Ruxandra-Ioana Florea - Romania
I am currently completing my Bachelor’s degree at Waseda University in Tokyo and my areas of focus are International Relations and Global Political Economy. I have a passion for human rights, ethics and I like discovering different cultures from around the world.
While in my third year of studies, I am also interning at ICA Japan. I really enjoy the experience here and I feel that through this internship I am challenging and developing myself every day.
My main tasks are managing the social media and promoting ICA Japan’s activities online. I am trying to bring an effective contribution through my work, but that wouldn’t be possible without the helpful guidance from the ICA staffs. ICA Japan’s interesting and inspiring projects are the reasons why I applied for an internship. I feel that through the NPO’s activities I find out new things about cultures and countries around the globe. Because of ICA Japan, now I fully understand the importance of community development and facilitation.
I am really grateful for the chance to be interning here, even though my Japanese skills are limited. I advise everyone who wants to be part of ICA Japan’s team to take a chance and apply for the internship. The time spent at ICA Japan will definitely help you develop your skills.
Amanda Liu - Taiwan
Interning at ICA Japan has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had so far in Japan. ICA Japan, with its small work force, has changed the lives of so many and continues to strive to ameliorate lives of people around the world. ICA Japan offers you the opportunity to not only learn about NGOs and NPOs, but also to put thoughts into action.
Adnanibrahim Jeboiri - Iraq
I have worked with ICA since February 2017 and I have learnt many things. ICA Japan is a great place to be working at. It has wide knowledge about community development, providing aid and facilitation. Moreover, ICA Japan has a friendly team.
They are experts and you could learn many things by working with them.
Mayu Tatsuki - Japan
I started my internship since October 2016. When I first came to the ICA office, there were 3 other interns from Germany and the Netherlands. Interns’ work has a lot in variety. In a process of the task, we have a lot of discussion to have more ideas and try to make a project more variety and fruitful. Also since November 2016, we, interns including a new intern from Italy, made a few workshops in the universities. We planned everything from the very beginning. Through these experiences, I have got many opportunities to actual practice what I have learnt in school. And I like to work with other interns and staff from ICA because by sharing our thoughts, new ideas are born. In the future, I would like to work for immigrants and minorities. All the experiences that I have had at ICA will be my treasure for life.
Edwin Felix - The Netherlands
As an ‘Asian Business administration’ student, I had previously gained experience by doing an internship at a commercial company. However, I wanted to learn more about the public interest, human development and social responsibility. These I find valuable competencies that are often neglected at a “traditional” commercial internship company.
At ICA Japan I learned how to apply my business-skills to an organization in the NPO-sector. I did this by closely working together with an ICA Japan affiliate who is engaged in the revitalization of rural areas in Japan. I was able to contribute with my analytical research skills and gained a lot of knowledge about Japanese culture while doing so.
One of my most memorable assignments was the chance to visit one of our project sites in Minamisouma, Fukushima. By assisting during this 3-day visit to the region, I was able to get a better understanding about the purpose and importance of ICA Japan’s activities in Fukushima. Talking with the people who had to forcefully leave their homes because of the nuclear disaster, gave me a unique first-hand insight on the current situation and shaped a better understanding of how people are affected by disasters like the one in Fukushima.
Internally, the main languages are English and Japanese. This international environment allowed me to participate in ICA activities despite my limited Japanese, while at the same time helped me improve my Japanese proficiency. If I did have questions, the staff has always shown to be very approachable and eager to help.
At ICA Japan you can be more than an assistant intern. You are given the tools, knowledge and guidance to be an active member of the team, and you are respected and treated that way. This made the internship much more meaningful and satisfying than I anticipated. I wish everybody who plans to engage in an internship at ICA Japan a lot of success and prosperity at this wonderful organization!
Chaula Rinita Anindya - Indonesia
My internship at ICA Japan gave me a whole new experience for me who knows nothing about community development programmes.
. When I firstly came to ICA Japan they provided me with a business card with a title as “intern”, but a week later they changed my title as “media specialist”. I was honoured to be trusted with such an important title. I was given an opportunity to visit a model farm in Chiba. This visit is a part of a project for an agroforestry programme in Cote d’Ivoire. It was such a memorable experience because I could see the advance technologies that the Japanese farmers used. Indonesia is an agricultural country, thus I hope my observation from this visit could contribute something to my country.
For the main assignments as a media specialist, I produced newsletters, brochures, new year’s post card, and also managed the website. I was in charge of the design and the content.
The staffs also challenged me to improve my Japanese skills because they recognised that I could actually speak a simple Japanese. Nevertheless, mostly I used English in the office that helped me to improve my English skill.
ICA Japan is such a great place for you to improve your skills. ICA Japan gives you a great responsibility that will challenge you and makes you feel equally important with other staffs. I would gladly recommend ICA Japan for those who are looking for an internship programme.