JLPT is an internationally recognized test of Japanese proficiency which many employers acknowledge. Tests are administered twice a year worldwide (in July and December), but only in December in the U.S. The closest test location to Bates is Boston (MIT). For 2016 test (administered on December 4, 2016), online registration opens on August 29, 2016 and closes on October 3, 2016. 2016 Guide is found here.
Internship (recently participated by Bates students)
- The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Marina Dickson ’17 worked in Washington D.C. and Tokyo offices in the summer of 2015
- Ibaraki Christian University
Kaylyn Kipper ’16 taught English in the summer of 2015
- Consider approaching the Japan Foundation or the Consulate near your home
- Career Development Center (BCDC)
Many internships are unpaid. You are strongly encouraged to apply for Purposeful Work Grant through Career Development Center (BCDC) to pay for your living expenses.
Boston Career Forum is the largest career forum for bilinguals in Japanese and English, annually in November. Participating students are encouraged to make appointments for interviews in advance. This year it is held on November 18-20, 2016.
JET (The Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program
Official U.S. website
Majority of JET participants teach English in elementary, junior high, and/or high schools as ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). There are also positions for Coordinator for International Relation (CIR) who engage in internationalization, translation, and interpretation at local offices.
See this page for 2016 application information and past participants.
has a few teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. Application for the 2017-18 fellowship opens on September 1st, 2016, and closes on November 11th, 2016.
has a few Study/Research Awards for graduating seniors that combines further language study and independent research, placed at a local university outside of Tokyo. Two years of language study is required. Fields of study in Japan Studies, Pacific Rim Relations, Critical Issues of Contemporary Society, Transnational Issues of Global Society, or Education. in teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. There are no English Teaching Assistant Awards sent to Japan. For 2017-18 awards, online application opens on March 31, 2016 and closes on October 11th, 2016.
Other opportunities in Japan
- Private schools and some local municipalities hire ALTs directly. Kobe College is one example.
- There are companies that send ALTs, such as Interac and Altia Central. Read a story about subcontracted ALTs.
- Gaijin Pot is a job posting board for foreigners seeking a variety of jobs in Japan.
Alumni Profiles can be found on Keiko Ofuji’s website under the section “Former Students & TAs”