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Submissions open: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization: TELL


Organization Profile:  TELL is a certified not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community as well as helping to address the country’s growing mental health care needs. We have about 10 staff, plus around 20 therapists working on contract. We run our Lifeline as well as a number of outreach activities and events with the help of more than 100 volunteers and interns.

City: Tokyo, Japan.

Internship Department: Outreach, with overlap to Admin, Events, Lifeline, Counseling (depending on major).

Department Profile: The outreach department works to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention in the community.

Work description:

Gain valuable experience working in the field of NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS and MENTAL HEALTH in a multicultural environment

Organizational background:  TELL is a certified non-profit organization that has been providing confidential support and western-style counseling to the international and Japanese community for 46 years.  TELL provides three core services: TELL Lifeline, TELL Counseling, and TELL Outreach.

TELL Counseling Center is a professional counseling center in Japan staffed by licensed internationally trained professionals. TELL Counseling offers multilingual, confidential, face-to-face counseling, employee assistance programs, psychiatric evaluation and medication, and professional workshops. Fees are flexible depending on ability to pay.

TELL Outreach programs include: Exceptional Parenting Program lecture series, TELL Lifeline School Awareness Program, community events, and professional workshops for youth, parents, and educators.

Job Responsibilities: Range of opportunities depending on intern’s abilities and interests.

1:  TELL Counseling Office Internship

  • Assist with intake of clients seeking therapy
  • Receptionist for counseling office
  • Observe clinical staff meetings and case conferences
  • Research projects on mental health topics
  • TELL Lifeline training activities such as interviews and training material
  • Support outreach activities with youth, parents, and others.

    2:  TELL Office Internship

  • Gain experience and learn about the operations of a non-profit organization in the Japanese market
  • Business office administration and fundraising activities
  • Social media, marketing, and newsletter creation
  • The maintenance and development of TELL website
  • Community outreach programs such as school awareness visits

Location: Minami Aoyama, 8 min. walk from Omotesando Subway station

**PLEASE NOTE: During the summer, both outreach activities and counseling clients are reduced. Though interns will still have the chance to perform many of the duties listed above, they will also be helping to prepare for our main fundraising and awareness events of the year: the Tokyo Tower Climb in September and our fundraising Wine Auction in November.

QualificationsFluent English, both spoken and written. Spoken Japanese a plus.

@For counseling internship:   Either a) interest in psychology, social work or related field or b) enrollment in such a program.

@For TELL office internship:  Either a) interest in marketing, business, communications, or related field or b) enrollment in such a program.

Experience working in a related field, either volunteer or paid, a plus.

Number of Opening:  1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Five days a week, June 22 – August 14, 2020): We are open from 10-6 on weekdays, and internship hours will generally fall during this time. Outreach activities sometimes fall on evenings and weekends. These activities are optional, but if students elect to attend, they can take a corresponding numbers off at some other time during the week. We are flexible to having the student start earlier than June 10 or stay later than August 14, with advance agreement

Work Attire: Generally, casual is acceptable. However, we ask that students are clean and presentable, with office-appropriate attire (rather than beach or gym attire). If the student is going to be in a client or public-facing meeting, business casual attire is expected on that day.

Local Language: Japanese, but the office language is English.

Not required: Not required, but business level Japanese is a definite plus.

Additional desired intern qualifications: Fluency in languages other than Japanese or English is also appreciated. We serve the international community at large, and some of our clinic clients speak Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, etc. and we sometimes make website or promotional materials in other languages. A major in psychology, social work, or counseling is preferred. Related majors or majors having to do with working in the non-profit sector also considered.

City or Cities: 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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