Marius P. (Intern, German, 2017)

Marius P.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Initiative World
Nationality: German

Today we had the chance to talk to another intern. Marius from Germany describes his daily routine at Initiative World.

Why do you like Japan?
The stark contrast between beautiful countryside and urban centers exisiting side by side is what I like the most.

How do you like Fukuoka and what do you recommend other people to do in Fukuoka?
I really like the city. I recommend the yatai (屋台, stands with street food), especially the ones in front of Canal City. Furthermore, the Tenjin area is a great place to spend time in different shops and restaurants. If you have a day off, you can also visit Dazaifu, a historical city with lots of nice shrines.

Why did you choose Asahi School?
Asahi School was way cheaper compared to schools in other cities like Tokyo, and I really like the different services Asahi offers with their programs.

Why have you decided to do an internship in Japan?
I have been thinking about living in Japan in the future and doing this internship is a test whether I fit into the Japanese culture. Moreover, I wanted to experience something completely new.

How long is the internship and how are your working hours?
My internship goes for 23 weeks and I work from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:30, lunch break included.

What are your main tasks at Initiative World?
I do many different things. For example, video and picture editing and I also write articles. At the moment, I am working on a new project that involves creating a YouTube account where we will upload interviews with CEOs. These interviews include advices for foreigners who want to find a job or an internship in Japan.

What do you like most about your internship?
Everything about my internship has been incredible so far and I look forward to the coming months.

Were there any (cultural) problems?
I researched Japanese customs before so there were no problems or suprises.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship in Japan?
You have to work harder than in Germany and you should be prepared for longer workdays than in Germany. But I have to say that the Japanese work culture is not as horrible as everybody always says.

Program: Unpaid Internship

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