Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

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aoeuaoeuaoeu
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Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by aoeuaoeuaoeu » Mon 07.18.2005 5:14 pm

Hi,

I'm a Canadian computer science student and next winter / summer, I need to find myself a relevent internship (in terms of work) for my final semester. I'm thinking of going to Japan. If I go, I'll have 1 year of self study behind me (Pimsleur's 1-2-3, Heisig's, thinking of starting yesjapan.com).

The good: I have a clean record, good grades, recommendation letters, I'll be 20 next winter (age of majority) and I was told that students wishing to go to Japan were very very few (that being an advantage for me). Also, I speak French, if that changes something...

Sadly, so far, I got not so encouraging news. The internship service here at the University has not sent students to Japan for years, so they can't help me with contacts. They suggested to send e-mails to the different embassies which I'll do in the next days. Or else... what can I do? I doubt that sending e-mail randomly to companies would be effective.

Another issue, I would greatly prefer to live in a family to learn and 'absorb' the culture faster. I have been told at the campus travel agency that I'm on my own there too... Any ideas where I can search for that?

Thank you!

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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by MenomaMinx » Mon 07.18.2005 5:50 pm

http://gaijinspot.com/
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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by aoeuaoeuaoeu » Mon 08.01.2005 12:52 pm

No, I haven't given up yet!

I would really appreciate the help of Japanese people though... I'm still searching a place where I could work next winter. I thought about this today: how about offering my services *for free* in some Japanese high school? I would help with computers (helping people with their accounts, maintaining the network, making a better application for the library, maybe even teaching a bit of programming to those interested, etc, for example). Would you say that the scholar system in Japan might be open to such thing?

Or else, maybe suggestions on companies I might contact would still be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by mandolin » Thu 08.04.2005 6:36 am

Did you try the link that Menoma posted, or just ignoring her entirely?

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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by ayesee » Fri 08.05.2005 1:35 am

For me, that link doesn't work. If you drop the 's' and hit http://www.gaijinpot.com/ instead you end up somewhere.

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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by samurai8377 » Fri 08.05.2005 11:10 am

In wich school are u in Montreal, because i'm also a student in Montreal

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RE: Finding an internship and somewhere to stay

Post by aoeuaoeuaoeu » Fri 08.05.2005 11:21 am

Actually, I think I changed my mind... There seem to be too many compromises to be made to go to Japan. I started looking at what could be possible in British-Columbia and it seems like a nice intermediary step. Lots of Japanese people, more opportunities and work that is more interesting, less expensive...

I'm not living in Montreal. Rive-Nord actually, and I go to Cegep L-G.

There's this program http://www.swap.ca that I could also participate in next summer...

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