Oxford Alumni Club of Japan internship success

The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan (OACJ) is leading a new initiative in collaboration with the University to create internships in Japan exclusively for Oxford students.

In April 2018, OACJ negotiated agreements with five Japanese companies - including media solutions giant Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd. and A.I startups TEIT Inc. and ABEJA Inc - to offer fully-funded, paid internships in Tokyo.

Promoted through the University’s Careers Service Summer Internship Programme, TEIT and ABEJA both received the second highest number of applicants across all global internships in the May 2018 and June 2018 application rounds respectively.

 ‘There is strong interest from both sides. Oxford students are eager to go to Japan but are deterred by the cost or lack of career boosting opportunities,’ said OACJ President, Warren Stanislaus. 

Japanese firms are desperate to attract what are termed “global jinzai” (global talent) from top-tier universities but struggle in their recruitment drives. I intend to bridge this gap!’

Warren shared his long-term vision for the project: ‘I believe that this alumni initiative can serve as a model for other Japanese firms to follow in their global hiring strategy. I am working on expanding the portfolio of placements across Japan for Oxford students.

‘Perhaps such links will open the door to future academia-industry partnerships that can make a significant contribution to Japan’s revitalisation efforts?’

The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan was officially established in July last year by Warren Stanislaus and Lawson Lancaster. It has since grown to become the largest Oxonian alumni network in Japan, with over 380 members.