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Creating Tokyo’s hottest costumes

Participants enrolled in the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation Charitable Trust (TGECCT) cosplay internship program (CPIP) are given the opportunity to earn academic credit while enrolled in an unpaid internship, creating Tokyo’s hottest costumes, 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 a costume 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 shops that litter the world’s largest metropolitan area, to tours of the hottest cosplay events on the planet, ensure that any participant will know how to construct award-winning costumes in Tokyo from scratch.

Whether you’d like to know whether there are enough like-new pieces of Xenomorph XX121, scattered around Tokyo like a Zelda video game, to enable construction of a fully-operational costume, or whether you’d like to use the latest, cutting-edge fashion-construction techniques to find new and improved ways of causing spectators 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) cosplay internship program (CPIP), 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 CPIP 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 CPIP 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 CPIP 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 CPIP 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 CPIP coordinator prior to the beginning of the last week of the academic period, to be included in any grade calculations.

5. The CPIP 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 CPIP 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 CPIP 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 CPIP coordinator at the end of each week.

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

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

NOTE 1: Prospective internship participants that are not majoring in fashion design or costume design, yet major in sociology, anthropology, speech communication, theater, or similar fields, are welcome to enroll in CPIP, and study cosplay performativity, via a critical ethnography lens (for example).  However, instead of costumes as outcomes, such participants must author works suitable for journal publication in the participants’ fields of study, such as this example.

NOTE 2: Yes, that’s the Corporation’s president in the above image.

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