Matthew Schauer

Who are you?

Matthew Schauer, Senior, Computer Science 

Who is your employer?

NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone)
Atsugi, Japan

How did you learn about your internship?

Job posting on CareerBuzz 

What was the application process like?

Online submission of resume and cover letter, plus non-technical phone interview. The interviewer's accent made things more difficult to understand, so make sure you're in a quiet place with good reception! 

What were your major tasks or projects at this internship?

Programming C++ for image search research.

Do you have any recommendations for Georgia Tech students looking to intern in the same company or country?

Japanese language proficiency is not necessary for work, but helpful in day-to-day life. Formal dress is only expected at presentations. Depending on the sort of research you are doing, you may find yourself with a lot of free time at work. Work and personal lives are strongly separated here, so if you want friends you will likely need to find them elsewhere.

Where did you live? Did you find accomodations independently or with your company's help?

Subsidized housing is provided by the company. 

If paid, did the company you worked for pay you enough to live off of your salary or stipend, or did you have to supplement your income with personal funds?

Pay was sufficient for living expenses, light vacations, and saving up money to take home.