Performing Arts Summer Intern




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.


Since 1953, Japan Society’s Performing Arts Program has presented well over 600 of the finest Japanese theater, dance and music events. Summer interns will gain experience with preparing workshops, performances and collaborative projects between artists in the U.S. and Japan, and will benefit from gaining an in-depth knowledge of the leading artists in theater, dance and music from Japan.


  • Assist with preparations for upcoming and future performances/workshops/ ancillary events
  • Assist with devising and implementing outreach strategies for marketing and promotion efforts for upcoming performances/workshops
  • Support with front of house operations at performances/workshops
  • Manage the upkeep and maintenance of Performing Arts archives, database and press files
  • Daily administrative support, including filing, mailings and copying
  • Translation and proofreading support as needed



  • Strong communication, writing skills, and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with and interest in Performing Arts, familiarity with Japanese Performing Arts a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team setting
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and experience with social marketing tools, familiarity with movie editing software a plus
  • Fluency in verbal and written English required; fluency in verbal and written Japanese language a plus


Dates of Summer Internship & Time Commitment:

  • June 4th-August 9th, 2018
  • 3 or more days per week, days and hours are flexible
  • Some evening hours are required when there are programs





Learning Opportunities:

  • Deeper understanding of performing arts venues and cultural organizations across NYC
  • Closer look at how to program and promote events in performing arts in NYC
  • Opportunities to access Japan Society’s extensive archive on Japanese performance
  • A chance to see the nuts and bolts behind international collaborative projects between artists in the U.S. and Japan
  • In-depth knowledge of the leading artists in theater, dance and music from Japan


To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Please place "Performing Arts Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.


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, ttp://

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