Internships at Asia Pacific Initiative (API)

API offers full-time and part-time internships for undergraduates, postgraduate students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience at a public policy think tank. Under the supervision of project managers, interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, editing, project development, project management and outreach activities.

Instructions for Applicants

At API, we do not offer a generic internship program and instead we ask applicants to select an internship spot for a specific program. The individual project managers will review internship applications and interview those selected.



  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a postgraduate student or a recent graduate;
  • Must be eligible to work for API (e.g., proper visa in the case of foreign nationals);
  • Must have at least a basic level of Japanese;
  • Must have adequate PC skills with a remote-working setup at home (including password-protected Wi-Fi and a PC equipped with Excel, PowerPoint and antivirus software)

Terms and Conditions

Duration: More than 6 months
Work hours: More than 2 days per week as per agreed work schedule
Remuneration: To be paid as per API’s internal scale
Work place: Remote work (unless otherwise instructed)


Please submit the following information in PDF format to . The personal information we receive will not be used for anything other than this purpose. When you send the email, please send it from your university email account (not from a free email account such as Gmail). We do not accept ZIP files.

  1. Proposed period of internship (including the earliest possible start date)
  2. CV and cover letter (please look at API’s website and indicate all of the projects you are interested in)
  3. Short essay discussing your opinion on a current issue (up to 300 words)

We will only contact applicants short-listed for interviews.


If you have any questions, please contact us at .