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). Register early as some locations fill up. For 2018 test (administered on December 2, 2018), online registration opens in August and closes in September. A test guide is found on the link above.
Internship (recently participated by Bates students)
- Center for Purposeful Work
Many internships are unpaid. You are strongly encouraged to apply for Purposeful Work Grant through the Center for Purposeful Work to pay for your living expenses.
- 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. The close ones from Bates College include the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston. and the Japan Foundation New York.
- The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) has an internship program to work on US-Japan cultural and educational exchange in their Washington D.C. office. See their website and Facebook page for the timing and details.
- Top Career International connects job seekers overseas with Japanese companies looking for applicants overseas. Sign up to get notified of internship opportunities, job postings, etc.
- 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.
- US Career Fair 2017 is held in San Francisco on October 14 and 15, hosted by Top Career International. Check out Top Career’s website for future career fairs.
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. Application information becomes available in October, and the deadline is November.
has a few teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. Application for the 2018-19 fellowship closes on November 9th, 2017.
has six Study/Research Awards for graduating seniors for 2019-20 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. For 2019-20 awards, online application closes on October 9th, 2018.
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”