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Part 1 is due October 31 for priority summer placement (Create a profile online; upload resume and schedule an appoitment with program manager).
Part 2 is due November 30 (copy of passport (PDF), two (2) recommendation letters; official e-transcript; and letter of motivation/tailored cover letter. Also, please rank your desired host institutions if you have more than one.
Internship assigned October 31-March 1 for summer placement
Most MISTI internships take place over 10-12 weeks during the summer. However, internships are available year-round for up to 12 months. Eligibility Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors and graduate students in all disciplines
4.0 or better
Undergrads: Japanese IV or equivalent proficiency (for proficiency you must be tested by a Japanese teacher at MIT)
Graduate students: Japanese II or equivalent proficiency
Undergrads & Graduate students: One class on Japanese culture, history or society
Undergraduates are highly encouraged to take 'The Rise of Asia' 17.53 offered during Spring 2016
Program expenses covered (includes airfare and a stipend to cover food and accommodation) PLUS a weekend trip to Kyoto and Nara at the end of June for summer participants.
Once matched with a host, students must attend all MISTI prep & training sessions (incuding a weekend retreat at MIT) and a checkout meeting with the program manager during Spring semester.
MIT has been selected to take part in the Japanese Government’s Kakehashi Project that will take 23 MIT students for a nine-day trip to Japan during IAP.
The Ministry of Forreign Affairs of Japan has launched "Japan's Friendship Ties Programs," which promote "people-to people" excange between Japan and various parts of the world. In the United States, the "Japan's Friendship Ties Programs" is known as the Kakehashi Project and is open to people who are US Citizens or holders of US Permanent Resident Cards. The program is geared toward students who have never visited Japan or who are beginning-level Japanese students. MIT-Japan Program was awarded to take part in the Kakehashi Project this year. The Project is coordinated by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the Kakehashi Project is to build cooperation with MIT students and Japan by providing participants with a better understanding of Japan by visiting number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in lectures and workshops covering such topics as politics, economics, and culture (including a homestay). The trip is subsidized by the Japanese Government (round trip airfare, transportation in Japan, three meals per day, hotel accommodations, and any admission fees to the activities arranged by JICE) and the particpants are responsible only for personal expenses.
January 18-26, 2016 (no exception to the dates and everyone must depart from and return to Boston as a group )
Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
There will be a mandatory orientation sessions for selected participants on November 20, December 2, 2015 and a pre-departure orientation in January 2016.
In addition to the JICE program eligibility requirements guidelines, applicants must:
- Currently be enrolled at MIT
- Have a valid (for at least six months) US passort or hold a US Permanent Resident Card with a valid passport
- Submit a 500 word or less essay of interest describing your motivation to apply to the Kakeshashi Project and why you want to go to Japan. Please include what you hope to gain from the trip and how this trip may impact you and your future
- Get a letter of recommendation from your Faculty Resident, Faculty House Fellow or another faculty at MIT (an electronic request for letter of recommendation will be available from the online application, but you should ask your faculty before sending the electronic link)
- Understand the program is geared toward students who have never visited Japan but preference will be given to students who have taken at least one semester of Japanese at MIT
- Participate in pre-departure orientations
- Have never have particpated in a Japanese Government-sponsored program
- Applicants who have Japanese nationality (in addition to US) are not eligible to participate
Once you have been selected, you will be required to fill out an "Entry Form" prepared by JICE and the Government of Japan that you will also need to attach a current photo of you. Student who are selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project will NOT be allowed to arrive in Japan before the program, remain in Japan after the program nor change the flight designated by Kakehashi Program. Students are NOT allowed to travel from a third country to Japan or to a third country on the way back to the US. In addition, selected particpants are NOT permitted to have anyone accompany them and cannot change the accommodation designated by the Program. Since the travel will be during the flu season and there have been cases of fatal avian influenza cases in the past, participants will be ask to take their temperatures on the day of travel. If the student has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher on the day of departure, s/he will not be eligible to participate in the Program.
Student must agree to the support the objectives of the Kakehashi Project, which are to: (1) Promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the USA that will lead to to building a basis for future friendship and cooperation; (2) Promote a global understanding of Japan’s society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy, and (3) Help share your expereince in Japan and information about Japan through social media.
The Program Cost covers round-trip economy class airfare, transportation in Japan, three meals per day, hotel accommodations, and any admission fees to the activities arranged by JICE. However, selected participants are expected to cover personal expenses, including (but not limited to) passport fees, excess baggage fees, fees for vaccination, travel expenses between their home and departure port, fees for accommodation and meals in the USA, and pocket money for the purchase of items for personal use.
Selected students will depart to Japan from Boston Logan Internatinoal Airport. Please note that participants will be responsible for any transportation and lodging arrangements and costs associated with traveling to/from the airport.
Most of the following information was was obtain from Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Japan's American Citizen Services' website on "Importing or Bringing Medication into Japan for Personal Use":
Japanese law on medication and how they treat people who have illegal substances in Japan is very different than in the United States. Failure to comply with Japanese law may result in being arrested and detained. PLEASE CAREFULLY READ the following Japanese Government's website for details:
"It is illegal to bring into Japan some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the United States, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers), or Codeine are prohibited if it contains more than allowed quantity of stimulant raw materials. According to Japanese law, up to a two-months' supply of allowable over-the-counter medication and up to a two-months' supply of allowable vitamins can be brought into Japan duty-free.
Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis (marijuana), stimulant drugs including some prescription medications such as Adderall, and including some medications available over-the-counter in the U.S. are prohibited in Japan. There are no exceptions in bringing these prohibited medications into Japan, even if the medication is legally obtained outside of Japan. The import of stimulant drugs such as methamphetamines and amphetamines in particular are strictly prohibited, even when accompanied by a customs declaration and a copy of the prescription. Japanese customs officials or police can detain travelers importing prohibited items. Japanese customs officials do not make on-the-spot "humanitarian" exceptions for medicines that are prohibited in Japan.
Up to one month's supply of allowable prescription medicine (by Japanese law) can be brought into Japan. Travelers should bring a copy of their doctor's prescription as well as a letter stating the purpose of the drug."
Please contact the Japanese Consulate in Boston at 617-973-9774 should you want to consult anyone regarding carrying prescription and/or non-prescription medication to Japan to confirm whether they will be allowed to bring the particular medication to Japan.
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