Now in its 18th year, the Nikkei Community Internship is the best opportunity for college students to build networks, professional skills, and make an impact in the Japanese American community.
Occurring during the summer, our Internship is a paid, 8-week, full-time internship experience designed to help you make your mark in the community. Participants have the opportunity to intern in Southern California through Kizuna, or Northern California through the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC).
Design and implement impactful projects, meet community leaders and build your legacy by helping to shape our community’s future in Kizuna's internship program.
Work experience is the most valuable asset to list on your resume. Through building professional skills, networks and a resume worthy full-time working experience, NCI prepares you for your future career.
This will be the 18th year of the Kizuna's Internship program. The program is now one of the most well known internships in the Japanese American community.
Our internship program provides the networks and skill set to be involved long after the program has completed.
The internship program is a great way to get to know the landscape of the Japanese American community.
Our graduates have gone on to do great work in the community through employee & volunteer positions. Even Kizuna was created by alumni of this program!
"Growing up in Orange County, I didn't have much of a connection to the Japanese-American community until the Nikkei Community Internship. NCI introduced me to the many organizations and individuals that have worked for provide better opportunities my generation and inspired me to do the same. At a time when many communities are struggling to develop new leadership, NCI has now produced countless board members and community voices to ensure the Japanese American community thrives for generations to come."
- Cory Hayashi, Vice President, Credit Risk Officer of CH Cook & Co., 2003 Intern
"As a participant of the Nikkei Community Internship program, one of the impactful aspects of the program was getting to meet community leaders that have made incredible strides on behalf of the Japanese American community. As I continue forward in my career path, I still remember clearly the stories of passion and drive told by the community leaders that have come before us. Thanks to the NCI program one of my goals in life has become a dedication for the Japanese American community, the same community that has helped shape the person I am today."
- Michelle Okawa, Department Coordinator, Department of Asian & Asian American Studies, CSULB, 2014 Intern
"The Nikkei Community Internship gave me real life work experience, allowed me to network, and invested me in the community. Through the program, I learned more about how I want to shape my career. Since I graduated, I started working at Keiro and have continued to develop my passion for our community as I become more involved."
- Bryce Ikemura, Keiro Program Associate, 2015 Intern
In order to gain the best understanding of our candidates, our internship application utilizes a two-step process of vetting and selecting interns.
You can begin your application by clicking here (or any of the other “apply” links on the page). The application is online and will require two additional attachments: 1) resume, 2) video personal statement.
Candidates selected to move on to the interview stage will be given an interview time and location. An interview team will ask the candidate a series of questions to better get to know the interests, skill set and qualifications of each candidate. Some candidates may be asked to attend additional interviews with participating organizations.
NCI offers an opportunity to work on projects with real community impact. Interns feel a sense of satisfaction from their experience with NCI because they’ve made a difference. Interns also leave NCI with a strong sense of community needs and solutions.