Intern with Us
Gain experience at one of Japan’s largest NGOs
The Ashinaga Internship Program began in 2013 as an English-teaching program for students in Japan and Uganda. It enabled interns to develop the problem-solving skills and adaptability needed to succeed in multicultural environments. Since then, our program has grown to encompass a variety of departments and functions. Interns now have the ability to choose between a number of different fields within the organization.
We hope that by tapping the minds of intellectuals from around the world, we’ll transform Ashinaga into a truly inclusive and international NGO. To date, we have had interns from more than 75 global universities in several dozen countries. We invite you to join us on our journey!
The Ashinaga Internship Program is divided into two main periods (varies by location):
- Summer (late June to mid-September), primarily aimed at current undergraduates
- Autumn (late September to early December), primarily aimed at final-year undergraduates (seniors), postgraduate students, and recent graduates
- Winter (mid-January to mid-March), primarily aimed at undergraduates in countries with vacations during this term, as well as postgraduates and recent graduates
- Ashinaga Japan, Tokyo, Kobe
- Ashinaga Uganda, Kampala
- Ashinaga Senegal, Dakar
- Ashinaga USA, Washington D.C.
- Ashinaga UK, London
- Ashinaga France, Paris
While working as an intern in Japan, you will have the opportunity to be placed in either Tokyo or Kobe. Interns will be required to come to headquarters four to five times per week, and will work under a team supervisor. In addition, they will live in either our Tokyo Kokoro-Juku or Kobe Kokoro-Juku, where they will be able to foster invaluable relationships with Ashinaga scholars. In addition to general team-based projects, interns will participate in our Tohoku program. This program will allow interns to visit our Sendai facility, tour areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, and hear testimonials from those affected.
Education Support team
Education Support interns will provide educational support to Ashinaga students by organizing group activities to foster friendships and global understanding. Other services will include providing language lessons, participating in Ashinaga’s Rainbow House program, and putting on workshops. Interns will learn how to increase Ashinaga students’ interest in foreign education while sharpening their own entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
Media interns will produce materials and visual media that introduce Ashinaga’s activities to international audiences. You will learn how to propel an organization to the global forefront using various skills such as photography, filming, and social media platforms.
The translation team will be expected to translate documents for Ashinaga’s global activities, website, and promotional materials into English, French, and Portuguese. You will also provide interpretation services for fellow interns, Ashinaga staff, and partners. By the end of the program, translation team members will learn how to provide adequate translation and interpretation services in a global business environment.
Fundraising and Marketing team
Fundraising and Marketing team members will research successful fundraising strategies employed by other international NGOs, and produce ideas on how Ashinaga may incorporate them into our own marketing plans. In addition, you will work with the media team to produce promotional materials and online content that is attractive to new international donors. Interns also learn how to leverage Ashinaga’s existing international network for the betterment of the organization.
Student Relations team
Student Relations interns will provide support to Ashinaga’s international students. They will produce and maintain a “Guide to Japan,” which will cover essential information such as legal procedures, medical fees, and emergency procedures, as well as general tips for living in Japan. The interns will learn how to enhance Ashinaga scholars’ understanding of Japan and help scholars settle into life in a new environment. In addition, interns will produce and translate a “Guide to Shukatsu (job-hunting) in Japan.” Other tasks will be to improve the “Guide to Japan” by adding more information and making it more user friendly.
Research & Development team
Research & Development interns will conduct research and analysis on Sub-Saharan Africa’s professional / business landscape, in addition to supporting Ashinaga’s regional offices in Uganda and Senegal with their research requirements. Sample tasks include: gathering data and creating reports on different industry trends and developments; determining the social impact or sustainability of specific organizations and employers; and highlighting business and entrepreneur funding opportunities for our scholars.
Interns working with Ashinaga in Uganda have the unique opportunity to mentor and teach more than 20 very gifted students, each from a different country in Sub-Saharan Africa. These students are ambitious high school graduates, selected by Ashinaga to receive a full scholarship for a university degree abroad. The students have been specifically chosen due to their family needs and potential for leadership.
The students join us twice in Uganda, once for Study Camp (July–December of their application year) and once for Preparation Camp (May–June of the following year) before departing for their universities. Study Camp focuses on the university application process and the academic preparation needed to prepare for university. Interns (one summer cohort and one autumn cohort) provide academic tutoring in a range of subjects, based on their own knowledge. Additionally, they share research, study, and career options suited to each student’s goals. Uganda interns provide one-on-one mentoring to support students through the university application process. During Preparation Camp, the academic program enforces students’ university readiness, aiming to ensure the students will succeed at university. There is also cultural preparation, and interns once again work one-on-one with students to support them in applying for visas.
