The Japan-America Society staff is small, but full-time and part-time employment opportunities sometimes are available. When this happens, they will be announced in this section.
If you are interested in a position in the Washington area that utilizes your Japan-related background, you might also consider using the Society’s resume circulation service.
Internships with the Society are available to a limited number of college students each term. Internships are unpaid positions. Depending on the university’s internship program, credit sometimes is offered. Interns must pledge to work a minimum of three full days a week for a period of no less than eight weeks.
Because we are a membership society that produces many programs and events each year, interns should expect that in addition to Japan-related content, their workday will include a number of administrative and managerial tasks. At the same time, interning with the Society is a good introduction to the world of non-profit organizations, allows you to interact with both Americans and Japanese, and is a lot of fun as well! In addition, interns can develop skills that will assist them in their future search for employment.
We also look for interns to fill positions related to the Society’s Sakura Matsuri–Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan Bowl, as well as to support the Society’s other cultural and educational programs.
List of Internship Positions:
- Japan Bowl Assistant
- Japan-in-a-Suitcase Coordinator
- Sakura Matsuri Assistant
- Sakura Matsuri Volunteer Coordinator
- Sakura Matsuri/Japan Bowl Public Relations Coordinator
The application deadlines for interns are:
Winter/Spring semester (January ~ April/May): November 15
Summer (May/June ~ August): April 16
Fall semester (September ~ December): July 15
(Minimum of ten weeks)
To apply for an internship with the Japan-America Society, please complete the online application form and include your cover letter listing when you would like to start and finish your internship and how many weeks you would like to work. In addition, please include a resume listing all relevant academic and work experience, language ability, and other special skills. After completing the on-line application form, please e-mail a copy of your resume and cover letter (in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the skills and background we look for:
- Good oral and written communication skills and a motivated attitude
- Academic concentration in Japanese and/or Asian Studies; Japanese Society and Culture; International Business and Finance; International Affairs; Management; or Business or Public Administration
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required; knowledge of specialized software programs such as FileMaker, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, etc. is desirable
- Prior work or volunteer experience, including in managing student activities and events
- Good Japanese language skills are desirable but not essential
The Japan-America Society has many opportunities for volunteers. Volunteering with the Japan-America Society is a great way to meet both Japanese and Americans while supporting international activities in the Washington, DC area.
Each spring over 600 individuals are needed to help with the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival and the National Japan Bowl. If you are interested in volunteering for the Sakura Matsuri, please click here.
The Society also is looking for volunteers to help with its educational outreach programs in the area’s schools and libraries.
For other opportunities to volunteer, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call the Society at (202) 833-2210. It is our volunteers who make our many wonderful programs possible!