Intern in Japan!
Senshu University Matsudo Junior High School needs two (2) English-speaking interns every fall and spring for their intensive English courses. Applicants should be conscientious, creative and self-motivated. Interns are expected to present their own culture to the students and actively assist teaching staff for a maximum of 30 hours per week. No Japanese language ability is needed to apply.
Activities will include conversation classes, clubs, a newspaper, material prep, school festivals and cultural presentations. However, all interns must maintain full-time status with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; please speak with advisor concerning courses you may take while staying in Japan.
Interns are able to visit Japan through a Cultural Activities Visa; the application process is facilitated by staff at the school. Also, interns are expected to arrive fully insured—check with Education Abroad.
The school provides:
- Roundtrip airfare (arranged by intern & reimbursed in Yen upon arrival in Japan)
- Fully-furnished, single-occupancy apartment close to school (rent & utilities paid)
A budget of at least $4,000 for food and personal expenses is recommended.
The Senshu University Matsudo Junior High, founded in 2000, is a private institution with a highly competitive admission process. Senmatsu is located in Matsudo City, Chiba prefecture, a suburb of Tokyo. The school has a strong emphasis on its English curriculum, teaching seven hours to students every week. All 9th graders take a school trip to Nebraska during their summer vacation.
The intern's neighborhood in Matsudo is residential and their fully furnished efficiency apartments are a 10 minute walk from a large grocery store and fifteen minutes from Senmatsu's campus. Interns are also able to make use of the large public park and other local stores which are also within walking distance. Using a local train station, most popular spots in Tokyo are on average a mere thirty minutes away. This allows interns access to the cultural, historical, and entertainment destinations of Japan's capital.
What to do in Japan
While you will be plenty busy, there are a myriad of ways to expand your cultural experience during your stay. The school can help you; just make sure to notify the internship coordinator if you're interested:
- Join a school club: There are many things you can do: karate, kendou, judou, kyudou (archery), shodou (calligraphy), tea ceremonies… the list is endless.
- Sit in on a class: Improve your Japanese listening skills and learn how Japanese classes are structured.
- Do a language exchange: You can trade Japanese lessons for English lessons with another schoolteacher.
- Take a cultural class: The school can help you find one; let them know as soon as possible what you would like to take.
- Take a cultural trip: Do you want to see Kyoto or Mt. Fuji? Or perhaps see a kabuki performance? Your internship coordinator may be able to help you on your way.
- Read a blog: Are you curious about what your internship will look like? Read the blogs of previous interns Tristan and Hannah blog.