No matter which internship you are part of, the process is enriching—both for students and interns. Classes, extra-curricular activities, and friendships build self-confidence, leadership potential, and cross-cultural understanding.
We are looking for capable and committed interns from a range of subject backgrounds: sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The best interns are ready to learn as well as teach, work well in a team and have strong leadership abilities. Interns work from Monday to Friday, and occasionally Saturday mornings, at our facility just outside of Uganda’s capital. Accommodation is provided nearby, and Ashinaga can cover the cost of visas, yellow fever vaccinations, travel insurance, anti-malarial medication and roundtrip flights. A stipend covering basic living costs is also provided.
An internship with Ashinaga Uganda will improve teaching skills, but more than that, it will also be a chance to review and solidify your own understanding of your subject, be challenged to think in new ways, and collaborate with perhaps the most international group of students and interns you could ever find.
Ashinaga Senegal welcomes bilingual interns speaking French and English to participate in its internship program based in Dakar. With internship durations ranging between two and six months, interns are given the opportunity to play an integral role in Ashinaga Senegal’s diverse range of activities.
All interns are given the opportunity to work on research and practice-based projects in support of Ashinaga Senegal’s activities, with the internship program principally focusing on finding a team of interns to mentor and teach ambitious students selected from across francophone Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.
These students, participating in our francophone study camp, spend five months in Dakar preparing to study at and applying for universities in France, Belgium, and francophone Canada, while also developing the skills, self confidence and ambition necessary to return to their home countries as experts in their respective fields.
As part of this process, interns are principally tasked with developing and teaching an academic curriculum, coordinating extracurricular leadership activities, and providing support and guidance during the university application process through individual mentoring sessions with students.
Additionally, interns could be asked to participate in Ashinaga Senegal’s networking activities as we seek to raise awareness and develop links with organisations in Dakar and across francophone Africa.
Interns are expected to work in varied roles within Ashinaga Senegal, and we are therefore looking for dedicated, versatile, and capable applicants from a range of academic and cultural backgrounds. All interns should be fluent French and English speakers, with a good understanding of either the French, Belgian, or Canadian higher education systems being highly advantageous.
Interns work from Monday to Friday in our office in the heart of Dakar, with accommodation, weekday breakfast and lunch, flights, yellow fever vaccination and anti-malarial medication all provided by Ashinaga. In addition, a small weekly stipend covers basic living costs.
An internship with Ashinaga Senegal is an incredible opportunity to work with and have a direct impact on the lives of the young people we support. Working as part of a dynamic team with real-world responsibilities provides ample opportunities for both professional and personal development in an exciting international environment.
Opportunities in other cities
Ashinaga occasionally has internship opportunities in London, Paris, and Washington D.C. These will be posted on an as-needed basis.
|UK||University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, SOAS University of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham|
|France||Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies)|
|Italy||Bocconi University, University of Bologna|
|US||Princeton University, Vassar College|
|Philippines||University of the Philippines|
|Hong Kong||Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)|
|Singapore||National University of Singapore (NUS)|
If your university is currently not on the list, please have them contact us for further information on how to become part of our internship program.
How to apply
- Applicants from partner universities should apply through their university’s career services office.
- Other applicants may apply through our application link, posted when the recruitment process begins.
- Current university student at the time of application preferred.
- Candidates must be able to work in English.
- Proficiency in Japanese, French, or Portuguese is advantageous, but not essential.
- Specific requirements for each role are outlined in the role descriptions.
Ashinaga respects and promotes diversity within its workforce, so we highly encourage applicants from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.
“Interning with Ashinaga’s Student Support team was fundamental in applying the opportunities I am fortunate to have had as an undergraduate at Vassar College to the real world. Ashinaga, as an international organization, promotes equality for people who have experienced hardships in their lives. Over a summer, I assisted Ashinaga with their programming in Japan, as well as developed formative relationships with scholarship recipients my age. Ashinaga has inspired me to become a stronger leader and a more globally conscious individual.”
Claire, Vassar College, 2015
“This internship has both confirmed and challenged my career goals. As I expected, it is extremely rewarding to work with a non-profit organization such as Ashinaga; but it is also tough work, with no guarantee of success—especially when in the midst of an experimental expansive stage, as Ashinaga is in now!”
Kitty, University of Oxford, 2014
“Never would I have thought that this internship would be able to fill the void that was in my heart as much as it has. I am an orphan, but a stronger orphan because of you.”
Michael, University of California San Diego, 2013