University of Oregon

Community Counseling Internships in Tokyo

Program Overview

The Community Counseling Internships offer opportunities to work overseas in Japan with schools and organizations such as: Katase-Nozomi Kindergarten, Consulate-General of Brazil in Japan, Atsugi High School, Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) and many more.

A strong interest in Japan and the desire to immerse oneself in the culture are a must. Language abilities range from little-to-none, all the way up to advanced. Internships provides opportunities to:

  • Experience client intake process for counseling & therapy offices.
  • Assist in training & counseling sessions.
  • Observe clinical staff meetings.
  • Learn about evaluation process and handling of counseling records.


  • Interest in early childhood and/or high school education and/or child psychology.
  • Background in psychology, social work or related field- or currently enrolled in such programs.
  • Strong attention to accuracy, details, and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication and social skills.

Academic Details

In addition to 8 internship credits, students will enroll in a 1-4 credit Intercultural Communication online course.  This course is designed to provide ongoing support to students who do internships abroad.  Students will observe, explore and investigate the core cultural values in their host country during the internship, conduct comparison in the differences between their host and home country, and develop critical thinking skills and culture learning strategies. Some of the topics discussed in this course include: attitudes toward time, space, age, gender and authority, different views on self/others, conflict styles and culture shock. 

A weekly assignment for the online course includes: reading assignments, group discussions and/or a weekly journal.  The number of enrolled credits will determine the course workload.  It will begin one week before your internship begins and end one week after completion.  

Internship Details

Students must intern for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for a total of at least 240 hours for an 8-week internship. Although this is an unpaid internship, you will earn 8 internship credits.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.