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. 

    Communications Intern

    Japan Society's Communications Department seeks interns to assist with publicity and promotion for Spring 2015 (April–June).

    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 Shannon Jowett, at sjowett@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.

    Communications Intern (Japanese Language)

    Japan Society's Communications Department seeks interns to assist with publicity and promotion for Spring 2015 (April–June).

    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 Asako Sugiyama at asugiyama@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.
     

    Development Intern
    Corporate Membership and Sponsorship

    
Japan Society’s Development office is seeking a fall 2015 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 include:
    •  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

    Qualifications:
    •  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 2015 fall intern to assist with daily operations related to Development and Individual Giving at Japan Society. Working with the Director of Individual Giving and Individual Giving Associate, 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 include, but are 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 membership gift acknowledgment letters and cards
      • Fulfilling membership benefits such as catalogue distribution, ticket offers and gallery passes
      • Providing staffing support at various Society events
      • Processing and mailing matching gift applications
      • Assisting with donor-recognition and cultivation events
      • Completing general administrative tasks as needed
      • Assisting with eCommunications text to members
    Qualifications:
    Applicants should be extremely organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, and must be 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 recent graduates, or graduate students looking to supplement their degree with a related internship. In order to make the most of this internship, we hope that qualified candidates will consider a minimum of three months, with the option of extending to a six-month period. The time-range for the position is September through March, and additional training will be provided. 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.
 

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.
 

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

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 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: jobs@japansociety.org. 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 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. 

Duties include:
  • 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.

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 September 2015. Spring and Summer 2016 internships are also possible. 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.

Marketing Intern

Japan Society’s Media & Marketing internship is designed to give a student interested in marketing real world experience working for a non-profit.

Duties include:
  • Assist in creating materials for fundraising.
  • Collecting and analyzing data and feedback from constituents.
  • Researching and providing reports on assigned topics.
Requirements:
  • Self-starter; able to work well without constant direction.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Strong self-motivation and willingness to tackle challenging obstacles.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus.
This is an unpaid Fall semester internship position in New York City for 10-20 hours per week. Work hours are flexible depending on the student's schedule, but will typically be during the business hours of 9:30am-5:30pm. 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.

Performing Arts Intern - General Operations

The Performing Arts Program of Japan Society seeks a part-time or full-time volunteer intern for Fall 2015. 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 by August 24, 2015. Please place "Performing Arts Internship – General Operations" in the subject line. No phone calls please.
 
 

Performing Arts Intern - Fall Family Day

The Performing Arts Program of Japan Society seeks a part-time or full-time volunteer intern to help specifically with preparations for Fall Family Day, scheduled to take place on November 1, 2015. Japan Society presented its first Obake Family Day: Experience Japan’s Ghosts and Goblins last fall with storytelling, crafts, film, a haunted house and more to nearly 800 guests. The event endeavors to introduce kids and families to Japan’s many obake, yokai and other folklore creatures in innovative, fun and educational ways.  


Responsibilities:
  • Assist with monitoring/proofing/editing content for the event
  • Assist with devising and implementing outreach strategies for marketing and promotion efforts for event
  • Assist with assigning volunteer tasks for the day-of event
  • Assist with preparing decorations for the event
  • Helping with the day-of event
  • Daily administrative support, including filing, mailings, postcard distribution and copying
  • Translation support as needed
Qualifications:
  • Strong communication, writing skills, and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with and interest in event planning/family programs 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
  • Fluency in verbal and written English required; fluency in verbal and written Japanese language a plus
  • Artistic skills a plus
Time Frame:
3 to 4 months in duration.

Days per week:
3 or more days per week. Days and hours are flexible.

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 by August 24, 2015. Please place "Performing Arts Internship – Fall Family Day" 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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