Japanese American Association of New York

In 2022, the Japanese American Association of New York will be 115 years old, making us the oldest community-based organization serving the Japanese community. Both our services and the beneficiaries of those services have evolved over the years. As we are leanly staffed, we have enjoyed hosting a Princeton over the last few years to work on special projects in addition to providing an extra pair of hands.


New York, NY

Internship Description

We have an ongoing oral history project as well as a new digital museum on the history of Japanese in New York. The intern would help research archival materials to be selected for the digital museum as well as interview some of our senior members and write their stories for our newsletter and archives. In addition, the intern would be able to observe and assist in the daily activities and programs of JAA, attend our annual Scholarship Dinner and participate in the July Tanabata Festival.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:30am or 10:00am 5:00pm or 5:30pm Yes No

In person

Housing Information

Past interns have stayed at NYU dorms or shared an apartment through Airbnb.

Internship Qualifications

  • Excellent communication, writing and research skills
  • Good people skills - especially with those for whom English is not their first language
  • A self starter who can work independently

Additional Qualifications

Japanese language capability and social media skills will be a plus. The intern should also have some familiarity with Japanese culture and Japanese American history.

Writing Sample Required?

A short essay on why the intern is interested in this position

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations