Japanese American Association of New York

PICS Organization Name
Japanese American Association of New York

City/State
New York, NY

Organization Description

Established in 1907, we are the oldest community based organization serving the Japanese/Japanese American community in the tri-state area. We are leanly staffed and rely heavily on our volunteers. An intern from Princeton would greatly alleviate the demands on our Executive Director's time and allow us to focus and make progress on some special projects.

Internship Description
We have a wealth of information and archival documents that need to be organized, We are also part of a community oral history project. The intern will be able to observe some of these interviews should they take place during the internship period. In addition, the intern will be able to observe and assist in the daily activities and programs of JAA, attend our Scholarship Dinner (June) and participate in our Tanabata Festival held in Riverside Park (July). During COVID, we have also started a Japanese meal delivery service to our homebound seniors which may still be ongoing next year. The intern would be able to help coordinate deliveries to seniors.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 8 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 9:00-9:30 am 5:00-5:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications
We are looking for a self starter who can work independently within guidelines that will be set up at the beginning of the internship. The intern should have excellent research and writing skills as well as interpersonal skills.

Ability to converse in Japanese a plus.
Interest in Japanese culture and Japanese American history a plus.

Former Interns
Amy Watsky '21

Evaluation Excerpt

The strengths of my organization are engulfed in the drive and the care put into every action taken. JAA truly cares about its community members and I was able to witness [my supervisor] Noda-san selflessly help those in need. 
--Amy Watsky '21