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Internship at NIHON ICHIBAN (next term summer 2016)

We offer a high-quality, hands-on internship for anyone who is motivated to work in a traditional, authentic business environment and/or is looking into a business internship. The level of involvement will allow you to experience many different aspects of our business and offers you a unique chance of testing your intercultural competence in a Japanese team. The internship preferably lasts between 3 and 6 months.

As a fully integrated member of the NIHON ICHIBAN team, you will get real hands-on experience!

Regular Tasks:

  • Process international orders through various selling platforms
  • Update selling platforms by adding new products and keep listings up-to-date
  • Stock management; make sure good-selling products are on stock (purchase orders)
  • CRM; respond to customer questions and complaints
  • Update social network sites

 Project Work:

  • There are many exciting developments in the business on which the intern can contribute by means of a project. University requirements will be taken into account. 

Required Skills:

  • Fluent English and conversational Japanese
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Twitter, Facebook and possibly Wordpress
  • Intercultural communication skills and a lot of motivation!


  • No remuneration can be offered, but we provide housing in Odawara
  • Assistance on visa applications on request 

Please send your CV and motivation to Nicolas Soergel nicolas.soergel@chinriu.com


Former Intern's Voice: Jalisha van Beek

NIHON ICHIBAN Intern: Jalisha van Beek This 20-weeks internship has given me a lot!

After studying (Asian-oriented) business for three years, I finally got a comprehensive overview of how it all comes together in a real organization. I got to observe and work on sales, marketing, finance, management, procurement and was there during a renovative implementation of a new ERP system and the opening of a new shop. As an intern, I think it's pretty rare to be able to say there was never a boring day! The variety of tasks and level of responsibility make this a real "hands-on" internship.

Finally, what makes this internship unique, is the opportunity of working in a small, traditional Japanese company. A fully Japanese environment poses linguistic and cultural challenges, but is an absolutely invaluable experience."

Intern 2014-2015


Former Intern's Voice: Kai Tillmann

"During my 4 month Internship at Chinriu Honten, I feel like I learned a lot about the various aspects of e-commerce operations, including webshop management, processing of international orders and customer service, meaning I was involved in many different activities. As a result, I could not only apply the skills that I acquired during my study, but also learn new things on almost a daily basis, which is what an internship should be about. 

While the start was a bit shaky - admittedly due to my lacking Japanese skills - I liked working within a traditional Japanese company where everybody was supportive and enthusiastic about working with me despite a few communicational barriers. Working hard on improving myself and putting forward looking feedback into action was a valuable experience. I definitely cherish my time at Chinriu Honten and can only recommend it to everybody who wants to have an interesting and engaging internship in Japan!"

Intern 2015