Film Summer Intern

Hours per week

3 days per week




333 East 47th Street
New York
New York
United States



Japan Society is sponsoring a 10-week summer intern program from Monday, June 4th through Thursday, August 9th, 2018 for college and graduate students as well as recent graduates. The program offers part-time unpaid internships that provide a wide range of opportunities for participants to learn about non-profit administration in a cultural institution, obtain job market skills and experience, and gain an appreciation of Japanese history, arts and culture.


The summer internship offers candidates interested in film festivals and non-profit arts administration an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge through the organization and execution of JAPAN CUTS. Interns will come away with a greater understanding of the issues involved with festival programming and international cultural exchange, and will gain collaborative and strategic skills relevant to work in the film industry and non-profit sector.


  • Research and data organization
  • Email and social media marketing and promotional outreach
  • Print material drop-off at relevant venues and institutional spaces
  • Film screening support including ushering and ticket handling
  • Archiving film screeners and updating databases
  • General administrative tasks (filing, mailing, copying, etc.)
  • Translation and proofreading support (when applicable)



  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-organized and able to multi-task
  • Self-motivated with strong sense of initiative
  • Able to work efficiently within a team
  • Comfortable handling crowds in a customer service environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable about or interested in Japanese cinema
  • Some familiarity with New York City film culture is preferred
  • Fluency in reading/writing and speaking Japanese not necessary, but strongly preferred

Dates of Summer Internship & Time Commitment:

  • June 4th-August 9th, 2018
  • 6 hours per day, 3 days a week


  • Weekend and evening hours are required when there is a screening
  • Work hours and commitment will increase during Japan Cuts Film Festival

(July 19-29, 2018)


Learning Opportunities:

  • Issues related to film programming
  • Greater understanding of contemporary Japanese cinema
  • Outreach strategies and skills
  • Interoffice communication
  • Film screening operational logistics
  • Guest hospitality and customer service


To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Please indicate “Film Program Intern” in email subject line.



While internships are unpaid, Japan Society values its interns and provides the following benefits:

  • Free or reduced-priced admission to Japan Society programs;
  • Free admission for intern and guest to New York City museums;
  • In-service training workshops for interns.



Japan Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and welcomes a diverse workforce.



Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. For more information, visit our website,

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