Research Program Internship

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Sep 01

Position description

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, American institution located in Washington, D.C. and devoted to research, analysis, and better understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Research programs focus on security, economics, business, trade, cybersecurity, and other common challenges.

The Research Program Intern will assist with fellows’ research, event logistics, publication distribution, contact database management, program development, and other administrative tasks as needed.

This position requires a time commitment of about 20–35 hours per week on a flexible schedule. The Research Program Intern’s tasks will be tailored to individual experience and research interests.

The Research Program Internship will start in September and last until December with the possibility of an extension. The deadline to apply is Sept 8, 2017.


·        Update and manage extensive contact database

·        Perform research on select U.S.-Japan issues and new programs

·        Event planning/logistics (RSVP management, invitations, site visits, etc.)

·        Attend and produce reports on conferences, meetings, and other programs though Sasakawa USA and affiliated organizations

·        Other administrative responsibilities as needed



·        Current student in or graduate of Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Studies or related field (Political Science, International Relations, East Asian Studies, History, etc.)

·        Demonstrated interest in the U.S.-Japan relationship

·        Residence in or around the Washington metropolitan area.

·        Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Google Drive, and Windows.

·        Excellent English language writing, editing, and research skills

·        Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

·        Ability to carry out tasks independently while reporting progress to a team

·        Professional, “can do, will do” attitude

·        Flexible schedule

·        Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Skills:

·        Current student in or graduate of Master’s Degree program in Japanese Studies or related field.

·        Japanese reading and writing ability (N3 or better)

·        Japanese-to-English translation experience

·        Event planning experience

·        Knowledge of Constant Contact or other email contact management system

·        Strong Japanese language research skills

Application instructions

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Brian Graf. Cover letter should detail your interest in Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your dates of availability. Include your name and the title “Research Intern” in the subject line.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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