Individual Giving Summer Intern

Academic Credits





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.


Japan Society’s Development office seeks applicants for Summer 2018 interns to assist with daily operations related to Membership and Individual Giving at Japan Society. Working with the Individual Giving team, this is an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fundraising and non-profit management at an internationally-recognized nonprofit cultural organization with a distinguished 110-year history.


  • Conduct research and identify new prospect members and merchant partners
  • Produce donor reports
  • Represent the Individual Giving team by managing customer service inquiries via phone and e-mail and assist with e-communications to members
  • Assist with membership renewals each month, including the printing, mailing, copying and filing of all high-level gift renewals
  • Print and mailing individual gift acknowledgment letters
  • Fulfill membership benefits such as catalogue distribution, ticket offers and special member events
  • Provide staff support at various Society events
  • Process and mail matching gift applications
  • Assist with donor-recognition and cultivation events
  • Complete other general administrative tasks as needed



  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task and work independently  
  • Must be a dependable team player who can excel in a busy office environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word) and basic research skills
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus


Dates of Summer Internship & Time Commitment:

  • June 4th-August 9th, 2018
  • Approximately 20 hours per week
  • Option of extending internship in the fall




Learning Opportunities:

  • Learn the ins and outs of a membership program
  • Database skill development and general office skill development
  • Develop internal and external communication skills
  • Practical research and project management skill development
  • Depending on internship length, direct project and/or campaign support


To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Please indicate “Individual Giving 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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