SIT is now accepting applications for International Highschool Internship Program (IHIP) 2019
How to Apply
1. Check your eligibility
The student must be 16 years or older and have completed all coursework required for Grade 10.
The minimum non-cumulative Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale) requirement is 3.2 or equivalent.
2. Prepare your documents
a. A signed Cover Letter that states your interest in the Internship Program
b. A Letter of Reference from your teacher (STEM subject teachers are ideal but we accept letters from those teaching non-science subjects as well)
c. An official High School Transcript (9th and 10th grades)
d. A Personal Statement with a brief self-introduction, your interest and experience (if any) in science, engineering or biomedical research as well as your future career aspirations. Be creative!
3. Send your application packages to the address below:
Prof. Dr. Miryala Muralidhar
Deputy President and Program Director
2018 Summer Internship Program
Shibaura Institute of Technology
3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku
About International High School Internship Program (IHIP)
Every summer, Shibaura Institute of Technology offers research internship opportunities to high school juniors and seniors with the aim of expanding their learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom. Our main goal is to inspire students to not only embrace science and engineering as a career choice, but also to encourage them to step further to scientific studies and build up an academic career. This offer may be a good opportunity to get in touch with different cultures, to meet and work with students from various international schools. We hope that our offer will attract young people with diverse backgrounds from local international high schools around the Tokyo area.
Internships are open to high school seniors, those who completed the 10th and 11th standards and are planning to enter the University within one or two years. During the summer, each student will spend two weeks working in one of the research laboratories at Shibaura Institute of Technology (Toyosu campus or Omiya campus).
We offer research opportunities in the following areas: materials and chemistry, mechanics, life sciences, electricity, electronics, information, construction, mathematical sciences, and design. The students are expected to spend 30 hours per week on the chosen program, under the guidance of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. A certificate will be given to each student upon his/her successful completion of the program.
My experience at SIT was an amazing one. Being an intern at the Department of Material Science and Engineering was an eye-opener to the kind of college course I wanted to major in. Throughout the two-week internship, I obtained tons of lab experience with different instruments and machines I had never heard of and never would've touched in my school. The professors, college students, and friends I collaborated with made the experience ten times better. Overall, I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who's interested in gaining lab experience for their potential future in a science field.
My experience at SIT was far from my expectations. In all honesty, I came in expecting a rather boring experience in an old Japanese university just doing mundane tasks. In regards to that expectation, first off, the facilities at SIT were far from what I imagined Japanese universities to be like. SIT's Toyosu campus is very modern and incredibly equipped with tools readily available to those attending the internship. To follow up, instead of just doing boring tasks of writing like I expected, my department allowed me and my partner to start lab work instantly as well as use things such as scanning electron microscopes mostly independently. Because of all of this, overall, my experience at SIT was very enjoyable. The program treated me with the respect that allowed freedom in undertakings. Even further, getting to meet everyone was very fun. Not only did I bond with the graduate students in my lab department, but I also made some new friends of my age. I would like to thank Professor Miryala as well as President Murakami for setting up this valuable internship and making available to international highschoolers in Tokyo.
The two week internship program at SIT has given me a firsthand exposure to college education and environment. I have interned with the Mechanical Engineering Department and focused on Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV). The initial days were tough to follow and I had some anxious moments. My tutors who are also the current students of SIT and the Professor were always available for any clarifications that I had. Their guidance was valuable to understand the concepts which greatly helped me to prepare my final report. Overall it was an enriching experience at SIT and I hope I will have an opportunity to study in future at this esteemed institution.
It is nearly unbelievable that this experience carried no charge. What I gained everyday was worth a thousand textbooks. Not only was I provided with exposure to university-level research, but I also gained thorough familiarity with the importance of failure and persistence through any process. The extensive range of equipment that I was given access to and the kind guidance by undergraduate and graduate students that I received put many of my future ambitions on track. It has become an unforgettable memory, and I genuinely recommend it to all students!”