Our very first internship has started. This year, we are on “METI Government of JAPAN, Japan Internship Program”. The very first day was training day from Japan Internship Program (JIP).
KoLe初のインターンシップがスタートしました。今年は、「経済産業省 国際化促進インターンシップ事業」に参加しています。初日の今日は、国際化促進インターンシップ事業(JIP)による研修でした。

After taking JIP training course, I was talking with the CEO of our company and what he said remind me the first question I asked for myself, when I was preparing for the internship.
研修を受けた後、社長と話していて、社長の言った言葉に、 このインターンシップの準備にあたり、最初に自問したことを思い出しました。

“If there weren’t you at this company, I would have let the opportunity go, even I am interested in. Because I have no idea where and how to start.”

Not just because I speak English, have lived in abroad and was an international sales rep at previous job…I was also a staff of an International association and a volunteer Japanese Language Teacher. I have worked with people from different countries. And I have seen how foreigners live in our town struggle sometimes. May be my experience of it made him say that.

Although, it is still my first time taking interns from abroad.

As soon as we were told that 2 wonderful ladies agreed to join us, CEO start researching about their culture. But I asked myself if it is really right thing to do.

It always help knowing some information, but there is a huge risk of having prejudice towards interns.

Is who I am same as stereo type of Japanese? Some yes but many Japanese people tells me I am not.

As far as what I have experienced, 10% difference come from culture difference but 90% come form personal difference. But the culture is a base of the person’s identity, I always think, it is all about personal difference.

I am of course very interested in their culture. But I have decided that I am not going to gather stereo type information. I am more interested in where they have been, what they have done, how they think as each person. I am going to see our interns human to human.

I hope my decision was not wrong… fingers and toes crossed.

Internship2020 instructor /インターンシップ2020指導員