Career Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

The Japan Society volunteer internship program offers individuals opportunities to increase their awareness of contemporary Japan and gain knowledge of its history and cultural heritage while simultaneously preparing for professional and academic careers.

Select, qualified interns are invited to volunteer to contribute their talents and abilities to assist Japan Society’s programs in the arts, business, education and public affairs. Interns participate in the day-to-day activities of these programs, in addition to specific projects. While at the Japan Society, interns serve alongside experts on Japan from diverse disciplines and enjoy the benefits of its many resources.

About Japan Society
Founded in 1907 in New York City, Japan Society is an internationally recognized non-profit, non-political organization that offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture; fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U. S., Japan, and greater Asia; and improves access to information on Japan. Japan Society provides information and innovative programs, including Gallery exhibitions, performing arts, lectures, film series, contemporary forums, educational outreach, Japanese language training, publications, and more.

Internship Positions Currently Available:

    Communications Intern

    Japan Society's Communications Department seeks interns to assist with publicity and promotion for Summer 2014 (May–August).

    Interns for Japan Society's Communications Department assist with marketing the Society as a whole and dozens of individual events from the Corporate, Education, Film, Gallery, Lectures, Performing Arts and Policy Programs. By joining Japan Society's Communications team, candidates will have an opportunity to gain a well-rounded understanding of nonprofit communications while developing valuable skills in all facets of publicity, promotion and advertising.
    Responsibilities:
      • Assist drafting publicity materials (press releases, pitches, photo tips), and outreach to press.
      • Maintain press archives and create press clips.
      • Contribute to Japan Society's blog and social media sites.
      • Attend events and provide assistance for press check-in.
      • Maintain press database.
      • Construct press kits.
      • Research publicity, promotion and advertisement opportunities.
      • Distribution of promotional materials.
      • Administrative duties including data entry, filing, photocopying, etc.
    Qualifications:
      • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Word & Excel.
      • Ability to self-start and follow through on lengthy projects.
      • A consecutive 15-20 hours per week (including some evenings) commitment is preferred.
      • Interest in Japanese culture and Japanese language skills are a plus.
    This is an unpaid internship. Please e-mail a cover letter and a resume to Kuniko Shiobara, at kshiobara@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.
     

    Corporate Program Intern

    The Corporate Program seeks an intern to help with various program tasks for winter 2014 (January – April).

    General Program Description:
    The Corporate Program hosts unique public and private programs and networking opportunities for the international business and policy community, which promote reciprocal exchange and deep engagement on issues that define U.S.-Japan relations within a global context.

    Learning Opportunities:
      • Learn firsthand about the people, issues and cultural trends that are of interest and relevance to the U.S.-Japan business and policy communities in New York
      • Discover how non-profit organizations interact with corporate sponsors
      • Gain experience in the back-office tasks of ongoing program development and execution
      • Interact with senior business executives from global corporations
      • Conduct research on companies, individuals and industry sectors as needed
      • Learn database management
    Duties & Tasks:
      • Assist with program registrations
      • Handle and replenish sponsor materials
      • Become familiar with corporate member firms and the benefits of corporate membership
      • Assist Program staff at public events, including reception and registration, event A/V tasks, setup and breakdown
      • Assist with program research and outreach as needed
      • Assist to create badges, guest lists, name plates, and other program materials
      • Maintain and update corporate membership records in Raiser’s Edge as needed
      • Organize files and materials on programs and speakers
    Qualifications:
      • Familiarity with Japanese language and customs
      • Interest in and knowledge of international business
      • Knowledge of word-processing; knowledge of Internet, email and databases
      • Superior organizational skills, including ability to keep track of many details at once
      • Ability to work with a variety of people and different projects
      • Superior writing and oral skills
      • Flexibility in hours
      • Ability to be self-starter
    This is an unpaid internship. Please email a cover letter and resume to Owen Rojek at: orojek@japansociety.org. Please place "Corporate Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


    Digital Media Intern

    Japan Society's Media and Marketing department seeks a part-time intern to assist with the creation of its video series for the web. Days are flexible, with around 16-20 hours per week in office expected.

    Duties include:
      • Assistance in concept design and creative thinking for new and current video series.
      • Creating artwork and graphics to supplement various videos and other materials.
      • Simple maintenance of YouTube channels and other social media.
      • Assistance in the setup and filming of video shoots.
    Requirements:
      • Strong creative thinking.
      • Familiarity with Adobe software (photoshop, illustrator, premiere, etc.).
      • Interest in Japanese culture.
      • Familiarity with Japanese language is a plus.
      • Knowledge of social media (YouTube, Facebook, twitter, etc.)
      • Attention to detail.
      • Strong artistic/design background.
      • Familiarity with video equipment a plus.
    This is an unpaid internship.
    Please email a letter and resume to Ben Warren at: bwarren@japansociety.org. Please place "Digital Media Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.


    Education Program Intern

    Japan Society Education Program seeks a summer intern with a background in Education, East Asian Studies, and/or Digital Media, with interest in curriculum development, child development, digital learning and a desire to work directly with Pre-K-12th grade children.

    Responsibilities:
    The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:
    • Assisting at family and teen programs
    • General web maintenance (proofing web material resources, uploading materials)
    • Maintenance of an educational social media site
    • Day-to-day administrative support as needed

    Requirements:
    • Knowledge of Japanese culture
    • Familiarity with and interest in K-12 education
    • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills
    • The ability to work independently
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Japan Society encourages interns participating in work-study programs and/or course credit from academic institutions

    This is an unpaid internship.

