Intern with Us

Gain experience at one of Japan’s largest NGOs



Our Japan-based interns work a variety of different teams at our HQ in Tokyo or our Tokyo or Kobe Kokorojuku dormitories. Interns work five times a week and are guided through their projects by a dedicated team supervisor, simultaneously gaining transferable skills and an insight into working at an international NGO.

Interns live in the Tokyo Kokoro-Juku or Kobe Kokoro-Juku dormitories, where they can see the real-world impact their work has whilst fostering invaluable relationships with Ashinaga scholars from Japan and sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to general team-based projects, interns will participate in our Tohoku program. This program will allow interns to visit our Sendai Rainbow House facility, tour areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, hear testimonials from those affected and see the reconstruction efforts in the region first-hand.

Learn more about Tohoku and the Rainbow Houses

Term Dates:

  • Summer: June 24 – September 6, 2019
  • Autumn: September 30 – December 6, 2019
  • Winter: January 13 – March 20, 2020

Deadlines for Applications:

  • Summer: March 1, 2019
  • Autumn: July 1, 2019
  • Winter: October 1, 2019




Intern Teams in Japan (for more details and job descriptions please check the application form)

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.

Learn more about the Ashinaga Rainbow House

Translation team

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.

Student Relations team

Student Relations interns will provide support to Ashinaga’s international students. They 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.


The PND Team works on developing Ashinaga’s network worldwide (with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa) and providing the Ashinaga Africa Initiative scholars with the training and resources they need to contribute positively to their communities, countries, and continent. PND interns conduct research on prospective industries and job opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and work with PND team members to develop and maintain relationships with potential and existing partners.


The Ashinaga African Initiative (AAI) aims to contribute to Sub Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development by improving access to higher education abroad to orphans. Interns working with Ashinaga in Uganda have the unique opportunity to mentor and teach more than 20 very gifted AAI 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 because they have lost one or both of their parents and have shown potential for leadership.

Successful candidates from across Sub-Saharan Africa travel to Uganda to participate in a program designed to prepare them for studying and living abroad. This preparation begins with a Study Camp (July to December), following which the candidates travel home before returning to Uganda to undergo Preparation Camp (May-June). The three core goals which underpin both camps are:

  1. Enhancing academic performance,
  2. Applying and gaining entry into university
  3. Develop core leadership skills.

Intern Expectations

As an intern for Ashinaga Uganda, your primary responsibility will be teaching, including planning your lessons, in accordance with our curriculum. The lessons you teach will be based around the preferences indicated in your application and during your interview, although you may be asked to teach additional subjects, relevant to our students, such as Study Skills or Practical Writing. Your working hours will be 8:45am-5pm, with lunch from 1pm-2pm. You can expect to teach between 10-16 lessons/hours per week with the rest of the time allocated to lesson planning and student interaction.

For interns during Study Camp (Cohorts 1 and 2) a key factor to consider when teaching, is preparing candidates for standardized international entrance exams, such as SAT, IELTS and SAT II’s.

Depending on your nationality, or your country of study, interns also assist the Program Coordinators in the candidates’ application processes. During Prep Camp this will revolve around creating informative sessions which introduce, in detail, practical, cultural and historical aspects of each destination country; as well as interview preparation, where necessary.

Interns during Study Camp can expect to be more involved with the university application process itself. Under the supervision of the Camp Team, interns will assist and guide students through researching (Cohort 1) and applying (Cohort 2) to university and, where appropriate, offer advice on things such as personal statements and essays.


For detailed requirements, please check the application form.

Learn more about Ashinaga’s activities in Uganda

Term Dates:

  • Preparation Camp: April 26th – June 29th,2019
  • Study Camp-Cohort 1: July 2nd – August 30th, 2019
  • Study Camp-Cohort 2: August 23rd – December 9th, 2019

Deadlines for Applications:

  • Preparation Camp: January 31, 2019
  • Study Camp-Cohort 1: February 28, 2019
  • Study Camp-Cohort 2: May 31, 2019

*For Lusophone applications, please check the Lusophone application form for specific details regarding the Lusophone internship program.

English Application Form (Uganda)

Portuguese Application Form (Uganda)


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 four 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 each selected from a different country in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa and dedicated to have a positive impact in their community of origin after their studies.

The Ashinaga students participating in our francophone study camp spend four months in Dakar preparing to study at and applying for universities in France, Belgium, and francophone Canada, while also developing the leadership 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 and flights. 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.

Learn more about Ashinaga’s activities in Senegal 

Full Description and How to Apply

Deadline: August 1st, 2018

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.

Participating universities

UK University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham
 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)

Opportunities will also be available to students and recent graduates from other universities. When such opportunities arise, information will be posted here and on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Application Process

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

Internship Program application forms for Japan and Uganda are released in late November. You may check our website for updates.


Are applicants from non-partner universities allowed to apply?

Yes, all current university students and recent graduates are allowed to apply for our internship program.


Are program dates flexible? What is the minimum internship period?

In general, our program is fairly flexible; however, as a minimum, we require that interns complete an 8-week internship and duration flexibility will vary by each location and team supervisor. Please list your availability on your application form and speak with your interviewer directly about your concerns.


I have school and won’t be available to intern during the listed time periods. Is there any other way I can become involved with Ashinaga?

Yes, we offer a number of volunteer opportunities. To learn more you can submit your email address on our website, under “Support Us” and “Volunteer with Us”.


Do I have to speak Japanese to intern in Japan?

Language proficiency requirements vary by team; however, most of our teams do not require interns to speak Japanese. Team requirements can be found on the application form.


I don’t have a certificate to prove my language proficiency. May I still apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply. On your application form, select the level that best matches your current proficiency. We will check your language proficiency skills during the interview process.


The application form won’t load for me. Is there any other way I can apply?

Unfortunately, we do not accept applications outside of our application form. We recommend using a different browser or reloading the page.


When will application results be released?

While we’re not able to reach out to every applicant, our recruiting team will contact you if your skills and experience are a strong match for the role. Results can be expected within two months following the application deadline.


May I apply to multiple locations and terms?

All applicants are eligible to apply to multiple internship program locations. You may also select the term or terms (Summer, Fall, Prep Camp, etc.) that best match your availability.


I submitted an application last year. Do I have to submit a new application this year?

Yes, if you would like to apply again, you have to submit a new application for the new application year.


If I already have housing near the internship location, do I need to stay in Ashinaga provided accommodation?

Depending on the team you’re in, it is not necessary for you to stay in Ashinaga provided accommodation; however, free meals (which are provided in our dormitories only) can not be substituted for monetary value.


What expenses do interns have to cover?

Program benefits vary by location and can be checked on our application forms; however, as a minimum, all locations provide interns with round-trip flights, accommodation, reimbursement for work-related travel, and daily meal(s). As we will purchase all flights in advance, interns only need to pay for their miscellaneous expenses (ex. souvenirs, sim cards, etc.).


Submitted an error on your application form?

Send an email to stating your name, which location you applied to, an explanation of the errors, and any documents or information necessary for correcting it.


I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


I need to complete a 6-month internship for my degree. Is this possible?

We have had 6 month interns in the past, however we cannot guarantee that a 6-month internship will be granted. We recommend that you apply for the two terms that you are available and if accepted for an interview bring it up with your interviewer.