are accepted each fall for an internship beginning the following September
and lasting 11-12 months.
The application deadline for the program is
(postmarked or emailed by 11:59pm EST) December 15.
Here to Download Application
Here for Job Description
note the new stipend amount^
Code of Conduct
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Intern Eligibility: Applicants must be between
the ages of 18-25 at the time of application. Interns serve as friendship
and cultural ambassadors. Applicants should have a strong interest in
language learning through LEX language clubs, international exchange,
Japanese culture and world cultures, working with people of all ages,
and living with host families for one year. Prior knowledge of Japanese
is not required, but applicants must be willing to immerse themselves
in Japanese and other languages. Previous participation in LEX activities
and homestay programs is encouraged, but not required for this position.
Members of our exchange partner organizations (4-H, TGE, PIE in Utah,
and ERDT) are strongly encouraged to apply. Essential qualities in an
applicant include strong communication skills, maturity, flexibility,
enthusiasm, and an openness toward all languages and all people. For
previous work experience, we look for strong office skills, organizational
skills, public speaking skills, writing skills, and experience or potential
in counseling and orienting exchange students. The intern experience
is closer to an exchange program, with emphasis on human relationships
and learning through discovery, rather than a professional work experience
in the traditional sense.
This year there are 6 interns
in Tokyo - one each from the U.S., Mexico, Korea, Austria, and two from
China. It is likely that we will continue to have interns from different
countries working together in our Tokyo office.
The interns will act as a cultural
and friendship ambassador, an assistant exchange program coordinator,
and will actively enjoy and promote LEX language club activities in
Responsibilities include, but are not
limited to, the following:
lots of friends;
-Helping collect and review delegate applications;
-Helping with English interviews for
prospective delegates (yearlong);
-Helping send off students to other countries;
-Orienting delegates about North American life, high school life,
cultural differences, etc.; -Counseling foreign students in Japan
-Acting as a communication liaison between Japan and the USA/Canada,
as well as other countries;
-Participating in preparation meetings, workshops, and orientations;
-Helping write and edit English language documents;
-Giving presentations on North American holidays and culture to elementary
and junior high school students;
-Visiting language clubs around Japan as a participant and to help
promote our language clubs.
Interns will find that one of
the benefits of working for LEX is the great people! Interns work
with terrific people, from the staff to language club members and
fellows, who will provide a lot of support and encouragement!
See the Job Description and Code
of Conduct links for more information.
Making Friends is
I feel I have developed a strong ability
to communicate with others both verbally and nonverbally and
developed an understanding of just how important communication
I have become more aware of my cultural
upbringing compared to countries around the world and can
recognize the influence of American culture on my personal
I built lifelong relationsihp with
so many people and I am really glad I was able to become a
member of 2 Japanese families. It taught me a lot about how
to work through things with people and problem solve difficult
I have changed in a large number of
ways of the course of the year but I think the most obvious
being my confidence and renewed sense of self that I wouldn't
have realized if I stayed in Boston last year.
My interest in learning other languages
has increased by a lot. I live in a Hispanic part of town
now and I really love being able to see and hear all the Spanish
that I recognize from LEX/Hippo.
It is so important, now more than ever,
to be able to be "international-friendly." Meaning,
it will help when I am looking for jobs when people see that
I was able to spend a year living in Japan and working. It
shows that I am a good problem solver, willing to take risks
and have experience working in an international setting.
I think the most important thing during
this internship is to make lots of friends. It's important
for your work and also important for your state of being.
Former LEX Intern