Internship Opening: Summer 2012 Communications Intern, Japan Society (New York)

For full details and other internship opportunities, see Japan Society’s internship page.
The Japan Society volunteer internship program offers individuals opportunities to increase their awareness of contemporary Japan and gain knowledge of its history and cultural heritage while simultaneously preparing for professional and academic careers. Select, qualified interns are invited to volunteer to contribute their talents and abilities to assist Japan Society’s programs in the arts, business, education and public affairs. Interns participate in the day-to-day activities of these programs, in addition to specific projects. While at the Japan Society, interns serve alongside experts on Japan from diverse disciplines and enjoy the benefits of its many resources.

Communications Intern
Japan Society’s Communications Department seeks interns to assist with publicity and promotion for Summer 2012 (June-September).

Interns for Japan Society’s Communications Department assist with marketing the Society as a whole and dozens of individual events from the Corporate, Education, Film, Gallery, Lectures, Performing Arts and Policy Programs. By joining Japan Society’s Communications team, candidates will have an opportunity to gain a well-rounded understanding of nonprofit communications while developing valuable skills in all facets of publicity, promotion and advertising.

Responsibilities:

    • Assist drafting publicity materials (press releases, pitches, photo tips), and outreach to press.
    • Maintain press archives and create press clips.
    • Contribute to Japan Society’s blog and social media sites.
    • Attend events and provide assistance for press check-in.
    • Maintain press database.
    • Construct press kits.
    • Research publicity, promotion and advertisement opportunities.
    • Distribution of promotional materials.
    • Administrative duties including data entry, filing, photocopying, etc.

Qualifications:

    • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word & Excel.
    • Ability to self-start and follow through on lengthy projects.
    • A consecutive 15-20 hours per week (including some evenings) commitment is preferred.
    • Interest in Japanese culture and Japanese language skills are a plus.

This is an unpaid internship. Please e-mail a cover letter and a resume to Kuniko Shiobara, at kshiobara@japansociety.org. No phone calls please.

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