Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at the JICC. We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Digital Media Coordinator

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Digital Media Coordinator. This individual is responsible for supporting the JICC’s goal to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by maintaining and managing the JICC website and social media platforms. This position also entails other duties with events held at the JICC, and responding to public inquiries about Japan. Please see below for a more detailed listing of responsibilities.


Working hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday with weeknight and/or weekend events several times a month (paid overtime). The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.



  • Maintaining and updating the JICC website, including graphic design, copy/content editing, and video editing
  • Managing JICC social media including Facebook
  • Drafting reports, letters and emails for diplomats
  • Organizing and assisting with cultural events and computer-related issues
  • Disseminating Japan-related information to the public and responding to inquiries
  • General office responsibilities, including supporting other staff members as need arises

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field
  • Familiarity with web programming (HTML/CSS)
  • Proficiency with Adobe Dreamweaver (or strong web coding background)
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and general design principles
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness; ability to multitask and both follow directions and take initiative

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Japanese language proficiency
  • Familiarity with web programming (HTML/CSS)
  • Good understanding of Japanese culture, and experience living or working in Japan
  • Experience with photography and photo/video editing

    Technical Question:
    Please answer one of the following in a few sentences:
    1. How does one validate markup in Dreamweaver, and why is this useful?
    2. How is CSS different from HTML and why is CSS useful?


To apply:

Resume, cover letter and a copy of university transcript (need not be official) including your answer about the technical question above should be submitted in a .doc (Word) file format to jicchr@ws.mofa.go.jp . Please note in the subject line of your email “Digital Media Coordinator”.
Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

You can download a PDF of this information here (right-click on the link, then Save As).

Internship Opportunity

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part- to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Fall 2014. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between the two cultures through various activities, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.



  • Enrolled in a four-year degree program and have at least two years of undergraduate study completed. Graduate students may also apply.
  • Enrolled in a U.S. accredited university throughuot duration of internship.
  • Major in International Studies, Japanese Studies, Asian American Studies, Public Diplomacy, Political Science, or a related field.


  • English: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
  • Japanese: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work successfully both indepenently and in teams.


  • Interns are required to work at least 12 hours per week. Generally these hours are between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. On occasion, interns are asked to work evening/weekend events.
  • Interns must be available to begin and end the internship within a week or two of the specified Internship Term. See below for specific Internship Term information.


  • Candidates must either (a) receive credit for the internship, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript.
  • Candidates selected for an interview must have an in-person interview at the JICC or at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. during business hours.
  • This position is open to Japanese and American Citizens. The JICC, Embassy of Japan cannot sponsor visas for Japanese citizens.

Intern Job Description

Interns at the JICC contribute to and participate in valuable cultural and international relations programs and events by assisting diplomats and public relations professionals. Specific duties include:

  • Participating in JICC’s School Program, a cultural presentation about Japan for local school-children and students
  • Conducting research and drafting letters to respond to inquiries from the public
  • Creating resource materials to educate the public on Japanese culture
  • Preparing for and assisting with events
  • Assisting Japanese diplomats and JICC staff

Application Process (Application language is English):

1. Applications are only accepted during the specified dates below:

Internship Term Application Period
Fall 2014 (early September - early December) July 8, 2014 - August 4, 2014

2. Email your resume and cover letter as a PDF file to Ms. Noe Steadly at noe.steadly@ws.mofa.go.jp. Due to the high volume of applications received, consideration of your application cannot be guaranteed if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

3. Candidates chosen to be interviewed must submit all of the following documents at their interview:

  • Document(s) certifying that the intern candidate will either (a) receive credit, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript
  • Copy of Student ID (2 copies)
  • Copy of Passport (2 copies)
  • Copy of U.S. Student Visa (Japanese students only; 2 copies)
  • Copy of Driver's License (2 copies)
  • College Transcript - unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Recommendation Letter from the Dean, Department Head or Student Advisor

If you have any questions, please contact the Intern Coordinator, Noe Steadly at noe.steadly@ws.mofa.go.jp.

You can download a PDF of this information here (right-click on the link, then Save As).