The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is looking for a qualified intern to support the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. The Program produces impactful and innovative programming for program participants who have experienced a TOMODACHI program to take the next step in their journey. We seek an intern who can assist the Alumni Manager and participate in various stages of engagement to support the next generation of leaders dedicated to the U.S.-Japan relationship.
The intern hired for this position will need strong critical thinking skills and excellent attention to detail in order to integrate into our vibrant and passionate team. Be prepared to work in our fast-paced bilingual and bicultural working environment. You will finish this internship having gained a broad experience in various aspects of project management, marketing, social media, nonprofit, public-private partnerships and civic engagement.
Winter 2020, Spring / Summer 2021
Maho Suzuki serves as the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern for the Spring/Summer period as of January 2021. Born in Fukushima, she participated in the TOMODACHI Summer 2017 Softbank Leadership Program and the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2018. In 2018, she collected signatures appealing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and submitted them to the United Nations European Headquarters as one of the 21st Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Messengers. In 2019, she participated in the TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima as a mentee and then as a mentor the following year for the Tohoku 2020 portion of the same program. Maho is currently studying at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, in the School of Language and Culture Studies, majoring in Arabic and Middle East Studies with the aspiration to engage in the peacebuilding of its region by supporting the children’s education.
Spring / Summer / Fall 2020
Ayaha Kanno is one of the TOMODACHI Alumni Interns for the Spring/Summer/Fall period starting May 2020. Born in Fukushima, she participated in the TOMODACHI Summer 2017 Softbank Leadership Program that took her to California and taught her about leadership and the importance of contributing to the community. In 2019, she participated in the TOMODACHI RISE Leadership Program as the Regional Leader of the Tohoku-Hokkaido Region and organized two events focused on “Foods of Fukushima” and the effect of the stigma caused by 3.11. By utilizing her local connections, she was able to gain support from the local stakeholders and other TOMODACHI alumni. She successfully created an opportunity where young people can learn while having fun. Ayaha is currently studying at Toyo University in the Department of Global and Regional Studies.
Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter 2020
Reika Mihara is one of the TOMODACHI Alumni Interns for the Spring/Summer/Fall period starting May 2020. As an alumna of the Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program, she learned about civil society and cross-sector partnerships in early 2020. Born in Tokyo, Reika is currently an undergraduate student at Sophia University in the Faculty of Liberal Arts Division since 2019. Motivated in facilitating communication, she has been engaged with interviewing and composing articles as an intern at the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center and as an editor of Red Cross Volunteer issued by the Japanese Red Cross. Through activities as a volunteer of TICAD7 YOKOHAMA and the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, she became interested in partnerships between governments, businesses, and civil society.
Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter 2019
Ryoma Ueta is the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from May 2019. Born in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, he participated in the 5th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program and traveled to California in 2016. After the program, he participated in the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy in 2016 and 2018. During the program, he realized the importance of being a global leader with critical thinking skills and gained a wider perspective about our society. He will participate in the TOMODACHI Generation Summit as a Core Committee member this year. He currently attends Hosei University’s Department of International Economy.
Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter 2018
Hiroto Konno was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from April 2018 to March 2019. He was born in Furukawa, Miyagi in 1999. He participated in the 3rd TOMODACHI MUFG Exchange Program and traveled to California in 2014. Two years later, he participated in the TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program and learned about entrepreneurship in the U.S. and Japan. In 2018, Hiroto was a member of the TOMODACHI Summit Core Committee. In 2017, he participated in the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework as a Deputy Regional Leader for the Tohoku Region and hosted the theme event “FIND YOUR TOHOKU”. He actively worked on the theme regional engagement and participation of high schoolers by various approaches. This includes his work as a student president of his school, as well as creating workshops on study abroad programs with his student organization. Hiroto attends Waseda University’s Department of Studies on Publicness and Citizenship.
Summer / Fall 2018
Rio Fujii was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from July to September 2018. She attends Ochanomizu University studying international relations and has studied abroad at Bates College in Maine. Rio is an alumna of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program in 2015. The TOMODACHI program was her first experience going to the U.S and her mindset changed as she was inspired by female leaders with global careers and highly motivated peers. The experience encouraged her to take the leap to study abroad. In November 2017, she shared her experience at the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference as a TOMODACHI Alumni Speaker. She is passionate about helping empower other young Japanese women like her before the program, and joined the alumni leadership to give back to the TOMODACHI Initiative. Rio was a member of the TOMODACHI Summit Core Committee in 2018.
Winter / Spring 2017
Kosuke Baba was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from March to September 2018. In April 2018, he began working at PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from International Christian University with a degree in liberal arts and economics. He studied abroad at Guilford College in North Carolina as an exchange student during his junior year. There, Kosuke participated in the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III at Washington D.C. and through discussions and dialogue with global leaders at the conference, he was inspired to imagine his future career. After coming back from his study abroad experience, he joined the TOMODACHI Initiative as the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern and attend and supported various programs and events as a staff member. Kosuke was a member of the TOMODACHI Summit Core Committee in 2018.
Winter / Spring 2017
Koh Matsuki was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from December 2017 to April 2018. He was one of the 2017 TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leaders of the Kansai Region. Koh has spent a semester in Washington D.C., taking part in the Prudential Global Global Citizens Program Spring 2015 and did an internship at the U.S.-Japan Research Institute. In the Fall of 2015, he did an internship at Berliner Stadtmission, a Refugee Camp in Berlin while doing an exchange student program in Germany. Koh is a budding journalist as he continues to contribute articles to Huffington Post Japan especially as it relates to the current European Refugee Crisis. Koh will be the Student President at Yabunaka-juku Global Terakoya in Kyoto, where students who study international politics practice diplomatic discussions. In addition, Koh is a leader in Team Ozeki, a student group working to energize Kansai’s sightseeing while shooting documentary TV programs. He will be a 4th year student studying Economics at Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo this April.
Summer / Fall 2017
Kento Otani was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from May to September 2017. He studied abroad at Kent State University in Ohio and upon returning to Japan began interning at the TOMODACHI Initiative. He has taken part in the TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Training Program and continues to be engaged with the TOMODACHI alumni community. Kento graduated from Rikkyo University.
Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter 2016
Keito Ando was the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern from He is a student at Keio University studying political science. Keito joined the TOMODACHI Generation in 2015 through the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy where he learned about how to create disaster resilient communities through technology and science. Keito was an integral part of the TOMODACHI Initiative when he worked as the Alumni Program Intern for eight months in 2016. Since joining the TOMODACHI network, he has been inspired to take up further leadership roles and led the creation of the very first student-led and student-run TOMODACHI Summit to take place in September 2017.