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

The Business & Policy Program seeks an intern to help with various program tasks for Winter 2017 (January—June).

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.

Communications Intern (Japanese Language)

Japan Society's Media and Marketing department seeks a part-time Communications intern to assist with Japanese-language communications efforts, including publicity/press, researching new publicity opportunities, assisting with promotional materials, and other administrative duties.

Duties include:
  • Assist drafting publicity materials (press releases, pitches, photo tips), and outreach to press.
  • 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.
Requirements:
  • Fluency in Japanese
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat (PDF).
  • Interest in Japanese culture.
  • Knowledge of social media (YouTube, Facebook, twitter, etc.)
  • Attention to detail.
  • Motivated self-starter.
  • Strong communication skills.
This is an unpaid internship. Please send a resume to Asako Sugiyama: asugiyama@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.

Development Intern, Corporate Membership and Sponsorship

Japan Society’s Development office is seeking a fall 2016 intern to assist with daily operations related to Corporate Giving. Working closely with the Corporate Giving team, this is an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand experience in corporate fundraising at an internationally-recognized nonprofit cultural organization with a distinguished history of more than 100 years.

Responsibilities:
The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Assisting in the development of Corporate Membership and Sponsorship marketing materials.
  • Assisting with distribution of complimentary gallery passes to Corporate Members.
  • Assisting with Corporate Membership thank you letters, renewals and other mailings.
  • Conducting research on current and prospective donor corporations.
  • Assisting in updating donor database.
  • Assisting at various Business and Policy Programs (evening lectures, lunches, etc.), and other Japan Society special events (gallery openings, receptions, Young Professionals Network events, etc.).
  • Completing general administrative tasks as needed.
Requirements:
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized.
  • Proficient in Word and Excel.
  • Interest in Japan and Japanese business and culture a plus .
  • Flexible weekday schedule, approximately 20 hours per week.
This is an unpaid internship. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to corp-membership@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.

Development Intern, Individual Giving and Membership

Japan Society’s Development office seeks a 2016 fall intern to assist with daily operations related to Membership and Individual Giving at Japan Society. Working with the Individual Giving team, this is an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fundraising and non-profit management at an internationally-recognized nonprofit cultural organization with a distinguished history of more than 100 years.

Responsibilities:
The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Conducting research and identifying new prospect members and merchant partners; helping produce donor reports
  • Assisting with membership renewals each month, including the printing, mailing, copying and filing of all high-level gift renewals
  • Printing and mailing individual gift acknowledgment letters
  • Fulfilling membership benefits such as catalogue distribution, ticket offers and gallery passes
  • Providing staff support at various Society events
  • Processing and mailing matching gift applications
  • Assisting with donor-recognition and cultivation events
  • Representing the Individual Giving team by managing customer service inquiries via phone an e-mail
  • Assisting with eCommunications text to members
  • Completing other general administrative tasks as needed
Requirements:
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • 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
  • A dependable team player who can excel in a busy office environment
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus

This is an unpaid internship, and we ask for a commitment of 20 hours per week. The internship is an excellent opportunity for current students, recent graduates or graduate students looking to supplement their degree with a related internship. In order to make the most of this internship, we expect that qualified candidates will intern for a minimum of three months, with the option of extending after review. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to membership@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.

Finance Department Intern

The internship will provide an opportunity to assist in financial and administrative functions. The intern will also gain a general overview of the Japan Society’s programs and events.

Responsibilities:
The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Assist Finance team with annual audit preparation.
  • Prepare, organize and maintain files and reports.
  • Input invoices for payment.
  • Maintain and update databases.
  • Perform various administrative duties as needed.
  • Assist in various projects.
Requirements:
  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Some Finance or Accounting experience, or coursework required.
  • A quick learner who is detail-oriented and very organized will succeed best in this role.
Time Frame: Summer – Fall and Winter 2016 - beginning September 2016 to December 2016

Days per week: 3 days per week, preferably Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 10 am to 3:00 pm, days and hours negotiable.

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 Finance Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please. This is an unpaid internship.

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and 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.

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.

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:
Fall 2016 internship. 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 Fall 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/ancillary programs
  • 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/press files
  • Translation and proofreading support as needed
  • Daily administrative support, including filing/mailings/postcard distribution around the city
Requirements
  • Strong communication/writing/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.

Schedule: 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: For consideration for the Fall Internships, please email a cover letter and resume to Yukako Yamazoe at YYamazoe@japansociety.org by Friday, Septemer 9, 2016. Interns are accepted on a need-based rolling basis. Please place "Performing Arts Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Program Operations Intern

The Program Operations Department of Japan Society seeks a part-time volunteer intern to assist with general administrative functions. The intern will assist the Director of Program Operations, and gain a general overview of the Japan Society’s programs and events.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Daily administrative support including scheduling staff
  • Ordering supplies and equipment for programs and rentals
  • Responding to phone and email inquiries about rentals and recordingdetails.
  • Following up with staff on function forms to ensure all details for programs are included and correct
  • Creating contracts for rental groups.
Qualifications:
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Computer proficiency in Word and Excel required
  • Ability to organize and work in fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in verbal and written English required

Days per week: One or more days per week, preferably Friday, hours negotiable, with a 3 to 6 month commitment.

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

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a letter of interest, indicating your anticipated available time commitment, to: jobs@japansociety.org

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:
The Talks+ 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 Talks+ 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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