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Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open

March 7, 2018
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YKK Corporation’s educational foundation, The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, is currently seeking Japanese nationals to participate in a 9-12 month paid internship at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Candidates with background in African Studies, Humanities, Law, Political Science or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization committed to improving human rights, alleviating human suffering, preventing and resolving conflicts, enhancing freedom and democracy, and improving health.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess Japanese citizenship
  • Have a background in African Studies, Humanities, Law, Political Science, Economics, Management, Sociology, International Relations, Peace Studies, Pathology, or Public Health or a related field
  • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree (or have completed their degree by the start of the internship program). Candidates may be currently enrolled in graduate school. College graduates are only eligible if they have completed their studies within the last two years.
  • Have strong English language skills (TOEFL 600, CBT 250, or iBT 100)

The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation will provide the scholarship recipient with round trip airfare from Japan to Atlanta and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

The deadline to apply is April 27, 2018.

Details in Japanese can be found by visiting the Yoshida Scholarship Foundation website at http://www.ysf.or.jp/scholarship/visitor/universal/cc_guideline.html.

Read about current intern Yasuhito Minami’s experience below. Minami started working in the Principal Gifts Development department last year.

I have been working in the Principal Gifts Development of the Carter Center under the support of the Yoshida Scholarship Foundation since August, 2017. The Center,  founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in 1982 to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in communities worldwide, is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization. My department plays an essential role that fundraising all over the world and conducting worldwide projects in areas such as resolving conflicts, advancing democracy, protecting human rights, preventing disease, and improving mental health care.

My primary duties are researching backgrounds of prospective international donors and organizations, creating prospect briefings and reports, and assisting supervisors in preparing for donor meetings and business trips. Although, I occasionally faced challenging situations caused by the lack of US work experience and the language barrier at first, the warm support from my colleagues and 12 years of former business experience in Japan helped me get used to the environment and I am currently having a fulfilling internship life. In addition, thanks to the characteristic of my department that builds and maintains a good relationship with donors, I have more opportunity to see President Carter than other interns and that is another reason why I am satisfied with my internship.

President Carter -Yasuhito Minami – Jim Reed – Jessica Cork – Alex Gregory