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Internship at USJI

Interns may participate in a variety of activities, including research, writing, translation, and organizing meetings and events. Specific internship duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Proofread the English versions of the USJI website, pamphlets and other publications
  2. Help organize USJI events in Washington, D.C.
  3. Attend seminars at other think tanks in D.C. and write summary reports in Japanese
  4. Support office management operations

1. Current Interns

Misaki Murase
Term: February to May, 2018
Rika Tanaka
Term: March to May, 2018
Profile: I am currently an exchange student at Georgetown University, and was originally studying International Legal Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. With the limited time I have in Washington DC, I finally decided to take an another step to expose myself to new experiences and challenges by stepping out from this tiny neighborhood, Georgetown.
Having been studying here in DC, I became more aware of the political, economic and cultural importance of the United States to Japan. Whichever direction Japan choose to follow, they should be more or less consistent with the long-standing cooperative system, and so it is inevitable to take them into serious consideration when framing either domestic or foreign policies.
As the one who is expected to lead the next generation of Japan, I believe there are needs for us to figure out how we should balance such necessity and our national interests on the basis of continuous and reliable research.
From this internship opportunity at USJI, I am hoping to confront as many as difficulties that possibly emerge in the future and gain higher analytical skills to explore potential solution for the issues. Not only do I seek for academic development in myself, I also want to take more time to see new stuff outside school and appreciate the environment I have been able to study in.
Karin Koizumi
Term: February to May, 2018
Profile: I am currently doing my exchange program at American University for a year, double majoring in International Relations and Marketing. Being able to study in D.C. is a once in a lifetime experience. There’s no end to the historic sites to visit, scenic view to take in around D.C. areas and last but not least, it is the capital of everything. Not to mention advantages of attending Congressional committee and subcommittee hearings on Capitol Hill.
My career goal is to become an ambassador for Japan in public relations. In this internship position, I can apply my knowledge as well as acquire practical skills. Not only in international relations field, but I also think this is relevant with my marketing studies. In marketing, the main focus is on international companies, and interning at the USJI office can provide me the chance to get real world experiences that are beyond business knowledge such as trade concerns between countries.
Also I am very thankful for the exposure this internship has given me; opportunities to connect with diverse people in inner city D.C. area. Through hands-on experience at this internship, I am hoping not only to complement and enhance my current knowledge in this field but also to meet wide range of people and departments.
Airi Hakamada
Term: January to May, 2018
Profile: I am a sophomore from the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, currently doing a 1-year exchange at The George Washington University, a great location in the heart of Washington DC (and only a few minutes’ walk from the USJI office). During this semester I am studying the history of America, Washington DC, and modern Japan. I hope to gain deeper understanding about contemporary issues concerning US-Japan relations by both learning about the history of each country and interning at the USJI office.
I love to walk to places, and because so many historical monuments, galleries, and museums are within walking distance, living in DC has been an ideal experience for me. Georgetown is my favorite place to go in DC, with great shops, a beautiful waterfront, and (most importantly) good boba. I wish to make the most of my time here at DC, and am certain that my internship at USJI will be a big part of it.
Risa Matsuura
Term: January to May, 2018
Profile: I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in Japan and studying abroad for a year at American University.
This is my first time to live in the country where people speak foreign language other than Japanese so that I have had many difficulties and hard time to stay and study in the United States. When I came to the U.S. for the first time, I struggle with everything that was new to me, such as speaking my second language. On the other hand, I have realized how much I am proud of my country, culture and history. Therefore, I joined a student organization called ZARON at American University. We created events such as cultural fair which had more than 200 participants and professional discussions about Asia-related topics with people who work at international organizations. These experiences make me feel much more interested in relationship between Japan and other countries. Since I am here in DC, which is the political center of U.S., I want to explore political fields that I am passionate about, and gain more knowledge through internship at USJI.

2. Past Interns

April 2017 – (8 interns)

Hitomi Yokoyama
Term: September,2017 to February, 2018

Momoko Yokoi
Term: September, 2017

Yuki Kato
Term: September, 2017

Sutian Wang
Term: May to July, 2017
Minami Kurokami
Term: May to June, 2017
Keigo Sakakibara
Term: May – June 2016, Jan. – May 2017
Taisei Yamaguchi
Term: January to May, 2017
Ryoga Ueda
Term: Nov. 2016 – May 2017

April 2016 – March 2017 (5 interns)

Trissia Wijaya
Term: February to March, 2017
Moeka Sakata
Term: May to June, 2016
Tsubasa Fujiyama
Term: May to June, 2016
Koki Toyama
Term: January to April, 2016
Miumi Hashimoto
Term: January to April, 2016

April 2015 – March 2016 (8 interns)

Yutaro Oka
Term: January to February, 2016
Ainiwaer Kudulaiti
Term: August, 2015 to February, 2016
Kaitlin Anna Beranek
Term: May to August, 2015
Ho Lun Kenneth Lee
Term: June to August, 2015

Kaoruko Kobayashi

Term: February to April, 2015
Ryosuke Ina
Term: December, 2014 to May, 2015
Zhengzheng Ma
Term: January, 2014 to May, 2015
Koh Matsuki
Term: February, 2015 to May, 2015

April 2014 – March 2015 (4 interns)

Shen Peng
Term: September to December, 2014
Yuki Nagahara
Term: September to December, 2014
Abigail Staysa
Term: May to July, 2014
Maaya Yokota
Term: May to July, 2014

April 2013 – March 2014 (3 interns)

Saki Kishimoto
Term: September to December, 2013
Risako Matsuura
Term: September to December, 2013
Kunihiro Shimoji
Term: June to September, 2013

April 2012 – March 2013 (5 interns)

James Tawney
Term: January to March, 2013
Yuki Yoshihisa
Term: Term: January to March, 2013
Alicia A. Rose (Nakajima)
Term: October to December, 2012
Rumi Fujii
Term: September to December, 2012
Terrance Reshay Robinson
Term: September to December, 2012

April 2011 – March 2012 (3 interns)

Patrick Gahr
Term: January to April, 2012
Alison Chang
Term: Term: September, 2011 to May, 2012
Meaghan Murphy
Term: June to September, 2011
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