Work with us! The Japan-America Society staff is small, but full-time and part-time employment opportunities are sometimes available. All staff openings will be announced in this section.
Internship applications are now open for the Fall 2023 sessions and the Winter/Spring 2024 sessions. To learn more about internship positions with JASWDC and apply, please check out the information below.
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.
Applications for JASWDC internships are open year-round and positions are filled on a rolling basis. Click the link below to apply.
- JASWDC Internships (applications accepted on a rolling basis)
Interning with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC is a great opportunity to gain skills, experience, and contacts in the world of US-Japan culture exchange and policy.
During your internship, you will have the opportunity to interact with American and Japanese members of the cultural, business, and policy communities and gain hands-on experience managing the Society’s programs and events! An internship with JASWDC will help you develop skills that will assist in your future career and will connect you with mentors in the US-Japan community to help guide you on your journey.
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 is sometimes offered. Interns must pledge to work a minimum of three full days a week for a period of no less than eight weeks.
My internship with JASWDC was extremely valuable, as I was fortunate to engage in a number of projects that not only afforded me the opportunity to connect with the US-Japan relationship culturally, but as an intellectual and a professional. Learning to how to develop and better contribute to the US-Japan relationship from various angles of engagement has been one of the most valuable takeaways I received from this internship and I look forward to the prospect of continuing that work in the future.Ryan Distaso – Sakura Matsuri Volunteer Coordinator and Japan-in-a-Suitcase Coordinator, 2021
Interning with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC is a good introduction to the world of non-profit organizations. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to interact with both Americans and Japanese and gain hands-on experience through managing major and minor programs and events! An internship with JASWDC will help you develop skills that will assist in your future career and will connect you with mentors in the US-Japan community to help guide you on your journey.
I loved interning with JASWDC! As a former Japan Bowl competitor it’s been incredibly rewarding to bring the competition to life for the high school student who have been studying so hard. As an intern I became a core member of the Japan Bowl team, but was also welcome to pursue other projects like cooking class and trivia nights. I’ve had a wonderful chance to engage with the society’s amazing staff and wonderful community.Elece Smith – Japan Bowl and Ad-Hoc Programs Intern, 2020
- Japan Bowl Intern
- Japan-in-a-Suitcase Coordinator
- Public Relations & Communications Coordinator
- Sakura Matsuri Intern
To apply for an internship with the Japan-America Society, please complete the online application form.
When uploading documents, please label both as follows: First Name_Last Name_Resume, First Name, Last Name_Cover Letter.
In all internship applications, 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 and Public Administration
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required; knowledge of specialized software programs, such as CRM systems and Adobe Creative Cloud, etc. is desirable
- Prior work or volunteer experience, including managing student activities and events
- Competent Japanese language skills are desirable but not essential
- Winter-Spring Session – November 30th
- Summer Session – April 16th
- Fall Session – August 23rd
Applicants should wait up to 2 weeks after submitting to allow for processing and follow-up correspondence.