    Please email cover letter and resume to Ariana Moir at amoir@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.
     

    Film Program Intern

    Assist Film Program staff in all aspects to implement Globus Film Series 2014 – A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924 – 2013), held from March 13 to 29, 2014.

    Duties Include:
    • Outreach and marketing of Globus Film Series
    • Assist logistical aspects of the screenings
    • Assist theater management and hospitality operations
    • Assist coordination of film shipping
    • Administrative tasks

    Qualifications:
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Familiarity with and interest in film with concentration in Japanese cinema
    • Strong writing and proofreading skills
    • Fluency in Japanese language a plus
    • Self-starter


    20 hours/week. Evening hours are required when there is a screening.

    This is an unpaid internship. Please email Aiko Masubuchi at amasubuchi@japansociety.org to apply.

     *Japan Society Film Program offers a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. Its aim is to entertain, educate and support activities though the Society's arts & culture programs. The Film Program has included retrospectives of iconic directors, thematic series and many U.S. premieres. Some original film series curated by the Japan Society have traveled to other U.S. venues in tours organized by the Film Program. For more information, visit http://www.japansociety.org/film.



    Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and US-Japan Innovators Network Intern

    The US-Japan Innovators Network, a project of Japan Society, is responsible for the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund grants. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund was started as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunamis that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan.

    General Description of Position:
    Under the supervision of the US-Japan Innovators staff, the intern/volunteer will assist with the translation of key material needed for making grants from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and research on Japanese organizations. This includes, but not limited to, the translation of information on Japanese organizations, newspaper articles, correspondence, grant proposals and grant budgets. In some cases, a synopsis or executive summary may be needed rather than a full translation of a document.

    This is an excellent opportunity to learn about grant-making from an internationally-recognized cultural organization with a distinguished history of more than 100 years. The intern/volunteer will also gain a general overview of Japan Society’s programs and events.

    Duties include:
    • Helping to translate a range of materials, including grant proposals, correspondence, background information on organizations, newspaper articles, and other supporting material as needed;
    • Assisting staff in writing blog entries (in English) for Japan Society website based on the work of Japan Earthquake Relief Fund grantees;
    • Conducting research

    Qualifications:

    • Must be able to read and write Japanese fluently
    • Experience translating material from Japanese to English
    • Knowledge of word-processing in both English and Japanese, the Internet, and email
    • Superior organizational skills, including ability to keep track of many details at once
    • Motivated self-starter

     

Time Frame: Looking for someone to start in January 2014. Summer and Fall internships also available. Minimum of three month commitment preferred.
Days per week: 1 or 2 days per week. Days and hours are flexible.
Salary: This is an unpaid internship.

To apply: email a letter of interest and resume to: jobs@japansociety.org. Please use “Application for Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Internship/Volunteer” as the subject of your email.

Japan Society encourages students seeking school credits to apply.




    Lecture Program Intern

    The Lecture Program seeks a part-time intern to assist with event marketing, social media management, and various programming tasks.

    General Description of Position:
    Lecture Program examines vital issues and themes in modern Japanese art, culture and design. Programming is designed to inform and to provide a gateway through which Americans can appreciate the global influence of Japan’s culture and its many trend-defining artisans. Our programs bring together experts and practitioners for provocative discussions on diverse topics including aesthetics, consumer culture and cuisine. 

    Learning Opportunities:
      • Learn firsthand about the people, issues and cultural trends that are of interest and relevance to Japanese and Japan enthusiasts in New York
      • Discover how non-profit organizations are structured and run from day to day
      • Gain experience in the back-office tasks of ongoing program development and execution
      • Conduct research on current cultural trends and leading artists as needed
      • Learn social media management and event marketing
    Duties & Tasks:
      • Use creativity to create innovative event promotion & outreach campaigns
      • Help manage the Lecture Program’s social media presence
      • Assist program staff at public events, including reception and will call table
      • Assist with program research as needed
      • Organize files and materials on programs and speakers
      • General tasks and office duties
    Qualifications:
      • Interest in and knowledge of Japanese pop culture and cultural trends
      • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (image and publishing software is a plus)
      • Superior organizational skills, including ability to keep track of many details at once
      • Ability to work with a variety of people and different projects
      • Superior writing and oral skills
      • Familiarity with Japanese language and customs is a plus
      • A self-starter and innovative
    This is an unpaid internship. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Tomomi Sekiya at tsekiya@japansociety.org.  No phone calls please.



    Marketing Intern

    Japan Society’s Media & Marketing Department seeks a part-time summer intern to assist with various tasks.

    Duties include:
      • Assist with developing a test marketing campaign for the organization.
      • Brand development.
      • Researching and providing reports on assigned topics.
      • Writing meeting minutes.
    Requirements:
      • Self-starter; able to work well without constant direction.
      • Strong oral and written communication skills.
      • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
      • Portfolio of past work preferred (student assignments, freelance, etc.).
      • Marketing and Graphic Design majors preferred.
    This is an unpaid internship. Please email a cover letter and resume to Asif Iqbal at: aiqbal@japansociety.org. Please place "Marketing Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
   

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