Motive for application:
My experience of living
in 2 different countries (The United States and
Japan) has made me become interested in international
business. The reason why I applied for this internship
program was because I wanted an experience through
interning at a trading firm before I started a
real job and learn about international business
and trading as well as how my strengths can be
utilized in real life business scenes.
Here, I had the chance to hear about
the company and the job I was assigned to do. I
also had a chance to talk to one of the interns.
After talking to one of the interns here, I became
all the more interested in this job.
I was assigned to do a presentation
at the interview. I talked to 3 interviewers on
the same day.
Before starting the actual work,
I went through a month long training through numbers
of workshops. I was overwhelmed by the amount of
information about logistics, marketing, and internet
skills, business manners and basic legal understanding
I needed to acquire. However, at the same time,
that made me all the more excited about putting
that knowledge into real work afterword.
My main task as a buyer at DMR was
importing products and sold it through DMR`s EC
platform. Every month, interns will be required
to meet a certain amount of profit, which will
serve as a goal for each month.
Researching items which can
be sold utilizing DMRs marketing tools and has
demand in the domestic market.
2. Negotiating with
Negotiating with the supplier
was the most interesting part of my DMR experience.
Your bargaining power will be tested.
Ordering the items is one of
the most difficult part as you need to order the
right amount of items.
You sell the items through DMRs
website, writing the details of the item and preparing
You will decide which advertising
method is best suited for the product.
6. Managing stocks:
There is a certain requirement
of how much money worth of stocks you can keep
in the storage.
The corporate culture is very
open to diversity and innovative opinions. As interns
will be attending the meetings and will be required
to give opinions on several projects, the more
logical your opinions are, the better. However,
interns may be required to have some understanding
of Japanese since the meetings and discussions
will be conducted in Japanese.
What I learned:
What I learned through the internship
at DMR in addition to hard skills such as IT skills,
logistics and marketing, is the sense of responsibility
and the significance of self-motivation. Interns
will be treating a large amount of companies finance
in their importing process. The sense of responsibility
has pushed my sales volume to nearly 1,000,000yen.
In addition to the monthly operations (buying goods
from overseas), DMRs liberated corporate culture
will give you the chance to test your strengths
through contributing to the company and other staff
members. For me, by negotiating with the suppliers,
I was able to learn about negotiating and improve
my bargaining skills. Other interns have been involved
in the management of corporate finance. What is
unique about DMR is that, unlike the traditional
Japanese hierarchical structure of large companies,
DMR has a very flat organization, so your decisions
will not be limited by your age or position. It
just depends on how motivated you are.