NGO internships in Tokyo

If you’re seeking a career in the non-profit sector, consider broadening your horizons with NGO internships in Tokyo. Hands-on experience in the non-profit sector in the world’s most populous city will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs later. Moreover, working with successful local and international professionals, interns will be able to boost their international network of contacts and learn from the best of the best. The experience of living and interning abroad will also give NGO interns unique international experience and a different cultural perspective.


NGO internships in Tokyo


Living in Tokyo

Tokyo is an ideal place for NGO interns to fuse career development and the thrill of wanderlust. This massive city is bursting with opportunities for eager young professionals seeking experience and inspiration. NGO interns will enjoy a comfortable stay in Tokyo. The Intern Group provides shared accommodation in Tokyo’s safest areas. You will live close to shops, restaurants and within a reasonable commute from your workplace via public transportation. Tokyo is famous for its highly efficient trains and buses.

Tokyo is a great place to live if you’re looking to do an internship abroad. As recycling culture is the norm, the city is extremely clean. You’ll hardly ever see litter on the streets. Japan is also incredibly safe, boasting very low crime rates which is great for people looking to gain experience overseas with NGO internships in Tokyo.


Tokyo: an international destination

Participants of NGO internships in Tokyo will enjoy being part of the city’s rich international community. Tokyo sets the standard for global cities, attracting professionals, students, interns and travelers from every country on earth. Because the city is so international, most signs you see are also in English, making the city easier to navigate. Plus a lot of Tokyoites speak English.

Tokyo also offers an array of tourist attractions. The Imperial Temple offers a look into the Japanese Emperor’s life. Harajuku is a fabulous avant-garde fashion museum. And Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the city’s most beautiful parks. It’s no surprise that in 2013, Tokyo was named the world’s most satisfying tourist city in a TripAdvisor poll. You’ll never have a dull moment in this fast-paced city, that has two baseball stadiums, unique establishments like a manga-kissa, or “comics café”, and numerous festivals, like Kanda Matsuri.


NGO internships in Tokyo


Food & commerce

Tokyo has so much more than amazing sushi to keep food-lover’s satisfied. The city has garnered an international reputation for having an international food scene like no other. The country’s unique and healthy gastronomy can be enjoyed for as much or as little as you want to spend, as there are many inexpensive and authentic street food options to try. Or if you’re the type of foodie who splurges on fine dining, Tokyo also offers the most Michelin stars out of any city in the world.

Tokyo is also an international shopping hub, with many types of markets, malls, high-end shopping areas and local fairs. Whether you’re looking for the latest gadget or fashion trend, Tokyo has it. Even if you’re looking to save, rather than splurge, there are many shopping experiences that are just as fun without spending money. For example, a trip to the biggest fish market in the world; Tsukiji fish market, offers a unique and authentic look at the fish culture in Japan.


Learn more about how to boost your career with NGO internships in Tokyo.





1. based on Tree and Tower, by OiMax, CC-by-2.0

2. based on Kabukichō, Tokyo, by ivva, CC-by-SA 2.0

3. based on Night of Tokyo Big Sight, by heiwa4126, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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