Vulcanus in Europe - host a Japanese trainee in R&D

August 19 2024 -> March 18 2025

A unique opportunity for EU companies to host Japanese S&T university students as interns for R&D


Vulcanus in Europe 2023 -2024:    Deadline over.

Internship Period: mid-AUG 2023 - mid-MAR 2024 (or mid-SEPT 2023 - mid-MAR 2024, depending on the company's national law)

Vulcanus in Europe 2024-2025:    Deadline to apply: 23 SEPT 2023

Internship Period: 19 AUG 2024 - 18-MAR 2025 (or 19 SEPT 2024 - 18 MAR 2025, depending on the company's national law)


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By taking part in Vulcanus, the company gets a Japanese perspective into its R&D projects, benefits from a valuable addition to its R&D team and is assisted in the development of its business with Japan, through establishing links for future cooperation.


The 'Vulcanus in Europe' programme offers EU companies an opportunity to host Japanese S&T university students as interns (*) in R&D for a 7-month period (or, 6-month in case of internships in France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Sweden).

'Vulcanus in Europe' is a 1-year programme, taking place in Europe and is divided into two main parts:

  • Language Training (4 months): Japanese students (your future interns) will arrive in Europe in April 2024 and attend an intensive language course for 4 months in order to gain a working knowledge of the EU language spoken in their future host company.
  • Internship (6 - 7 months): From mid-August 2024 (or mid-September, if requested by your national law) to mid-March 2025, your student(s) would join your company in order to work as interns.

(*) also called 'trainees' in the Vulcanus webpages







Jan Hedtstück, Head of Sales, Project Management & IT, Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH, Germany
Vulcanus in Europe 2022 supervisor

"For the last 6 months we've had the pleasure to host our Vulcanus student Ayaka Ohashi at our company. Due to her study background in Nuclear Engineering she did not need much time to work herself into the details of our remote handling solutions for the Nuclear Industry.

Ayaka's main focus was to support and independently work on projects related to the emerging field of Nuclear Fusion, mainly for the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project which is one of the biggest and most international infrastructure projects in world history. The work on her projects brought her together with customers from France, Spain and Japan. In addition to her work on the ITER projects Ayaka introduced Machine Learning concepts to our staff and has facilitated the process of possible integration of machine learning applications into our products.

It was the first time for our company participating in the Vulcanus program and it was an absolutely positive experience for us. We thank Ayaka for her contributions, her hard work and valuable input during her internship at our company and wish her all the best for her future endeavors."

Pedro Valente, Ph.D., Group Leader, R&D Modeling & PAT / Hovione (Portugal),
Vulcanus in Europe 2018/19 supervisor

"It was delightful for Hovione R&D to have the opportunity to participate in the Vulcanus program and to host Mr. Masahiro Nakai. It was impressive to see how quickly Nakai-san got a sufficient grasp of the Portuguese language to be able to communicate with other colleagues and co-workers. The great work capacity of Mr. Nakai and his methodical approach enabled a very successful internship and, in spite of noticeable cultural differences, it was remarkable to see him quickly integrate into the team and to bring a very positive work environment. Overall, it was an absolute pleasure to have worked with Mr. Nakai."

Ronald Reuter, Manager Raw Materials and Chemical Laboratory - R&D / TMD Friction Services GmbH  (Germany),
Vulcanus in Europe 2018/19 supervisor
"We were hosting Ayano Michibata in our department from August 2018 until March 2019. It was already the second time for us to host Japanese students from the Vulcanus programme. Ayano san has done her own research project provided made a valuable contribution for the group. Besides, we have used her skills in three languages to improve our communication with the contacts in our (Japanese) parent company. As with the previous students, we have greatly improved our understanding of the Japanese culture and we had lots of fun explaining some details of the German aspects of daily life.

For 2019, we have already accepted another student and are looking forward to gaining new insights into the Japanese mind and more valuable contributions to our work. Thanks to all the team at Vulcanus – you’re doing a great job”.

Takuma Sato, Tohoku University - Graduate School (major: physics)
Vulcanus in Europe participant (April 2019 - March 2020)
Host country: Germany
Host company: nextnano GmbH

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'Vulcanus in Europe' programme was launched in 1996 on the initiative of the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) with the purpose of contributing to the improvement and stimulation of industrial cooperation and of improving mutual understanding between Japan and the European Union. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is responsible for the actual organisation of the programme.


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