Internship Opportunity: 2021 Ashinaga Internship Program in Japan

Via the JETwit Jobs Listserv.

Duration and Terms Winter: January 25 to March 19, 2021 (8 weeks)

Deadline: Winter: September 30, 2020

See below for stipend and benefits.


The Ashinaga Internship Program began in 2013 as an English teaching program for students in Japan and Uganda, which enabled interns to acquire the problem-solving skills and adaptability needed 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 and we hope that by tapping the minds of intellectuals from all over the world we’ll be able to turn Ashinaga into an all-embracing, international NGO. To date we have had interns from over 50 global universities in several dozen countries. We invite you to join us on our journey!

Disclaimer: While Ashinaga is planning to have the Winter 2021 Japan Internship Program on schedule, due to continuing concerns surrounding COVID-19, immigration policies, and global mobility, please be advised there is still a possibility of further program changes and/or cancellation of the Winter 2021 Japan Internship Program. We will announce the final status of if we will hold the Winter 2021 Japan Internship Program by around mid-November on our website. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

Ashinaga Japan Internships

Japan-based interns work a variety of different teams at our HQ in Tokyo or our Tokyo or Kobe Kokoro-juku 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.


  • Marketing
  • Translation
  • Professional Network Development
  • Student Relations Team Tokyo
  • Graduates and Alumni



1. The scholars you will have the possibility to work with are mainly university or soon-to-be university students.

2. You do not need to be a current student to apply!

3. For all non-native English speaking applicants, a TOEFL 100 or IELTS score of 7.5 or above (level of proficiency) is required (some positions require a higher level of proficiency). English language proficiency will be tested during the interview process.

Program Benefits

Economy Class Roundtrip Airfare (organized by Ashinaga)

Accommodation in Japan (in shared dormitory rooms at Ashinaga facilities) o Daily Light Breakfast & Dinner (at Ashinaga facilities)

Weekly Stipend (7,000yen/week)

Work-related travel expenses

Interns must provide and purchase their own travel insurance for the duration of the internship.

Arrival: January 23rd or 24th

Departure: March 20th or 21st Application Deadlines

Please apply here.

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