Japan Offering Paid Internships for Pakistani Students

In a remarkable partnership between the Government of Japan and Pakistan’s PM Youth Program, an extraordinary opportunity has emerged for Pakistani students seeking to broaden their horizons. This exciting initiative introduces a paid internship program exclusively designed for Pakistani students, aiming to bridge the gap between Japanese companies and international talent. Under the name “METI Japan Internship Program,” this venture supports the overseas development of Japanese Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and provides invaluable work experience to the participants.

Addressing Challenges for Japanese SMEs

In recent years, Japanese companies have shown a keen interest in hiring international talent. However, smaller companies, in particular, have encountered difficulties due to their limited exposure to collaborating with foreign professionals and a lack of established international connections. Recognizing this pressing issue, the METI Japan Internship Program was launched to facilitate the hiring of foreign university students and global talent. This initiative empowers Japanese SMEs to flourish internationally while providing participants with an enriching professional experience.

Three Paths to Success

The METI Japan Internship Program offers three distinct categories of internships, providing flexibility and catering to diverse preferences and circumstances. Let’s explore each option:

1. Commuting Internships (A/A2 Course): 

For those who prefer face-to-face interaction, the commuting internship option is ideal. Participants will travel from their homes to the company daily, allowing for effective communication and collaboration with colleagues and supervisors. This setup ensures a deeper understanding of job responsibilities and fosters meaningful connections.

2. Online Internships (B/B2 Course):

In an increasingly interconnected world, online internships have gained popularity. This option offers participants the chance to gain valuable experience from the comfort of their own homes or preferred locations. Online internships are particularly advantageous for companies seeking global expansion, as targeted surveys tailored to specific locations become feasible. Additionally, foreign participants can engage in the internship without complex immigration procedures, making it a convenient and accessible option.

3. Visiting Internships (C Course):

The visiting internship option is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants arriving from overseas. This immersive experience allows individuals to gain work experience in Japan while staying at accommodation facilities within commuting distance of the internship site.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for the METI Japan Internship Program 2023, candidates must have a strong command of either Japanese or English. Additionally, they must be at least 20 years old and not exceed 40 by August 31, 2023.

Internship Periods and Benefits

The METI Japan Internship Program offers two internship periods: summer and winter. The summer internship spans from mid-May to late June, while the winter internship takes place from mid-August to late September. These paid internships provide financial support to the participants, assisting with expenses during their stay in Japan.


With Japan boasting the world’s third-largest economy, it is an ideal destination for educational and professional advancement. The METI Japan Internship Program provides Pakistani students a unique adventure in a foreign country, allowing them to enhance their skill sets, gain practical work experience, and foster a deeper understanding of job responsibilities in Japan.

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