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Introduction to Osaka University


What is an Internship?

The Osaka University internship program is defined as "a program in which students are given the chance to experience working in a company or other organization for a limited period of time while in university as a part of their education." There are a variety of types of internship -- a job experience type (participants can experience a job), a problem solution type (participants make presentations regarding a given theme), and an explanatory session type (classroom lectures). Furthermore, internship contents vary by type. Therefore, it's important for students to participate in internships with a strong sense of purpose -- understanding the industry and company of their choice or gaining a hint when deciding their courses through experiencing "work".

The length of an internship varies depending on a program. In short-time internship programs, it's difficult to have an opportunity to work so participants may get only a general idea of the work. Anyway, the internship is just a means for achieving your goals. Participation in internships is not a precondition to land a job and participation in other activities may lead you to your goals. So you should think of internships from a broad viewpoint. You should put a priority on studies first and participate in internships without interfering with studies. 

For many students internships give a chance to get to think of working and their courses in the future. If you at a loss when thinking about how to appeal yourself or write a CV, consult a career counselor at Career Development Services Office of the Counseling Support Division in the Health and Counseling Center. It's good to show your CV a counselor. You may discover something that you have not noticed. One doesn't know everything about oneself.

Please take a look at this: Things You Need to Know About Working [Unfortunately, this detailed document is only available in Japanese.]

Internship Guidebook

This guidebook includes how to gather information about internships, and their procedures, and cautions in participating them.

Internship information

Internship information sent to the Campus Life and Career Support Division is posted on the Career Support System. The application deadlines for internship programs that need to make application through the university, especially deadlines for programs sponsored by national and municipal governments are earlier than those specified by the organizations to implement such programs. Be sure to check the deadlines on the Career Support System. Internship programs related to professional education are conducted by school and those sponsored by JICA Kansai are by the Global Initiative Center.


NEW Details on internship covered under LSR and PAS changed on July 12, 2017.
For possible accidents during your internships, students are requested to buy two types of insurance: an "accident insurance" to cover costs associated with injury treatments and a "liability insurance" to cover the cost of any injuries of or damage to the property of another individual as a result of an accident that you caused.
First, you need to confirm insurance plans purchased by your parents or guardians, as well as your internship company. If they don't have the above-mentioned insurance, you are strongly encouraged to take out insurance that covers liabilities of daily life.

Accidents during internships that you signed on and completed procedures for under direction or recommendation from the University (faculty and staff members), as well as those for which you can earn credits and have been reported to your teacher, except in the case of referral only, in principle, are automatically covered by the Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (PAS) and the Liability Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (LSR). For more information about the scope of insurance, please direct questions to your teacher or the Campus Life and Career Support Division on the Toyonaka Campus.
Email: cs-stu[at]
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Reports on internship experiences

Reports on internship experiences have been posted. (internal use only)

The Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) supports students overseas internships.

GLOCOL expects that students will develop the power to address world problems in a practical manner based on their specialties and become active in the world in the future. GLOCOL holds overseas internship-related subjects for graduate school students and provides crash courses and courses by practitioners. Additionally, there are financial aid programs for overseas internship participants.
Financial aid for overseas pre-internship for less than one month are provided for both graduate and undergraduate students. For details, please go to here.

Internships sponsored by the Cooperation toward Leadership in Innovative Creation (CLIC) of the Osaka University Office for University-Industry Collaboration (for students in the doctor's course and students who obtained doctor's degree within the last 5 years)

Supported by the Cooperation toward Leadership in Innovative Creation -- Open-innovation Network, the CLIC-ON program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Cooperation toward Leadership in Innovative Creation (CLIC) of the Osaka University Office for University-Industry, offers three months or longer internships for students in the second half of doctor's courses and individuals who have obtained a doctor's degree within the last 5 years.
This internship program aims to help candidates become leaders in innovation creation in a variety of situations. Internships in companies and public organizations at home and abroad are good opportunities for young researchers to expand their perspectives and test their abilities in different environments. This program is good not only for persons interested in the business world, but also for those considering career paths in the academic world. 

The Osaka University Office for University-Industry Collaboration operates CLIC-ON, an SNS website for researchers. More than 1,000 people make use of this website. This site provides information on CLIC cafe providing information about internships and lectures by researchers who are active in companies and academic world. Sign up now.

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