Career Video Collection

Watch videos with career advice from people who use Japanese in their jobs on the Japanese Career Video page.


Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

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), however, it is not available in 2021. The closest in 2021 is New York. Register early as some locations fill up. For a December test, online registration opens in August and closes in September. A test guide is found on the link above.

Internship (recently participated by Bates students)


Job Fairs
  • 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 (start in the summer), and to practice interviews in English and in Japanese. Sophomores and juniors may also be interested for internship opportunities. 2021 Forum is completely online and open from summer until November.


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. Application information becomes available in October, and the deadline is November.


Princeton in Asia

has a few teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. Application is generally due in early November.


Fulbright U.S. Study/Research Awards to Japan

has very 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, Issues of Global Society, or Education. in teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. There are no English Teaching Assistant Awards sent to Japan. Online application is generally due in early October.

Other opportunities in Japan


Alumni Profiles can be found on Keiko Ofuji’s website under the section “Former Students & TAs”