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:

Business & Policy Intern

General Program Description:
 
The Business & Policy 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 issues 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 and policy leaders
•    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:
•    Interest in or knowledge of Japanese language and customs
•    Interest in and knowledge of international business and international policy especially with regards to Japan
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
•    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 a self-starter
 
This is an unpaid internship. Please e-mail a cover letter and a resume to the Business & Policy Program, at register@japansociety.org. 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 & Family Intern

Japan Society Education & Family seeks a part-time intern with a background in Education, East Asian Studies, and/or Digital Media and an interest in student and cultural exchange, child development and digital learning.

Responsibilities:
The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Assisting with various social platform postings and research
  • Maintenance of a closed educational social networking site
  • Assisting with the administration of an international student exchange program
  • Assisting at family and student programs
  • Day-to-day administrative/office support

Requirements:
  • Familiarity with social networking platforms
  • Knowledge of Japanese culture
  • Familiarity with or interest in K-12 education
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • A commitment of two days per week is necessary (along with occasional help during weekend programs)
  • Fluency in English
  • Japanese language ability not necessary, but a strong plus
  • 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 Owen Rojek at jseducation@japansociety.org. No phone calls please. Only applicants who pass the initial screening will be contacted for an interview.

Film Intern

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assist the Film Program staff with all aspects of operations related to upcoming film screenings and events
  • Devising and implementing outreach strategies for marketing and promotion efforts for upcoming screenings
  • House management, ushering, and will call during film screenings
  • Archiving of film screeners and printed materials
  • Administrative tasks and general office work related to Film Program
HOURS:
15-20 hours/week, 3 days a week. Evening hours are required when there is a screening. This is an unpaid internship. School credit is available.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Well-organized and able to multi-task
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Self-motivated with strong sense of initiative
  • Familiarity with and interest in repertory film, especially Japanese cinema
  • Fluency in reading/writing and speaking Japanese strongly preferred
TO APPLY:
Please email resume and cover letter to Kazu Watanabe at kwatanabe@japansociety.org. Please place “Japan Society Film Program Internship” in the subject line. 
                            

Gallery Intern

As one of the premier institutions in the United States dedicated to the display of Japanese art, Japan Society Gallery organizes several exhibitions a year related to Japanese art and culture. Our Internship program is tailored to graduate students at local universities seeking to expand their experience within museums and arts organizations, with an emphasis on gaining a broad knowledge of exhibition organization. Interns are introduced to issues relating to exhibition interpretation and art history, and will obtain administrative, outreach, and curatorial skills. Reporting to the Gallery Director and Curator of Exhibition Interpretation, the Gallery intern will perform a number of administrative and clerical tasks including, but not limited to:

Responsibilities:
    • Research in developing exhibition narratives.
    • Assist with outreach for special exhibitions.
    • Assist with the creation and verification of exhibition-specific documents such as checklists and condition reports.
    • Represent the Gallery with others from the JSG staff at exhibition-related events.
    • Performing general administrative tasks.
Requirements:
    • Enrollment in an Art History, Arts Administration, or Museum Studies program (MA/Ph.D. level)
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher).
    • Proactive engagement with tasks and well-developed organizational skills.
    • Knowledge of/interest in Asian culture, Japanese language skills, and previous database experience.

Time Frame: Summer 2016  

Schedule: Flexible weekday schedule up to 20 hours per week, minimum three to six month commitment.  

Salary: This is a part time, unpaid internship. We ask for a commitment of 20 hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks. Japan Society encourages school credits if available.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to lmonti@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.

Foundation and Government Relations Intern

Japan Society’s Development Department is seeking an intern interested in learning more about institutional giving from foundations and government sources.  This is a great opportunity to work closely with senior staff on fundraising strategy and execution.

Duties include:
    • Conduct prospect research on foundations and prepare prospect profiles.
    • Assemble project reports for foundations.
    • Assist with proposal and letter writing.
    • Complete general administrative tasks.
    • Provide staffing support at various Society events, as needed.
Requirements:
    • Applicants should be organized and detail oriented,  should write well, and be proficient in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Familiarity with The Raiser's Edge a plus..
    • Ability to read Japanese a plus.
    • Familiarity with Japanese language is a plus.

Time Frame: Beginning Spring or Summer 2016 for three to six months.  

Schedule: Flexible weekday schedule up to 20 hours per week, minimum three to six month commitment.  

Salary: This is an unpaid internship. Japan Society encourages school credits if available. Occasional complimentary tickets available to performances.

To Apply: Email a letter of interest and resume to: jobs@japansociety.org. Please use “Application for Foundation/Government Relations Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

   

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and U.S.-Japan Innovators Network Intern

The Innovators Network is responsible for developing and implementing exchange programs for leaders from the US and Japan around issues of mutual concern and the management of the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. 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 Innovators Network 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 is not limited to, the translation of information grant proposals, grant budgets, grantee reports, and correspondence. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the recovery of Tohoku.  

The Intern will also be asked to help with administrative duties, research, and the creations of materials for exchange programs, including the US-Japan Leaders Exchange. 

Responsibilities:

  • Helping to translate a range of materials, including grant proposals, grant reports, correspondence, background information on organizations, 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.
  • Research for exchange programs, help putting materials together for exchange programs.
  • Help with administrative support, including filing, mailings, and copying.
  • Daily administrative support, including filing, mailings, postcard distribution and copying
  • Translation and proofreading support as needed
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:
Summer 2016 internship. 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.
 

Performing Arts Intern

The Performing Arts Program of Japan Society seeks a part-time or full-time volunteer intern for Winter/Spring 2016. Since 1953, Japan Society’s Performing Arts Program has presented well over 600 of the finest Japanese theater, dance and music events. In addition to its annual season of eight to ten full-evening programs, educational workshops, lectures and demonstrations. The Society has been a pioneer in presenting works that are products of collaborations between Japanese and American/international artists as well as introducing Japanese contemporary performing arts to American audiences through local performances and North American tours. Please see our website for details.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist with preparations for upcoming and future performances/workshops/ancillary events
  • Assist with devising and implementing outreach strategies for marketing and promotion efforts for upcoming performances/workshops
  • Assist with front of house operations at performances/workshops
  • Manage the upkeep and maintenance of Performing Arts archives, database and press files
  • Daily administrative support, including filing, mailings, postcard distribution and copying
  • Translation and proofreading support as needed
Qualifications:
  • Strong communication, writing skills, and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with and interest in Performing Arts, familiarity with Japanese Performing Arts a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team setting
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and experience with social marketing tools, familiarity with movie editing software a plus
  • Fluency in verbal and written English required; fluency in verbal and written Japanese language a plus
Time Frame:
Internships are typically 3 to 6 months in duration (negotiable) year-round.

Days per week:

3 or more days per week. Days and hours are flexible. Some evening hours are required when there are program.

Salary:
This is an unpaid internship. *Japan Society encourages school credits if available

To Apply: Please email a letter and resume to Lara Mones at lmones@japansociety.org. Please place "Performing Arts Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.
 
 

Talks+ Intern

The Talks+ 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.

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