research-based and creating historical overviews of the history of Japan and Australia’s trade since the signing of the commerce agreement.

 

Duration

ANZCCJ offers two types of internships – a full-time Communications Coordinator and Operations Assistant and a part-time Communications Coordinator. Full-time interns are required to stay for a minimum of six weeks and work Monday-Friday. Part-time interns stay for a minimum of three months and negotiate 2-3 work days per week.

 

Requirements

Applicants are required to be over 18 and preferably university students or recent graduates. Japanese language proficiency is preferable but not essential.

 

Application

Applications are accepted year-round. To apply please visit https://www.anzccj.jp/internships

 

Review

Asia Options’ Japan Correspondent, Kirrily, interned with ANZCCJ for 2 months in July-August, 2017.

During my time interning at ANZCCJ I was involved in the day-to-day tasks of running the office as well as some extremely exciting events and networking opportunities. I was also given my own personal project which was completely outside of anything I had ever done before!

Some of the highlights of my time at ANZCCJ include meeting Ian Thorpe and the Australian Ambassador to Japan, sitting in on a meeting at the Australian Embassy regarding the progress made on the TPP and building ties with the then secretariat, Cristina, and the other staff members and interns. ANZCCJ is a small team so you become really close knit with every one by the end of your time there.

My day to day work involved responding to emails, working on the newsletter and tracking our stats on social media. I think someone with an interest in PR would be perfect for the day to day tasks at ANZCCJ. Afternoons would mostly be spent on my individual project which was to design a range of infographics to highlight Japan’s ties with both Australia and New Zealand. Recently, I saw that the Australian Embassy in Tokyo shared one of my creations and it made me so proud to know that it was a part of my work with ANZCCJ.

ANZCCJ staff, Kirrily and fellow interns working at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the signing of the Japan-Australia Commerce Agreement

 

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Kirrily Zoon

Kirrily spent her extended gap year collecting Japanese entry stamps in her passport for her work designing itineraries for Australians visiting Japan. In 2016 however, she left the travel industry to study a BA majoring in Japanese at La Trobe University. After representing Victoria at the Japanese Speech Contest, she is now preparing to return to Japan to undertake an internship in Tokyo before embarking on a year of study in Kyoto.

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