Ganbaru Internship

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The mission of the Ganbaru Internship is to cultivate young community leaders through meaningful contribution to the mission of the JCCCW.

Ganbaru means to ‘give one’s best effort’ in Japanese. Ganbaru Interns are invaluable team members who help produce JCCCW programs, events, and operations. The program is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and acquire meaningful skills while also contributing to the community. Students will develop a deeper understanding of issues such as culture and identity through project work, trips to local museums and community centers, and teamwork with JCCCW staff and volunteers.

We are looking for motivated applicants who can work in a dynamic office setting and have an interest in areas such as history, community engagement, education, art and culture.

The JCCCW is located in the International District/Central District of Seattle in historic buildings that have housed the Japanese Language School (JLS) since 1911. Interns will be stewards of the JCCCW and support our mission of sharing and promoting Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.

Ganbaru Interns at the JCCCW information tableGanbaru Interns and staff gather with Nikkei Bunko Library volunteers


JCCCW offers internships in several different areas. Each intern will focus on one or more of the following programs but will be expected to assist staff in daily operations and preparing for events; which include light physical labor setting up for events.  


Assist the JCCCW Marketing Coordinator in communicating with our membership, our media contacts, and members of the community. The Communications and Marketing Intern will assist with many different facets of communications which include: JCCCW website updates, writing press releases, drafting emails and print communications to our membership, developing content for our social media platforms, running our Instagram accounts (jccc_washington, and hosekibako_seattle).


Assist JCCCW Cultural Arts Coordinator in planning activities and performances for annual JCCCW cultural events and programs. Responsibilities include: fully develop family appropriate and engaging new activities and content (e.g. toys, games, artwork, awards, etc.) that focus on educating Japanese culture. We depend on Cultural Programs Interns to help organize activities for events, leading volunteers as an ‘Activity Lead,’ and assisting performances.

SUMMER QUARTER: Cultural Program Interns will assist us with:

  • JCCCW Summer Camp – a week-long day camp for children aged 8-15 that includes Japanese language and cultural activities. The Cultural Programs interns will assist with planning and leading cultural programs (e.g. games, crafts, dancing, etc.)
  • All Things Japanese Sale – an annual rummage sale hosted by the Hosekibako: Japanese Resale Shop at JCCCW. The sale features a wide variety of Japanese items that interns will be assisting us with identifying, pricing, and staging of items for the sale.


The Database Assistant Intern will assist the JCCCW Membership Coordinator in maintaining the integrity of the JCCCW donor and contact list database (PastPerfect software).  Duties include assisting in analyzing data to create useful information on the trends and status of our donor base, and then compiling all that data into useful information for how we can expand operations as an organization and develop fundraising campaigns.


Assist the JCCCW Marketing Coordinator in designing and producing marketing material such as newsletters, brochures, and fliers. Interns will directly assist in the fundraising, communications, and community outreach activities of the JCCCW. Experience with Adobe Suite highly desired.

For those interested in a museology or library sciences internship, please visit our webpage for Museology Internship and Library / Information Sciences Internships to apply.




    • WINTER, SPRING and FALL quarter Ganbaru Interns must fulfill a minimum of 10 hours per week in the office
    • SUMMER QUARTER interns must fulfill 20 hours per week in the office



    • 19 years old or older
    • Enrolled in a community college, university, or graduated from college within one year to the start of the internship
    • Be able to join scheduled weekend JCCCW events (see calendar below)



    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Able to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
    • Able to work independently and with JCCCW Staff
    • Keen interest in learning about Japanese and Japanese American history and culture
    • Knowledge of or experience with Japanese cultural arts



2017-2018 SESSIONS Start Date End Date APPLICATIONS DUE
FALL 2017 September 18 December 8 August 30
WINTER 2018 January 22 March 30 (Mandatory event on March 31st) November 10
SPRING 2018 April 9 June 8 February 16
SUMMER 2018 June 18 August 31 April 16

Start and End Dates are Flexible

JCCCW Event Calendar 2017


We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you into the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington!


We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you into the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington!

Ganbaru Internship Q&A


  •   Is the Ganbaru Internship program open to Graduate students
    • Yes.
  • I don’t speak Japanese. Is Japanese proficiency required to be a Ganbaru intern?
    •  No. Japanese language proficiency is not required, but may be helpful.
  • I’m not a native English speaker. Can I apply?
    •  Yes. Applicants from all backgrounds are welcomed.
  • Do I have to bring in my own laptop to work?
    • No. Laptops and workstations are available for interns to use.
  • I am 18 years old, can I apply?
    • Yes, if you will be 19 by the start of your internship.


  • What must I submit within my application?
    • We require an online application to be filled out, as well as your resume and cover letter.
  • Can I submit an application and send in my resume later?
    • No, your application will not be considered unless it is submitted with all of the required components through our online application page.
  • What is the ideal length for an internship?
    • One quarter is the minimum, but candidates who can commit longer are heavily preferred.
  • It’s been a week since I submitted my application and I haven’t heard anything back! What should I do?
    • All applications are considered and applicants will be contacted whether or not they are accepted. Please email Intern Coordinator at regarding the status of your application.
  • The application asks about intercultural experiences. What kind of experiences should I mention in this section?
    • We are interested in candidates that exemplify stewardship, sharing and engaging people in community and culture.
  • How do I cancel my application?
  • I’m interested in both a Museum and a Ganbaru Internship position, or multiple Ganbaru positions. Can I do more than one at once?
    • It is possible and dependent on the applicant’s interest level and availability.


  • Can I extend my internship after I finish my quarter?
    • Yes, we encourage staying on for more than one quarter.
  • I will be taking a week-long vacation during my internship time, will that be a problem?
    • In the ‘Availability’ section please note the vacation. The Intern Coordinator must be notified in advance so we can accommodate the schedule change.
  • Is it possible to have flexible internship hours?
    • A specific time schedule is not required. However, interns must coordinate times with their assigned JCCCW supervisors.
  • How do I get to JCCCW?





  • How is an internship different from volunteering?
    • Interns generally commit more time than regular volunteers and are assigned to accomplish specific projects while at JCCCW. If you cannot commit the required hours, consider volunteering with us!
  • Will I receive academic credit?
    • Interns are not required to earn credit, but may independently arrange to receive credit from their home college or university.
  • Is the Ganbaru internship paid?
    • The Ganbaru Internship is for school credit only (unpaid).
  • Why should I consider an internship at a non-profit?
    • JCCCW relies on intern and volunteer participation to operate. Interns gain hands-on, project-based experience and develop a deeper understanding of cultural issues and global awareness.
  • Is the JCCCW Ganbaru Internship a good fit if I’m interested in the JET Program?
    • Yes, JCCCW internships provide experience which fosters international awareness and intercultural exchange.