Japan Internship

Yokohama, Japan

CITYNET 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CYO envisions expanding its partners not only within Japan but also in regions outside of the Asia-Pacific to foster city-to-city cooperation for better networking, knowledge exchange, and support for the creative development of societies. The Yokohama office focuses on capacity building through many of their activities. CYO provides needs-based capacity building programs in a variety of areas for city officials in the Asia-Pacific as well as other organizations and institutions.

CAPI will be offering two internship placements with CITYNET from May to August and September to December 2018.

Position Description

The intern selected 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.

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General Information

Program Eligibility

Applicants to CAPI's 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
  • you must be available to complete the specified overseas placement from May to August or September to December.

Prospective interns should have:

  • an 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
  • proposal, grant and report writing
  • basic fluency in Japanese considered an asset

Interns will also be required to:

  • attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC before departure 
  • post 1 blog and/or podcast per month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website throughout their placement
  • complete a commuinty engagement activity in the term following your placement to speak about your experiences, a key social issue, your research, etc. 
  • act as a mentor for future interns. 


Interns will be offered $8,500 CAD 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 CAD 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



September 2017

Positions posted

22 November 2017

Information Session Sedgewick C168 1:30-2:30 pm

31 January 2018

Information Session Sedgewick C168 1:00-2:00 pm

9 February 2018

Application deadline

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

Early March 2018


Mid March 2018

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

April 2018

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

Last week of April 2018

Orientation/ pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May to August 2018  or

September to December 2018

4-month work placement with CityNet

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)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 9 February 2018 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 – Your Name - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Internship Program. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in March 2018.


If you have any questions about the program please contact: 

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