Program Overview

The Media, Graphic Design, and Creative Industries Internship offers opportunities to work overseas in Japan with types of companies and organizations, such as : Innovation Language Learning, imageMILL, Virgin Earth: Aoyama Earth Studio 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, business-level skills.

Each internship provides chances to:

  • Film footage on location and in a studio environment.
  • Learn about all aspects of film pre-production, shooting and post-production.
  • Get experience scheduling, booking, creating data, facilitating dub requests.
  • Collaborate on content creation for online publications.
  • Assisting designers and art directors on variety of design and branding projects.


  • Strong interest in digital & social media, graphic design, and online journalism.
  • Interest in Japan-related trends, culture, and news.
  • Strong attention to accuracy, details, and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), Final Cut, Flash, MS Office, etc.
  • Language requirements vary depending on the internship.

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.  The time spent on the course is estimated to take less than 2 hours.

Dates and Deadlines

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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.