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Host Organization: TELL


Organization Profile:  Certified non-profit in Japan for suicide prevention and mental health care in the international community. We have about a dozen staff and a few dozen licensed therapists and clinicians working with us.

City: Tokyo, Japan

Internship format:   Virtual/Remote (same or similar time zone) or In-person (pending Stanford, host country, and host organization travel policies)

Internship Department: Outreach or clinic

Department Profile: Outreach does community programs and mental health awareness, while the clinic looks after client mental health on a one-to-one or small group basis. Clinic interns are limited to those pursuing studies in psychology or social work or related.

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.

Number of Opening:    1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 

20 –August 12, 2022):   Full time, Five days a week.

Work Attire: Casual unless meeting with clients in which case business casual

Local Language: Japanese

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

Qualifications:  Fluent 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.

United States of America (Stanford off-campus)
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  • You need to log in with your SUNet ID at the upper right corner on the application platform before you can start the application process. 

  • Preference is given to undergraduate students majoring in East Asian Studies.

  • For summer 2022, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking airfare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.

  • Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.

  • Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.

  • International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or abroad in the summer. 

  • The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors and coterm students are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible. 

  • Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Graduating 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 quarter prior to the internship. 

  • Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks. 

  • To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.

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 positions within the program. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify any award before or during the internship for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, or compliance with the University travel policy at

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

If you have ANY questions, please email Please also see FAQ.

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