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JIP Participation Prerequisites (all students)

Applicants must...

  • Be a current Caltech undergraduate or graduate students who will return to Caltech the following year
    • Ideally sophomores and juniors
  • Have an outstanding academic background
  • Have basic knowledge of Japanese culture and language 

JIP Application Process and Forms

1. Preliminary Application // Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019

(a) Preliminary application form (available here), complete it, and submit via email or print a hard-copy.

2. Supplemental Materials // Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

Undergraduate Students:

(b) Resume (with your birth date and nationality)
(c) Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
(d) List of classes taken to date at Caltech, including current (and future) for this school year. Please include course number/name and when it was taken. Example: En 118 - Classical Mythology - Spring 2016
(e) Recommendation letter from an option or SURF advisor

Graduate Students Only (Japanese language requirement may be waived):

(b) Resume (with your birth date and nationality). Make sure to list all working (research) experiences with details. Resume can be more than a page.
(c) Transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Your undergraduate transcript is not needed; only the transcript from Caltech.
(d)  List of classes taken to date at Caltech, including current (and future) for this school year. Additionally, must include undergraduate courses that is relevant to both your undergraduate and current fields. If you have taken any Japanese language classes, please list them as well
(e) Obtain a letter of recommendation on letterhead from your graduate advisor
(f) Please include course number/name and when it was taken. Example: En 118 - Classical Mythology - Spring 2016
(g) Graduate advisor must fill out the JIP Graduate Student Endorsement Form

Submit application packet and recommendation letter to cecilial@caltech.edu or mail to:

Cecilia Lu
Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
1200 E. California Blvd.
Mail Code 101-40
Pasadena, CA, 91125


We strongly recommend you start working on your resume immediately.

  • The Career Development Center is available to review your resumes.
    • Check their website (https://www.career.caltech.edu/) to see the current walk-in counseling hours.
  • Draft your resume, then go to the CDC.
    • Staff members will provide you with feedback and finishing touches.

Download your Unofficial Transcript online through REGIS

List of classes taken at Caltech, including those you plan to take through spring 2018

  • Include your name and option at the top of the page.
  • List all classes you've taken at Caltech to date (include your current classes).
  • Also include what you expect to enroll in for the remainder of the year - Winter/Spring 2018 (we understand plans may change).

Recommendation letter from an advisor

  • Ask your advisor if they are able to write you a letter of recommendation.
  • Make sure to give your advisor at least two weeks' notice before the deadline.
  • Recommendations are important—if you wait until the last minute to ask for one, your advisor might be disgruntled while writing it, which won't work in your favor.

3. Campus Interviews: Mid-November

Caltech faculty and staff interview students to select the participants.

4. Interns' resumes, including list of courses, are sent to companies in Japan: November

5. Internship positions are offered to students: December / January

a. Once you are offered a summer internship position, you will send a letter to your host company to accept the offer. Please note: Students cannot withdraw from JIP after sending their acceptance letter.
b. Apply for passport. [If you already have one, please check that it will be valid through December 2019.]
c. Apply for visa [Details will be given at meetings.]
d. Finally, you should contact your host company to prepare for the internship, summer research projects, and upcoming travel.