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2017 Recipients of Japan Internship Initiative

Shreyas Bindal

College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Shreyas is a rising sophomore who spent 2 months making beer at Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki. While he is still not completely sure about what he wants to major in, Shreyas plans to get involved with the alcohol industry in India and hopes that someday he can start his own line of beers and spirits.

Adam Bowen

Residential College, LSA
Adam is a junior in the Residential College studying Creative Writing and Literature and Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, minoring in Asian Languages and Cultures. After graduation, he plans to work in media writing about fashion, art, and culture, write creatively, and eventually get a Doctorate focusing on art, culture, and identification. Adam spent six weeks in Ishinomaki, Japan at Moriumius, an NPO nature camp and educational facility, learning about sustainability, natural resources, and Japanese traditional methods for accomplishing them.

Julianna Davidek

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Julianna is an LSA senior majoring in International Studies with a subplan of Comparative Culture and Identity. After graduating, she wants to work in a field that emphasizes cross-cultural connections and promotes international relations. She plans to work at a university or office with study abroad/internship programs where she could help others have international experiences like hers. Julianna spent three months in Ogatsu, Japan interning for Moriumius, a nonprofit formed in the wake of the 3/11 tsunami. She was a sub-guide for both adult and children’s educational programs and involved with the day-to-day maintenance of the facilities.

Anika Dholakia

Ross School of Business
Anika is an incoming sophomore in the Ross School of Business who is interested in the field of Consulting.  She plans to have a career that allows her to work globally or have the opportunity to communicate with international business units.  Anika spent six weeks in Hamamatsu as an HR Consulting Intern at Roland DG Corporation.  She developed solutions to further improve global and internal communication within the company. 

Nia Lee

Stamps School of Art & Design
Nia is a upcoming senior at the Stamps School of Art & Design whose planning on getting a minor in Asian Languages and Culture with a focus in Japanese. After graduation, she plans to apply for the JET Program to continue her language studies until she comes back to America to work in animation. Eventually she hopes to learn many other languages and get to a high enough position in the animation industry to travel more. Nia spent almost three months interning at a college in Kyoto called the Kyoto College of Arts & Crafts as an English teaching assistant.

Sooyeon Lee

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Soo is a senior studying International Studies and Asian Studies with a Concentration in Japanese. She is interested in community development and Japanese gender studies. Soo spent ten weeks in Ogatsu with Moriumius, an NGO focused on sustainability doing administrative work, eating local sea pineapple, and preparing the outdoor baths.

Kai Mason

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Kai is an English major on the pre-law track. As an American and Japanese dual citizen, Kai was heavily affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. and has been waiting always for the opportunity to volunteer. She will spend the summer working at Moriumius, a sustainable children's camp working to revitalize the town of Ogatsu in Miyagi, Japan, following the disaster. After graduation, she hopes to use her fluency in English and Japanese to work all around the world before attending law school, where she plans to focus on human rights law.

Sandra Plamondon

Ross School of Business
Sandra is a junior at the Ross School of Business with a minor in International Studies. She spent summer 2017 interning at Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate company, in Tokyo. Her main projects included assisting with the release of global research reports, client events, and researching technology in real estate. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career that is connected with Japan.

Andrew Pridemore

College of Literature, Science, and Arts
Andrew is a Senior in the International Studies program focusing on the Middle East with dual minors in Persian culture and Islamic studies. After graduation, he plans on moving into business in the alcohol industry selling beer, wine, and spirits. His internship at Kiuchi Brewery this past Summer helped him to focus his energy toward learning more about the industry and gaining an appreciation for the hard work and technique that goes into creating high-quality beer. He is very satisfied with his work in Japan and will further the knowledge and experience gained from the internship into a full-time career in the near future.

Davis White

College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Davis is a sophomore intending to major in computer science, and is also considering a second major in Asian studies relating to Japanese. He has a strong interest in Japanese history, culture, and language, and intends to live in Japan. Davis spent six weeks in Hamamatsu, Japan this summer for an internship at Roland DG, working in the IT department.

Tiantian Zhang

School of Engineering
Tiantian is a freshman majoring in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, she plans to focus on biomedical engineering and is particularly interested in the topic of optogenetics. She wishes to be involved in research and education eventually. Tiantian spent 8 weeks in ITNAV Ishinomaki to learn web design and microprocessor programming with Arduino.

Mason Dial

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Kyoto College of Arts and Crafts

Kavin Pawittranon

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Moriumius