Internship Programme
29 Mar 2022

Your Internship at KAS Japan

Who should apply

You like Japan because of Anime, Manga and J-Pop? You are intrigued by its food and enduring love for tech gadgets? You always wanted to experience Tokyo’s nightlife and ride the Shinkansen? You want to feel lost in translation? Well, in that case, you might not have collected the most convincing reasons for your internship at KAS. But if you are concerned with international politics, Asia’s regional security, trade and multilateralism, gender equality and future technologies, and if you are interested in Japan’s economic and political potential, then you have found the right institution.


Our internships offer professional training to graduate students and PhD candidates. The internship does not replace a regular job, but serves the acquisition of professional knowledge, skills and abilities. At the end of the internship, a certificate will be handed out. Commitment, team orientation and the endorsement of Christian-Democratic values as they are supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are essential prerequisites for internships. In the selection process, preference will be given to interns studying economics, political and social sciences as well as law with a strong regional focus on Asia and Japan. Political and/or economic knowledge of the region are essential. The commitment to participate in evening or weekend events of KAS and its partners is required. In addition to polite manners (which are crucial to succeed in Japan), a well-groomed appearance is expected and correct clothing on official occasions.


Familiarize yourself with our projects and publications before you apply. General information about the work of KAS as a political foundation is essential and can be found on this website and

Language Abilities

A good command of the Japanese language, both spoken and written, is an advantage but not required. Contrary, we expect our interns to have a very good expression in German and English.


A duration of three month is encouraged and expected. Exceptions can be agreed with the director of the office.


The tasks of the interns are determined individually at the beginning of the internship. Depending on the level of knowledge, the interns support the team with research, short studies on selected topics and in the organization of events.

Working Time

Interns are expected to work 38 hrs per week. The core working hours are set from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., including 1 hr lunch break and excluding commuting time. Home-office regulations are in place. Devices will be provided.


There is no entitlement to leave days. Exceptions can be made in relation to the duration of the internship.

Costs and Living Allowance

The general costs for living, commuting and especially accommodation in Tokyo are significantly higher compared to the region. Hence, a thorough calculation is required.  KAS does not grant financial compensation or subsidies for internships.


Please send your application documents (curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, relevant certificates) in English to, addressed to the director of the office. The documents must indicate the current areas of study and interest, the desired time and duration of the internship as well as the level of language skills. It is advised to apply one year in advance for the desired internship period. We strongly encourage applications of Japanese nationals.