Japan Internship

Yokohama, Japan

CITYNET logoCITYNET Yokohama Project Office (CYO) is part of a leading network of organizations focusing on a wide range of issues related to urbanization in the Asia-Pacific Region. CYO addresses development related issues that can be organized into four clusters: Climate Change, Disaster, Infrastructure, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the four clusters offer a broad framework for research and policy action, the work of CITYNET is not limited to these areas. The organization's overarching focus is to strengthen the capacity of public officials, resulting in more sustainable and representative governance and practices. CYO works to ensure that representative and consultative governance translates into properly institutionalized processes and standards that are sustainable and useful for those residing and working in urban communities. While labour migration is not a direct engagement of CITYNET, the organization deals with social justice issues including settlement, particularly post-eviction resettlements in urban areas due to infrastructure development. As a Program Assistant, the intern will assist with the implementation of activities, surveys, assessments, planning, and coordination among concerned authorities, reporting, information sharing, and program follow-up procedures. The intern will also join CITYNET in participating in local programs and events connected to urban issues. Interns have assisted with projects related to climate change, agriculture, disaster management, public works, community empowerment, education, gender, sanitation, transportation, and other current or potential issues that may be faced by urban areas within the Asia-Pacific region.

Position Description

Two positions were available with CITYNET (one between May and the end of August 2016 and one placement from the end of August to December 2016). The intern selected was/will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • implementing activities, surveys and assessments;
  • coordinating among concerned authorities for reporting, information sharing and program follow-up processes;
  • participating in local programs and events connected to urban issues;
  • assisting with projects related to climate change, agriculture, disaster management, public works, community empowerment, education, gender, sanitation, transportation, and other current or potential issues that may be faced by urban areas within the Asia-Pacific region.

Current Opportunities

Please check our website in early 2017 for more information about availability of placements.

Download the 2016 Application Form

General information about the 2016 Process

Program Eligibility

Applicants to CAPI's 2016 internship program must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a current, full-time UVic student (graduate or undergraduate student in your third year of study or higher).
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must be committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visas/work/entry permits as required by the host country, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI. CAPI will provide assistance in all of these areas. 
  • You must be available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and August or August and December 2016.

Prospective interns must meet the basic eligibility criteria CAPI program (as stated above) and have the following qualifications:

  • interest in urban and sub-urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region
  • the ability to adapt to different cultures and environments
  • experience with web design and management, specifically Word Press and software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • fundraising and marketing skills - basic fluency in Japanese and experience in proposal, grant and report writing are also considered assets

Interns will also be required to:

  • Attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC from 21-22 April 2016. 
  • Post 1 blog and/or podcast per month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI portal throughout each placement. 
  • Host a public engagement session in the term following your placement to speak about their experiences, a key social issue, their research, etc. 
  • Act as a mentor for future interns. 


Interns will be offered $8,500 CDN to cover a return, international air travel from Victoria to Japan, living expenses while in placement (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.), travel insurance (approximately $300 CDN for 4 months), and course-enrolment fees. CAPI will book and cover the cost of each intern’s airfare, which will be deducted from the total stipend.

Program Timeline



1 November 2015

Positions posted

4 December 2015

Information session (Sedgewick C168 9am-11am)

15 January 2016

Information session (Sedgewick C168 1pm-3pm)

1 February 2016

Information session (Sedgewick C168 11am-1pm)

4 February 2016

Application deadline

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

16-17 February 2016


End of February 2016

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

March 2016

Signing contracts, paperwork, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placements

21-22 April 2016

1-week pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May - August 2016 OR

August - December 2016

4-month work placement with CityNet including a monthly posting of a blog or podcast

After placement

Supporting future CAPI interns as a CAPI mentor

This timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as stated.

How to apply

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the interview stage)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 4 February 2016 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-CityNet Application” in the subject line of your email.

Applications should be saved as “CAPI-CityNet - your name - a description of the document” (e.g. “CAPI-CityNet – Humphrey Joolini - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Internship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in February 2016.


If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact: 

  • Robyn Fila (Program Manager) by email at rfila@uvic.ca or phone at 250.721.7022 
  • Cate Lawrence (Program Assistant) by email at interns@uvic.ca