Fabien M. (Intern, French, 2017)

Fabien M.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Fukuoka Now
Nationality: French

Today a new intern talks about his internship. Fabien from France talks about his experiences at Fukuoka Now, a publisher in Fukuoka City.

Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
I found Asahi Nihongo on the internet and as it was a language school to also offer internships providing a good service at a reasonable price, I did not hesitate long and applied.

Why did you pick this internship?
I am uncertain about my future working place, this is why I want to try out internships in many different fields of work. I always wanted to work for the press, so the publisher Fukuoka Now seemed to be the perfect place to gain some experience.

What were your tasks?
There were many different tasks I had to do. For example, I translated Japanese news or texts into English. To gain these information I had to do some researches on the internet and take notes, which was used for later articles. I sometimes also helped with the editing of articles. Beside these kind of tasks, I also went outside and took pictures of the Kasariyama floats, which are exhibited in various parts of Fukuoka City. They are an essential part of the famous Yamakasa Festival, which takes place every year in July. My pictures and notes will be used for an article about it.

Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
No, there weren’t any problems.

What do you like the most about your internship?
I guess I liked the fact the most, that I have helped to create something useful I can proudly hold in my hands and use for myself to explore many different parts of the city. Moreover, I help foreigner tourists, who would like to explore Fukuoka, too.

And how do you like Fukuoka?
Fukuoka is a very nice place. It is a good mix between a big city but also a good place to relax with a great scenery. I would recommend Fukuoka to everyone, who plans to live in Japan for a longer time like students, interns or workers, because the life expenses are comparatively low.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
You should generally have a good knowledge of Japanese. The higher your level, the easier it is to fulfill your tasks. If you get used to the all the customs and working environment you will enjoy your stay in Fukuoka and your internship.

Program: Unpaid Internship 

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