Become an Intern

Beginning in 2013, we have had a team of interns working with us. They receive credit for their first semester and are paid hourly for their second semester. They develop and implement outreach programs, develop online resources, handle social media and communications. With the very first programs the students planned and coordinated, the level of interest and attendance by student population increased exponentially. This student-based initiative has strongly increased recognition across the student community and provided the interns with a powerful experience in cultural understanding and public outreach. It has been an absolute joy to work with these students and we are excited every fall to welcome a new group of interns!

Words from past interns

How to Apply

Japan House is seeking students who are deeply interested in promoting traditional Japanese Arts and Culture. This program will provide students educational opportunities to learn the basics of Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea, the art of Japanese cooking and many other facets of traditional Japanese Arts. Furthermore, this internship will give students an opportunity to assist in the development of student-focused programming and contribute to outreach efforts through social media.

At this point in time, this course will be a hybrid course in which some sessions will take place in person and others online via Zoom. When meeting in person, students must follow University policies and protocols of testing, mask-wearing, social distancing and use of Safer Illinois app for building access.

Applications are now closed. Applications will open in the spring in late February/March. You may email with further questions or follow Japan House's social media or newsletter to apply.

What You’ll be Doing

  • Spending approximately 10 hours per week at Japan House throughout the 15-week academic calendar (including class time)
  • Giving public tours on Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and every third Saturday of the month
  • Developing and implementing engagement programming (primarily focusing on students)
  • Updating and maintaining Japan House's collection of kimono, scrolls and other Japanese objects
  • Assisting in engagement efforts through social media
  • Designing, developing and crafting products for the annual Mottainai Bazaar in December, and assisting in coordination, set-up and participation of special programming like Tsukimi (moonviewing) and other festivals
  • General assistance in organization of Japan House facilities
  • Attend weekly meetings

*Activities and events will be adjusted to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and regulations. Some activities may be online such as with virtual tours and tea ceremonies.

We Expect

  • Interest in Japanese Arts and Culture
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other interns and Japan House administration
  • Willingness to interact with a wide array of individuals with respect and utmost consideration
  • A sense of commitment and responsibility with willingness to take initiative
  • Active status as an enrolled undergraduate of the University of Illinois and registration for ARTJ399: Japan House Internship (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00) for fall

We Provide

  • 3 hours of academic credit for ARTJ 399 Special Topics in Design: Japan House Internship
  • A chance to become part of the Japan House family
  • Community classes, programming, and workshops
  • Unique cultural experiences and events
  • A beautiful garden to offer tranquility