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Internship Positions and Application

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JLL Technologies

Location: Tokyo, or virtually online

Organization Description

JLL buys, builds, occupies and invests in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate.From tech startups to global firms, our clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing and technology.

This position is with the JLL Technologies Team in Tokyo.


Language Requirements: Japanese is helpful, but not required

Compensation: Unpaid, but local commute costs are covered for in-person internships

Housing: Not provided - intern finds own housing in Tokyo or works remotely

Job Categories: Technology & Engineering

Positions Available

Technologies Team Intern

Position Description:

  • Provide overall support for the JLL Technologies Team
  • Assist on various projects including but not limited to:
    • Data analytics, visualization, input, consolidation, extraction, maintenance, etc.
    • Geography Information System (GIS) and location intelligence
    • Exploratory research on blockchain, IoT, AI, and its applicability to real estate
  • Dates and hours are flexible from May to August

Desired Qualifications:

  • Coding/programming skills such as SQL, Python, C++, Java, and/or others
  • Interest and passion in technology and innovation
  • Team player
  • Innovative and creative mindset
  • Self-starter and learner
  • Good command of English. Japanese is helpful, but not required; for internships located in Tokyo, basic Japanese proficiency is helpful for everyday living

Number of Positions Available: 1

The PhotoVoice Project

Location: Ann Arbor, or virtually online

Organization Description

The PhotoVoice Project works with women affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster of 2011, documenting their stories through their own written words (“voices”) and photography. These photo-voice sets are then presented through panel events, books, and online archives, with an aim to better inform public opinion and policy on humanitarian concerns in disaster response. 

The current position works with U-M faculty in translating and archiving these voices into English from Japanese.

Website:, or   

Language Requirements: Japanese (JLPT N2 recommended); Native-like fluency of English

Compensation: Unpaid, but meal covered with in-person meetings

Housing: Not provided

Job Categories: Translation, Public & Social Service, Humanitarian Work

Positions Available

Japanese-English Translator

Position Description

  • Translate written Japanese to English
  • Meeting regularly with supervisors to edit and refine translations (once per week)
  • Format translations for web upload and publishing according to style guides
  • Some web page development as needed, and if able

Desired Qualifications

  • Japanese proficiency (JLPT N2)
  • Near native English proficiency, and excellent writing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in Japan, NPOs, and humanitarian work
  • Self-starter able to work independently with assignment-based work
  • Web development experience desired, but not required (e.g. Wordpress)

Number of Positions Available: 2

The Association of Asian Studies (AAS)

Location: Virtually online

Organization Description

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the study of and dissemination of knowledge about Asia. The Association has approximately 6,500 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines.

The AAS Internship Program operates within AAS’s vision of scholarship, outreach, and education. The goal of the internship program is to provide opportunities for area-studies graduate students to use their research and writing skills to support educational and digital media initiatives. 

Website:, or

Language Requirements: English; knowledge of Asian area-studies and languages helpful

Compensation: TBD

Housing: Not provided

Job Categories: Research, Communications & Marketing, Education

Positions Available:

Digital Content & Programming Assistant

Position Description

  • Duties include scanning materials; research; writing content for website and social media; assisting with social media and visual web elements; creating spreadsheets; filing and data entry; editing/updating content in WordPress additional marketing and/or communications tasks as assigned.
  • Dates and hours are flexible from May - August

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate Student in International/Area Studies. Graduate students specializing in Asian Studies will be preferred, initially, but we are open to students from other areas of study.
  • Essential Skills: The candidates must demonstrate strong writing and editing skills as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is desired. The candidate must demonstrate attention to detail, organization, and time management as well as a strong sense of initiative and reliability. Although not required, familiarity with photo editing and design software, experience working in WordPress, working knowledge of HTML and the ability to organize analytics, reports and bulk data from social media are also desired. Training in the latter skill set will be provided if necessary.

Number of Positions Available: 2