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.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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: Please place "Digital Media Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

    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 may include:
    •    Assist Finance team with annual audit preparation
    •    Preparing, organizing and maintaining files and reports
    •    Input invoices for payment
    •    Maintaining and updating databases
    •    Performing various administrative duties
    •    Assisting in various projects

    •    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 2014, beginning July 2014

    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: Please use “Application for Finance Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


    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


    • 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: 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
      • 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  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.
      • 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: Please place "Marketing Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Performing Arts Intern

The Performing Arts Program of Japan Society seeks a part-time or full-time volunteer intern for Fall – Winter 2014/15.

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:

  • 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 and copying
  • Translation and proofreading support as needed
  • 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.

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

To Apply: Please email a letter and resume to Lara Mones at by August 1, 2014. Please place "Performing Arts Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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