Looking to gain experience in the non-profit industry or museum setting? The Japanese Friendship Garden offers a variety of un-paid internship opportunities to fulfill credit/hours for multiple durations.

To apply for the internship program and to learn more information on each project:

Current Opportunities

The opportunities listed below briefly explain our needed positions, or projects:

Cherry Blossom Festival (January-March)

Assist in coordinating the event, including the children’s craft area. Need to work both days of event and approx. 6-8 hours/week.

Summer Camp (July – Aug.)

Organizing and creating a variety of cultural and educational activities for grades K – 12. These annual programs will be beneficial for those who are interested in developing cultural understanding and for those interested in child development, or who just love to work with kids!

Gala and Awards Dinner (June – August)

Assisting in the planning and organization of our Gala and Awards Dinner, which invites a wide-range of community and corporate members. Intern will focus on corporate outreach and support, strategic marketing for the event, and silent/live auction organization.

School Outreach (January-June, 6-8 Hours/week)

Assist in coordinating and sending specialized arts and crafts programs to schools and after school programs around San Diego. Familiarity with Japanese culture and written/spoken Japanese and English ideal.

Docent Program Research (January-March, 6-8 Hours/week)

Assist in coordinating docent trainings and docent manual material, familiarity with Japanese culture/gardens/history ideal. Assist in coordinating communication among docents of new tour and training protocols.

Marketing & Social Media (on-going)

Enhancing the JFG’s current marketing efforts and creating marketing packages for upcoming annual events. Update and create web and social media content. Develop marketing segmentation for member database. Will work closely with the Event and Marketing Coordinator, as well as the Membership Coordinator.

Collections Management (January-March 6-8 hours/week)

Assist the registrar with both living and non-living collections data upkeep and organization. Help with background research and compilation of data for upcoming exhibitions. Installation and de-installation support for exhibitions. Art Reception support.

Library Management (on-going)

Assist the registrar with the archiving and cataloging of the JFG library. Research programs for online accessibility for educators and students to utilize.

NIWA Newsletter (on-going)

Assist in putting together the JFG bi-monthly newsletter, including organizing the articles and assist in content development. Research sponsors for paid advertisement in the newsletter and work with InDesign for page layouts.

Internship Policies

Internships may be started or terminated at any time at the discretion of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Students must show course materials and any relevant contracts required with their schools prior to beginning an internship and work on a consistent schedule.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is an equal opportunity employer.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is not set up at this time for interns to learn or practice languages as a primary focus of their internship, but will continue to work on this in the future. Internship needs are listed above and should be the primary focus of a student’s internship duties.

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