Automative Technology internship in Japan, International students, Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation



Building Tokyo’s hottest supercars

Participants enrolled in the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation Charitable Trust (TGECCT) automotive technology internship program (ATIP) are given the opportunity to earn academic credit while enrolled in an unpaid internship, assembling Tokyo’s hottest supercars, for charitable purposes.  This internship experience serves as an experiential learning activity that is designed to help learners apply academically learned concepts, theories, principles, and skills in an automotive workshop setting.  Participants will have opportunities to gain additional knowledge, expertise, and experience, while allowing the internship provider the opportunity to develop potential future projects.

The program’s weekly “field trips,” from specialty junkyards on the outskirts of the Kanto Plain that cater to wrecked racing cars, to tours of the hottest custom auto shops in the Tokyo area, ensure that any participant will know how to construct a powerful supercar in the world’s largest metropolitan area, from scratch.

Though completed projects must remain the Corporation’s property until auctioned, verifying projects’ top speeds in a controlled (race track) setting is an integral part of the research process, and all participants are guaranteed individual opportunities to operate their projects in such settings.  Supervised street use can be made available to licensed participants. 

Whether you’d like to know whether there are enough like-new pieces of Lamborghini Diablos, scattered around Tokyo like a Zelda video game, to enable construction of a fully-operational chimera, or whether you’d like to use the latest, cutting-edge automotive technology to find new and improved ways of causing observers to gawk in awe, this prospective program may be exactly what you’re seeking.

To participate in the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation Charitable Trust (TGECCT) automotive technology internship program (ATIP), the following must be fully understood:

1. The applicant has read and fully understands the following information, the internship syllabus, and all expectations.

2. A TGECCT Form 15, Internship Placement Agreement, must be completed prior to enrolling in the class and sent to the ATIP coordinator.  Forms may be requested from TGECCT Public Affairs.

3. Internship participants work must have emergency health-insurance coverage. Questions regarding student insurance must be directed to academic institutions awarding academic credit.

4. Grades will be determined via the following:

Logbook entries: A brief log of internship-participant activities for each day of the internship period is required.  All logbook entries for each week must be submitted to the ATIP coordinator before the end of operation hours on the last operation day of the week, in portable digital format (PDF), using the following naming scheme: TGECCTnumber_Name_Name_Logbook Entry ## MONTH YEAR.  Naming example: A12345_Godzilla_Logbook Entry 06 JAN 2020.pdf.  It is the internship participant’s responsibility to maintain electronic backup copies of all logbook entries, and to present all entries as a single PDF document at the end of the internship. Failure to maintain timely logbook entries can result in lower recommended final grades.  A sample logbook entry is located here, and a blank form is here.

Workshop supervisor evaluations: A separate evaluation is required at the end of each calendar month of the internship period.  The evaluation form will be completed by the internship participant’s assigned supervisor (as indicated on the Form 15) and returned to the ATIP coordinator, when complete.  It is the internship participant’s responsibility to ensure that the supervisor receives the evaluation form for completion.  A blank evaluation form is available here.  Internship participants should communicate with their supervisors when the end of each calendar month approaches and present evaluation forms.  Again, it is the internship participant’s responsibility to give an evaluation form to one’s supervisor.  Please, notify the ATIP coordinator of any additional evaluation criteria not provided on the form.  Workshop supervisors are free to implement any additional control necessary, to ensure maximum safety, and participants must be evaluated, in writing, for each criterion.

Final report: A three- to four-page single-spaced report covering the nature of the internship participant’s assignment and how the experience helped in obtaining one’s learning objectives is required toward the conclusion of the internship period.  Such reports should focus on one or two major points of knowledge gained during the internship period.  The final report is to be e-mailed to the ATIP coordinator prior to the beginning of the last week of the internship period.  It will be graded using the final report grading rubric, which is located here.

The complete logbook (all entries as a single document) and the final report must be e-mailed to the ATIP coordinator prior to the beginning of the last week of the academic period, to be included in any grade calculations.

5. The ATIP coordinator will contact the student and the student’s academic supervisor during the internship period, to assess the student’s progress.  This requires the student to keep the ATIP coordinator informed of any changes as the internship progresses, such as changes in supervisors, additional workshop duties, new telephone number, et cetera.

Internship participant responsibilities:

Request and complete an application package.

Ensure health-insurance coverage during internship period.

Keep ATIP coordinator informed of progress and changes.

Present evaluation form to supervisor for completion at the end of each month.

Send each week’s daily logbook entries to ATIP coordinator at the end of each week.

Send final report to ATIP coordinator before beginning the final week of the semester.

U.S.A. military veterans considering applying for ATIP are encouraged to read this.

NOTE: The TGECCT automotive technology internship program is distinctly different from the TGECCT automotive engineering design team.  Automotive technology, in TGECCT’s case, involves learning how to construct supercars–and doing it, with one new street-legal TGECCT supercar, every six months.  TGECCT automotive engineering, on the other hand, involves creating theoretical designs of transportation means, not constructing them, and presenting the designs in an academic publication.  In either case, academic credit can be awarded.

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