The purpose of the JSB Intern program is to give students and early career professionals in the Boston area an opportunity to be part of the US/Japan network in Boston. Interns will learn about how an NPO office functions, make connections for their future career, and contribute to the work of JSB.
The Japan Society of Boston accepts interns from any background.
Internship applicants should submit the following by email to Matt Krebs, executive director of the JSB, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
● A letter of intent describing their fit and reasons for interest in working with JSB.
● A resume.
● The name, email, and phone number of two professionals familiar with the applicant, willing to speak with JSB about the applicant’s likelihood of success as an intern.
● November 30, 11:59p for Season 1, January - April
● March 31, 11:59p for Season 2, May - August
● July 31, 11:59p for Season 3, September - December
The JSB Internship selection committee will meet during the first week of each month preceding a new semester (Dec 1-6, Apr 1-6, Aug 1-6) to select interns. Judgments will be made based on likelihood of success, including considerations such as:
● Matching of intern skills with JSB needs (web and new media knowledge, copy editing, and specialized Japan knowledge are examples but there are many others).
● Previous record of reliable and productive work.
● Quality of recommendation(s).
Internship Service Commitment
There are three “seasons” each year during which Interns will work, one season comprising one internship. Season 1 coincides with the winter semester for area universities, Season 2, the summer, and Season 3, the fall semester (see deadlines above). During an internship in any of these seasons, the intern is expected to work ~ 150 hours. This tends to average twelve hours per week. The intern’s in-office schedule will be arranged with the executive director. Weekly staff meetings on Tuesdays from 10a - 12p are the only fixed appointment. Interns will track their projects, hours, and work progress through Asana.
Once selected, JSB Interns work with JSB staff to design and execute a project of personal interest that aligns with the mission of JSB. In addition, Interns customarily undertake activities such as the following, under the guidance of the executive director:
● Help create content for media and outreach
● Help organize and carry out JSB events with partners
● Communicate with JSB members about their experience with JSB and encourage renewals
● Communicate with area businesses and associations to keep the JSB event calendar current
The JSB Internship is not paid. Two years of JSB membership is given to Interns in gratitude for their service. While JSB can work with campus departments upon request to make the internship service a credit-earning experience, such decisions are at the sole discretion of the college. It is the responsibility of the student or department, not the JSB, to formalize these requirements. JSB Interns consistently find their experience to have a long term positive impact on their knowledge, networks, and careers.
The Japan Society of Boston operates with a respectful and dedicated staff who are committed to ensuring that Interns succeed during and beyond their Internship season. The executive director and staff will give ample time to Interns to ask questions about how the company operates and be sure that they have sufficient instruction and guidance to accomplish their projects. Also, as noted above, the JSB works with Interns to find projects of mutual benefit rather than just making assignments, though assignments do comprise a portion of the work.
Matt Krebs, executive director
Japan Society of Boston