Tokyo Woman's Christian University

English Island Learning Center Intern

Application: Apply on LyonNet

Duration: late-May through mid-July (8 weeks total)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Housing: Fully furnished on-campus flat (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, sitting room)
Funding: The student selected for this internship must apply to the UAF for funding.

Tokyo Woman's Christian University (TWCU) has a long tradition of promoting international exchange. TWCU is delighted to once again offer this summer internship, which has regularly placed MHC students since 2004. It is a unique and high-profile opportunity, ideal for a high-energy student with a strong work ethic, excellent people skills, and a keen interest in cross-cultural communication. The intern will be much like an ambassador of her culture(s) and language(s) to the local students.

The intern will focus on two main responsibilities: one is to participate in the activities and projects of the English Island under the supervision of the professor who manages the Island. The functions of the Island include:

  • Encouraging students to express themselves in English
  • Enabling students to gain confidence in conveying and communicating their ideas clearly and persuasively in English
  • Motivating students to write prose that combines in-depth thought and analysis with ease of understanding

The function of the Island is not to fix the errors of students, but to show them these errors and help them to learn to fix them on their own. The second responsibility of the intern will be to work with the head of the English Department to visit English language classes and communicate as a native speaker with the students. In addition, the intern should be creative with initiating group conversation sessions, individual appointment sessions, video viewing sessions, discussion sessions, workshops on effective speaking and writing, etc.

Students who are not native speakers of an East Asian language are strongly encouraged to apply.

For a student's perspective on the TWCU position, read Gabrielle's IIP story or see Pavlina's presentation.


To apply, read the application guidelines and submit your application on LyonNet by February 27, 2017. To be eligible for Lynk UAF funding, students must complete Step 1 of the application by the 2017deadline. All applicants must meet with Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning, by February 24, 2017 for a pre-application meeting. Please call the McCulloch Center at x2072 to schedule an appointment.