Information subject to change. Contact with any questions. There will be an information session on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in Humanities 230.

Asia Internship Program – Japan

US Meat Export Federation

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is a nonprofit trade association working to create new opportunities and develop existing international markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. Headquartered in Denver, USMEF has offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Mexico City, Monterrey and Brussels. USMEF also has special market representatives covering China, the Middle East, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Through its worldwide network of offices, USMEF has forged a series of partnerships that have enabled U.S. companies and U.S. products to become integral parts of international red meat markets. An extensive international presence enables USMEF to have a finger on the pulse of vital markets around the world.

The Tokyo office is USMEF’s largest international office and was established nearly 40 years ago.  As a result, USMEF has longstanding and close ties with many key companies in the Japanese market, including importers/distributors, retail and foodservice chains, and processors. 

Job Description and Responsibilities (Subject to change)

  • Attend marketing and other meetings to gain an understanding of the organization and industry
  • Support the implementation of specific promotional activities/events
  • Conduct research or assist in the creation of written reports (topics could include trade/technical issues, strategies, or market updates)

Note:  Responsibilities will vary and be based on the successful applicant’s background and interests.


Program Dates: Thursday, June 15, 2017 through Monday, July 31, 2017

Work Dates: Monday, June 19 through Friday, July 28, 2017

Work Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

The USMEF office is located in central Tokyo in Minato Ward. Depending on dormitory location, students could have a commute upwards of 90 minutes each way.


Intern will be housed in a single room in a dormitory in Tokyo. The dormitory has a kitchen where students can prepare meals, shared bathrooms, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a mini-fridge in each room.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours by start of internship.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • At least two years of coursework in Japanese language (or equivalent) and conversational Japanese are required.
  • Interest in food business, agriculture, or marketing is preferred, but not required.

Course Credit

Interns will receive up to 6 credits in lieu of monetary compensation. (Credit available from Asian Studies or Leeds School of Business; subject to requirements of the student’s major and/or College.)


  • Students can apply for Buffs Abroad Scholarships, and may be able to use financial aid.
  • Scholarship support available through the Center for Asian Studies and the Leeds School of Business, limited to students who have applied for Buffs Abroad Scholarships.
  • Please visit the Study Abroad Website at for program costs and finances. (Enter Tokyo in the city field.)

Application Procedures

  • Applications are available on the Study Abroad website at  
  • In addition to the application form, students will need to provide a cover letter, resume, transcript, and statement of purpose.
  • Students may be interviewed by the supervisor prior to selection.
  • Application deadline is February 8, 2017 at 5 p.m.


  • Contact Steve Rose, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, with questions about application procedures or costs: or 303-492-2977.
  • Contact Danielle Rocheleau Salaz, Executive Director of the Center for Asian Studies, with questions about internship content or the Asia Internship Program - Japan: or 303-735-5312.