Internship opportunity at the Japan Society (Fall 2023)

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The Japan Society (address: 333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017 / is looking for interns for Fall 2023 (Sept 2023 – Jan 2024). This is an unpaid internship with a minimum commitment of two days per week. Although this is an unpaid position, the Japan Society is such a prestigious organization in the Japan Studies community and this experience will be a good highlight in your resume.

Below is the basic information about the internship position. See for more inforamtion.

TITLE: Education & Family Programs Intern

LOCATION: Japan Society. Japan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese culture, business, and society with audiences in New York and around the world through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, sustainability, and education, online and on-site at our headquarters in a landmarked New York City building. Since 1907, our mission has been to promote mutual understanding and kizuna – forging deep connections – between the U.S. and Japan, by convening critical conversations, championing future creators, and serving as a trusted guide to the abundance of Japan. We are committed to strengthening connections within our community and building new bridges beyond

DESCRIPTION: The Japan Society Education & Family Programs Department seeks a part-time intern with a background in arts and education, and an interest in East Asian Studies. The ideal candidate will want to develop skills related to student, family, school and teen programs, as well as child development.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Work closely with Education Department staff to learn about program management and administration within a nonprofit organization
  • Assist and shadow teaching artists during school programs to learn applicable teaching strategies and experience in arts-related learning
  • Learn about child development and pedagogy in practice and gain experience working with early childhood, family and teen audiences
  • Learn about other departments at Japan Society through collaborative programs
  • Gain knowledge about Japanese arts, history and culture
  • Gain understanding of structure and functions within the nonprofit sector

Responsibilities: The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Supporting program development
  • Conducting and compiling research on a variety of topics
  • Assist preparing materials related to all education programs for families, students, school groups, and teachers
  • Supporting families and teens during after-school and weekend programs
  • Drafting and distributing promotional materials for department related events
  • Day-to-day administrative/office support
  • Drafting posts for social media platforms


  • Basic knowledge of and strong interest in Japanese culture
  • Familiarity with or interest in K-12 and arts education
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and maintain smooth communications
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Fluency in English
  • Japanese language ability a plus, but not required

Internship Dates and Time Commitment:

  • This internship is expected to run from September through January (start and ends dates flexible)
  • A minimum commitment of two days per week is necessary
  • This internship is in-person

This is an unpaid internship position, however, Japan Society values its interns and provides the following benefits:

  • Commuting cost from tri-state area will be reimbursed
  • College internship credit arrangement will be available
  • Free admission for intern and a guest to New York City’s museums, zoos and gardens with Japan Society ID
  • Free or reduced-priced admission to Japan Society’s programs and events
  • Tuition discount for Japanese language classes at Japan Society’s Language Center
  • In-service training workshops for interns
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