Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Human Services/Social Work, Translation
Student Name: Linglan Guan
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: International Relations
Minor: None
Position Title: Education Consultant
Hours: 15 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, part-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I help Japanese and Chinese students applying to US colleges, perform translation, receive phone calls from Japanese parents, etc.

How did you find this internship?

Via Tufts Japanese instructors

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy practicing speaking and writing Japanese, understanding an international education environment, and most importantly I found lots of opportunities in other Japanese companies that are looking to expand their businesses in Boston. I had more understanding of international students’ living and academic situations. I really enjoyed working in Sakae's relatively small office with about 5 members who are all very passionate about helping international students!

What do you find challenging?

The time difference requires me to work intensively in the morning since it's night in Asia. I have to coordinate admission officers with students schedule and all other related school documents (I-20, insurance, application forms, home stay contacts..) making lots of phone call each day back and forth in English, Japanese and Chinese. The manners of working in these countries are very different and I have to change myself accordingly.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

I’m not sure if there is application deadline. Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for an education-related internship in Asia (China, Japan) or to practice your language skills!

About the Organization

Sakae Institute of Study Abroad
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Since 1972, Japanese students seeking to earn degrees from American educational institutions have turned to the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad (SISA) for guidance through the entire process. SISA is regarded as the premier quality-oriented academic placement and information service organization in Japan. Unlike other study abroad agents, whose primary job is placing students in US schools without proper research or follow up, 93% of students placed through SISA successfully receive their degrees in the United States. We maintain our standing by expertly evaluating applicants’ goals and abilities, and matching the student to the best-fit school. SISA provides ongoing support, called “After-care Service”, as the student adjusts to a new culture, language, and the rigors of academic life.