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Job: Japan Program Manager at the MIT Center for International Studies in the MISTI Program

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), MIT’s primary international program, sends hundreds of students abroad annually for internships and research in companies and labs. One of MISTI’s country programs, the MIT Japan Program, seeks a full-time program manager to advertise the internship program, recruit and interview MIT students for the program, and match accepted students with internships in Japan. The program manager will oversee an annual intern program budget to assure intern funding; find, propose, and develop new sources of funding; and arrange events/activities to steward current program sponsors. He/she will develop curricula for, and train interns in, Japanese culture, history, and politics as preparation for placement in Japanese host institutions; and plan and facilitate an annual intern retreat. The program manager will maintain close contact with the host institutions, and will make two or three annual visits to Japan to ensure the quality of the internship arrangements and to expand the pool of partners. He/she will organize on-campus events related to Japan (invited speakers, workshops, and conferences), and organize cultural events for the MIT community. The program manager will develop information materials about the program; and handle communication with Japanese firms, educational institutions, and collaborators. Administrative tasks include updating intern databases, managing and reviewing program accounts, and directing occasional student employees. The Japan program manager receives program goals from the faculty program director and day-to-day supervision from the associate director of MISTI. The start date of this position is July 1, 2014.

Qualifications: M.A. or M.S degree. At least three years of professional experience with Japan is required. Good cross-cultural communication skills are necessary. This includes excellent command of written and spoken Japanese and English. Good knowledge of Japan’s corporate world, higher education, and research system is required. The ability to grasp and communicate broad picture of the program to students, potential sponsors, and Japanese partners is important. Should have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with college students and alumni. Ability to work as part of a larger team is essential, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, schedule and account for complex intern travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and manage multiple tasks under pressure. Must be skilled using Microsoft Office applications, and open to learning database and web editing software. US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position.

You may apply online at using “10828” in the Job ID field.

Please direct any inquiries about the position to Robert Murray (rmurray at mit dot edu or 617-253-8064). Information about the MISTI Program can be found at

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