ERIC Number: ED334837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Japanese Corporations toward Internship Training for American Graduate Business Students.
The Japanese specialization of the University of South Carolina's (USC) Master of International Business Studies (MIBS) program includes a 6-month internship at a foreign or Japanese company in Japan. While foreign companies in Japan are receptive to the assistance American student interns provide, promoting such internships to Japanese companies has sometimes been difficult. Sponsoring an internship to a foreign student in a non-technical field is alien to many Japanese firms, and companies are unprepared to provide training to foreign interns without solid roots in the organization. The internship structure and assignment of interns varies greatly depending on the company, with Japanese companies providing more general training and assigning less responsibility to interns than foreign companies do. A survey of 18 companies participating in the USC program indicates that all consider the internship experience beneficial and most will sponsor another intern. In general, the companies very favorably rated the students' preparation in Japanese language, culture, and business practice as well as their interpersonal skills. Host company experiences with accommodating the American interns were generally good, with most companies feeling they had learned from the experience. Eight companies saw a need for improvement in their accommodation of interns. The MIBS Internship Program in Japan questionnaire is appended. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, International Trade, Internship Programs, Languages for Special Purposes, Masters Programs, Program Development, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Corporations; Japan; University of South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communications for World Business and the Professions (9th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 5-7, 1990).