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Internship Program in Japan

Ashinaga’s Japan-based interns work on projects from our Tokyo headquarters or the Tokyo or Kobe Kokoro-Juku dormitories. Teams change each year and internship cycle, but possible placements range from departments like Translation, Professional Network Development, Student Support, Marketing, and more. On every team, interns learn transferable skills and experience what it is like to work for an international NGO.


Although many positions are mostly office-based, interns also participate in various student activities depending on the term. For example, there is bokin, a biannual street fundraising campaign, and tsudoi, student summer camps. By participating, interns get insight into Ashinaga’s work both behind the scenes and on the ground.

During their stay in Japan, interns share four-person rooms at the Kobe or Tokyo Kokoro-Juku, with each other or with students. While Kobe interns work from the Kokoro-Juku itself, those working at the Tokyo headquarters commute into central Tokyo from their accommodation located in Hino City. Ashinaga offers free accommodation during the internship period as well as an economy class round-trip airfare, two meals per day, a weekly stipend, transportation costs, and other benefits. We want to ensure that anyone can intern with us, regardless of their financial background.


The internship program is carried out in three cycles each year, for 10 weeks per cycle.


– Summer: End June – early September

– Fall: End September – mid December

– Winter: Mid January – end March


Applications for the following year open in December, and each cycle has its respective application deadlines.


*Note: The Japan Internship Program for 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19, and Ashinaga Japan will not be taking interns from overseas for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. Details regarding the 2022 internship cycle will be released in December 2021. Please check this page for more information then.

Ashinaga Remote Internship Program (Winter 2022)

Intern with Ashinaga Japan through our Winter Remote Internship Program. Interns will work with various departments in the Ashinaga Headquarters (based in Tokyo), on flexible, part-time hours. Learn more about Ashinaga’s work in Japan by interning with teams like translation and student activities. Alternatively, contribute to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative by working on projects with teams like student relations, professional network and career development, the graduates and alumni team, or the monitoring, evaluation and learning team. Interns will also attend online events to learn more about how Ashinaga works, and get the opportunity to interact with Ashinaga scholars.


The Winter 2022 Remote Internship will run from January 24th to March 18th, 2022. Applications are open from October 11th, 2021, and will be closed on November 19th, 2021.  Detailed descriptions of intern positions are available on the application form.




Internship Program in Uganda and Senegal

Interns working with Ashinaga in Uganda or Senegal have the unique opportunity to mentor and teach talented Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Scholars from all across the African continent. These Scholars are ambitious high school graduates, selected by Ashinaga to receive financial support to study at top universities around the world.



The AAI Scholars’ training begins with a 6-month Study Camp to strengthen their academic skills and support their university applications. Following this, Scholars return for a Preparation Camp which focuses on planning for the practical aspects of living and studying abroad in their destination countries. Depending on the Scholar’s country of origin, the preparation year will occur in either Uganda for anglophone and lusophone Scholars or Senegal for francophone Scholars.

Interns in Uganda and Senegal play an integral role in the development of Scholars’ academic ability during the preparation year. Bridging the roles of teacher and mentor, interns support Scholars in various fields. This is an opportunity for open-minded and driven individuals to gain experience through planning lessons using innovative pedagogical teaching methods, while getting insights on the challenges and possibilities in education in sub-Saharan Africa.


*Note: The applications for the Uganda and Senegal internship programs have closed for 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that the internships will be conducted remotely or cancelled. Details regarding the 2022 internship cycle will be released in December 2021. Please check this page for more information then.


For more information on the Japan, Uganda and Senegal internship programs, please refer to our internship brochure. 

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