Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Paid Communications & Education Internship with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Position description

Communications and Education Internship – Paid
Winter-Spring 2018
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, American institution located in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to strengthening US-Japan relations through education, programs and research. Research programs focus on security, economics, business, trade, cybersecurity, and other common challenges. Education programs seek to improve public understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship in the United States and strengthen people-to-people ties between the two countries through delegations, roundtable discussions and public forums.
The Communications and Education Intern will work primarily for the Communications Manager to support the upkeep and growth of Sasakawa USA’s websites, social media pages, and newsletters; drafting event recaps, press releases, items on current news events, and other items to feature in digital communications; and assisting with media and event logistics for various public outreach programs. In addition, on as needed basis, s/he will support the Education Program team with contact database management and program logistics.
Internship positions are open until filled and require time commitments of no more than 34 hours per week on a flexible schedule. Sasakawa USA will pay interns a minimum wage of $12.50/hour. The deadline to apply is December 29, 2017.
Winter-Spring internships can start in mid-January and last until the end of May, but a successful candidate may be offered the opportunity to extend his or her internship beyond that timeline.
·       Draft content for website to include newsletters, press releases, blog posts, event recaps, and items on current news of interest to Sasakawa USA
·       Format and input approved content into WordPress backend for publication to Sasakawa websites
·       Monitor social media pages to both grow following and ensure a robust outreach presence
·       Update and manage extensive contact database
·       Event planning and logistics (RSVP management, media logistics, invitations, site visits, etc.)
·       Attend and cover various conferences, producing content including copy, photos, and videos
·       Monitor media and press for coverage of Sasakawa USA
·       Assist in keeping staff and public up to date on latest news on Sasakawa USA, senior leadership, and U.S.-Japan relations
·       Perform research on select U.S.-Japan issues and new programs as needed
·       Other administrative responsibilities as needed


·       Current students OR recent graduates earning a Bachelor’s OR Master’s Degree in Japanese Studies, Communications, Journalism, English or a related field (Political Science, International Relations, East Asian Studies, History, etc.)
·       Demonstrated interest in U.S.-Japan relations
·       Excellent writing, editing, and research skills (English language)
·       Strong computer skills including working knowledge of MS Office
·       Experience with WordPress or other digital content management systems
·       Knowledge of professional decorum in use of social media
·       Well organized with attention to detail and willingness to learn new skillsets
·       Ability to carry out tasks independently while updating progress to a team
·       Authorization to work in the United States
·       Must reside in or around the Washington, DC Metro area
Preferred Skills:
·       Experience curating and growing social media following
·       Experience with Constant Contact or other mass email system
·       Knowledge and experience applying best practices in SEO to grow web traffic
·       Willingness to be proactive and take initiative
·       Event planning experience
·       Japanese language ability a major plus
30-34 hours/week on flexible schedule at $12.50/hour

Application instructions

To apply, please send resume, one page writing sample, and cover letter to Ms. Susan Dalzell. Cover letter should detail your interest in Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your dates of availability. Include your name and the title “Communications Intern” in the subject line. The deadline is Friday, December 29, 2017. To apply please send an email to: sdalzell@spfusa.org