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Minato City Hall; Temple University Japan Campus
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Emily Yocom

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Japanese, International Studies
Hometown: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship at Minato City Hall was being able to gain practical working experience in a Japanese government office and speaking Japanese every day. Being able to get a feel for a Japanese office setting and polish my language skills has helped me solidify my career plans and feel more confident in my job search.

This program allowed me to apply what I've been learning about intercultural communication and the Japanese language to a real-world experience

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this program allowed me to apply what I've been learning about intercultural communication and the Japanese language to a real-world experience. I interned with the Global Community Planning Subsection, and I was doing a lot of translation and working with foreign residents of the city, so I was able to see firsthand what it's like from the government side of immigration in Japan.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience helped me put my desire to work in Japan into perspective. Through Temple University, I was able to attend a career panel that opened my eyes to the various career options for Americans in Japan, and it solidified my desire to work as a Coordinator for International Relations with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program to begin a career in intercultural consulting.

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