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IIP-Ashinaga Japan
Kobe, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Each year Ashinaga provides scholarships to about 6,000 orphaned students in Japan, and total academic loans and scholarships disbursed exceed US$28 million annually. More than 90,000 orphaned students have been able to obtain higher education with help from Ashinaga.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP Interns may be involved with one or more of the following projects:
  • Student Support  - IIP interns will provide educational support to Ashinaga students by organizing group activities to foster friendship and global understanding. Other services will include providing language lessons, participating in Ashinaga’s Rainbow House Program, etc. Interns will learn how to increase students’ interest in foreign education whilst heightening their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
  • Media - IIP interns will produce materials and visual media that introduce Ashinaga’s activities to international audiences. The IIP intern will learn how to propel an organization to the global forefront through the use of various facets, such as photography, videography, and social media platforms.
  • Translation -  IIP Interns in the translation team will be expected to translate documents for Ashinaga’s global activities, website, and promotional materials into English, French, and Portuguese. The IIP intern will also provide interpretation services for fellow interns, Ashinaga staff, and partners. By the end of the program, interns will learn how to provide adequate translation and interpretation services in a global business environment.
  • Fundraising and Marketing - IIP interns 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, the IIP intern will work with the media team to produce promotional materials and online content that is attractive to new international donors. And learn how to leverage Ashinaga’s existing international network for the betterment of the organization.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in education, international development, marketing, economics and/or East Asia studies are encouraged to apply. Japanese, French or Portuguese language skills would be an asset, but are not required. Skills in photography, filmmaking, editing, journalism, social media, PhotoShop/InDesign would be an asset.

Previous work responsibilities (in the words of past interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included leading private and group lessons teaching English to the students.I also wrote reports on my experiences and help improved the study tour program in Kyoto. In Tokyo, I  taught private lessons a few times a week and lead group activities with the students. Intern #2: During internship, I went to a summer camp and a study tour in the north of Japan.The summer camp was a very intensive week of activities with a group of 10-15 high school kids, 2 college-age leaders, and 1 intern (myself). There were 200 students at my particular summer camp (the interns were spread throughout the country on different camps). The language barrier here was very challenging - the students and leaders spoke very little English, so most of our communication was non-verbal. However, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my stay in Japan. Intern #3: I wrote an information booklet, I did some teaching at a middle school and high school, and I'm helping out with a proposal to organize Ashinaga's online presence…I learned that I really enjoy teaching and lecturing about psychology. Intern #4: At first, my responsibility was supporting the students of the dormitory I live in through conversation, mentorship, and English lessons, after that my primary responsibility was going to summer camps and helping out by bringing a foreign perspective to the table. I developed my Japanese skills as well as learned to adapt to situations quickly. I was often sent to different places and schools to teach or participate in activities for Ashinaga students. In each place, my responsibility was a little different and the challenges changed too.

View PowerPoint presentations by past interns
Ashinaga intern #1
Ashinaga intern #2
Ashinaga intern #3
Ashinaga intern #4
Ashinaga intern #5
Ashinaga, Japan, Yuen, Kathy.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.