InternJapan Master

INTM-JAP InternJapan Master

Høst 2019

  • Topics

    Internships that are placed in an academic frame act to enhance one's understanding of how academic theory and practice interconnect. When internships are held abroad, theories assist in understanding and managing one's intercultural experiences better. The course contains approximately 150 work hours in a company, a theory module, and an final report that relates the theory module with the internship experiences.

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the student has acquired the following:


    • knowledge about tradition and variation in Japanese working life


    • able to use theoretical knowledge to describe, analyse and reflect on one's intercultural experiences and to reflect on those same theories in light of practice

    general competence

    • better prepared to work in international teams, especially in an East Asian setting
    • have a better understanding of similarities and tension between Japanese and Norwegian work values and routines

  • Teaching

    Before the internship starts, the student is required to attend a 4 hours' pre-departure seminar to introduce the course and prepare for the intercultural experience. The seminar is offered twice a year: in May/June and in November/December. The rest of the theory module is online and consists of 3 video lectures with reading material.

    The course administrator can provide the students with an NHH mentor in cases where the internship manager has asked the student to perform tasks that requires specialized skills.

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  • Requirements for course approval

    Before the student can hand in the final report, (s)he must have a. attended the preparatory seminar, b. have written a reflection blog with answers to a set of questions while doing the internship, and c. have attended one workshop arranged by NHH in Japan. The course administrator will function as the student's mentor during internship by providing comments to the reflection blog.

  • Assessment

    A written report of 2500 words (+/- 10%) where the content from the reflection blog is related to the theoretical knowledge acquired from the theory module. The report must be handed in digitally 4 weeks after the internship has ended, at the latest.

    The student must have written a well-structured and well-written report with the requested content and length. In order to pass, the candidate must demonstrate good reflection and cultural sensitivity skills.  The report should end with a list of references.

  • Grading Scale

    pass/non pass

  • Literature

    Clark, Rodney (1999). The historical influences on the company. In: The Japanese Company. New Haven /London: Yale University Press, pp. 13-48.        

    Jun, J. S., & Muto, H. (1995). The hidden dimensions of Japanese administration: Culture and its impact. Public Administration Review, 125-134.    

    Ogihara, Y. (2017). Temporal Changes in Individualism and Their Ramification in Japan: Rising Individualism and Conflicts with Persisting Collectivism. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.                    

    O'Regan, N., & Ogata, S. (2007). Changing Japanese management: Is the trend towards western-style management sustainable?. International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 2(1), 45-58.            

    Masumoto, T. (2004). Learning to ¿DoTime¿in Japan: A Study of US Interns in Japanese Organizations. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 4(1), 19-37

    Rygg, K. (2015). Japanese and Norwegian Metapragmatic Perceptions of Contextual Factors in Intercultural Business Communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication 38.



Students who are going on student exchange to Japan can apply for internship in the Japan in the same semester. The course is offered twice: Autumn 2018 and Autumn 2019

After Autumn 2019, the course in incorporated in the course called INTERN-A-M (Intern Abroad Master)

The student is recommended to contact ICC at an early stage to ensure attendance at a pre-departure seminar."

Course responsible

Kristin Rygg, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication