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[Closed] 2nd Call for application: 2017 summer internship in Tokyo


Preferred Networks will be organizing internship programs next summer in Tokyo. In order to make the process smooth for the students outside of Japan, we open an early bird application opportunity for the first time. We are looking forward to welcoming students who want to join us in creating new technologies and services. Note that similar programs will follow for the students both in & outside of Japan, also after this first call.

Target of this program

– Students outside of Japan

Work time & Location:

Business hours:
8 hours/day, 5 days/week (excluding national holidays)
Location: Center of Tokyo
Preferred Networks Tokyo office: Otemachi Bldg. 2F, 1-6-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-0004

Period & Compensation:

– The period of the internship can be flexibly arranged though it is usually held during July & August
– We require minimum of two month (40 business days), in order to be able to tackle a challenging task
– Interns are paid a competitive salary
– Residence and travel cost is to be provided


– Formally enrolled in university or research institute outside of Japan during 2017-2018 school year
– Fluent in English (or Japanese)
– Good programming skill (any programming language)
– Computer science basics
– Able to work full-time on weekdays at our Tokyo office during the period

Preferred experience & skills:

– Machine learning and deep learning basics
– Experience with software & service development
– Experience with team development
– Contribution to open source projects

Candide themes (subject to change)

1. Technology areas: Sub-field of machine learning, such as
Deep learning theory
Reinforcement learning
Computer vision
Parallel distributed learning
Weakly supervised learning
Transfer learning
Anomaly detection
Deep Generative Model
2. Application areas: Advanced IoT applications, such as
Image recognition
Robotics & machine control
Life science & medicine
Machine Learning Framework development (Incl. OSS such as Chainer)

(FYI) Projects of 2016 summer interns
DQN with Differentiable Memory Architectures
Multi-modal Deep Generative Model for Anomaly Detection
CNN based robotic grasping for randomly placed objects by human demonstration
Anomaly Detection by ADGM / LVAE
Imitation Learning for Autonomous Driving in TORCS
3D Volumetric Data Generation with Generative Adversarial Networks
Bayesian Dark Knowledge and Matrix Factorization
Automatically Fusing Functions on CuPy
Generation of 3D-avatar animation from latent representations
Response Summarizer: An Automatic Summarization System of Call Center Conversation
Product marketing in conversations

Application information:

– Resume / CV (PDF format only. Please DO NOT include any private information e.g. age, personal address, phone number, etc.)
– Name, e-mail address, affiliation
– Github account (optional)
– Linked.in account (optional)

How to apply:

– Please fill the google form. (Application is now closed and no e-mail application will be accepted)
Due: January 20th, 11:59pm Friday (PST)
– No late submission will be accepted
– The interview process takes about 2-4 weeks after application submission
– Usually, getting visa support in Japan takes up to 3 months so that the preparation must be done in advance of the internship period

Interview process:

1. Document review
2. Skype interviews in English or Japanese (multiple times if necessary)

If you have questions, please contact us at hr-pfn@preferred.jp (Sorry but no late application is accepted for fairness)


Contact us here.