Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

Empowering Japanese students to address social challenges and strengthen civil society through teamwork and skills development.

Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is an intensive, two-week program designed for Japanese students with an interest in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange, and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social challenges.

The program is a partnership between The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in Washington, D.C. and the U.S.-Japan Council and is administered by TWC. The program is funded solely by Morgan Stanley through the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative. Between 2014 and 2016, prior to establishing the Ambassadors Program, Morgan Stanley joined with the Fund for Exchanges sponsors (Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd.) to support phase one of this program.


To be eligible for this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students (first- and second-year students preferred).
  • Students from all majors may apply. 
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a university during the program. Applicants who are studying abroad during the dates of the program are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have Japanese citizenship.
  • Applicants must have a current passport.

Program Components

During this two-week seminar, you will take part in lectures, workshops, panel discussions and site visits. You'll engage with experts on civil society, build cross-sector partnerships and explore how to address social challenges. You'll work closely with other team members from Japan and the U.S. to identify an on-going social challenge in Japan. Leveraging what you have learned, you will develop a project to address that challenge and present it at the end of the seminar.

You will also develop key global skills like cross-cultural understanding, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and networking.

Program Cost

This is a fully-funded seminar sponsored by Morgan Stanley through the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative. Sponsorship covers the cost of the seminar, housing, transportation, most meals and basic health insurance. You will need spending money for incidental items or snacks (estimated $50 per week).

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Housing and Living

While in Washington, D.C., participants stay at a hotel in the Logan Circle neighborhood, home to some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, stores and a short walk from the White House and other Washington landmarks.


You will be staying at the Homewood Suites just off of Scott Circle on Massachusetts Ave NW; just a five-minute walk from The Washington Center Headquarters, where most seminar sessions and activities will take place.

What to Pack

Please bring the following:

  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • business professional attire for seminar sessions and site visits
  • small folding umbrella
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • athletic attire and shoes for team-building retreat
  • notebook and pens

Student Services

TWC staff will be available to make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. Our disability services staff ensures that every participant has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

There is no academic credit available for this seminar.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
  • Announcement of Finalists: November 14, 2019
  • Depart for Washington, D.C.: February 29, 2020
  • Orientation: March 1, 2020
  • Seminar Begins: March 2, 2020
  • Seminar Ends: March 13, 2020
  • Depart for Tokyo: March 14, 2020
  • Debrief at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo: March 16, 2020

How to Apply

The application window for the 2020 Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is not yet open. Please check back later this summer. 

If you would like to learn more about The Washington Center and our programs, please submit a Request For Information below.

Request for Information

Application Documents

You'll need to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Statement of Purpose (in English)
  • Resumé (in English)

Program Partners

About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan. Born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The initiative seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.  Visit the TOMODACHI Initiative for more information.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. Visit Morgan Stanley for more information.


What does the seminar schedule look like?

Week 1: 

  • Monday–Friday: You'll spend most of your time in workshops to help understanding the concept and role of civil society
  • Saturday–Sunday: You'll take part in a weekend retreat which aims to enhance your leadership, teamwork and communication skills through a fun, outdoor adventure course and project development

Week 2:

  • Monday–Thursday: You'll hear from and interact with speakers from organizations operating within the civil society framework 
  • Friday: You'll present your civil society team project to a panel of leaders who serve as project judges to select a winning project team based on a variety of criteria including innovation and feasibility


You can view TWC's Internship Policies here, which includes information on student conduct, billing, grades, and much more. All students will be expected to follow these policies so we encourage you to review them.