As an intern at the Swedish Embassy, I was charged with helping the business consultants on their projects, including doing market analysis, attending events, joining business meetings with clients, etc. On a broader scale, the task is to help Swedish businesses reach out with their products, services, and ideas in Japan and help SMEs to grow globally. Vice versa, the job also includes attracting Japanese direct investments to Sweden, e.g. new establishments, capital investments, or business cooperation within R&D projects.
Experiencing Japanese business culture in real life is quite different than in a classroom, and working and networking directly with top management of companies and organizations has opened many new doors and opportunities for me.