CEPEX 2018 Japan Studies Award

 Desired Candidate:

  • Strong interest in Japan
  • Open to learning new things
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-starter
  • Independent
  • Enjoys writing
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Research skills
  • Flexible
  • Interest in gaining professional experience



CEPEX 2018 Japan Studies Award Application Packet

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 Application Timeline

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Please submit applications to uehara.nicole@sojitz.com by 5 PM on January 31.

Application Review: February 1-2, 2018

CEPEX staff will review applications and select candidates for in-person interviews.


Successful candidates will be contacted via email to set up an interview date and time on February 2.

INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED: February 5-9, 2018

Applicants will be invited for an in-person interview with CEPEX staff in Washington, DC.

RESULTS ANNOUNCED: Friday, February 9, 2018

Interview results will be announced by February 9, 2018.

10-week DC Internship: February 19-April 27, 2018

The Japan Studies Award winner will intern for 10 weeks in the Washington, DC office of Sojitz Corporation of America. Internship hours will be 5-10 hours/week, depending on the student’s schedule. The Japan Studies Award winner will participate in think tank seminars, targeted research, and professional networking-related activities during the internship. A small stipend is provided during the DC internship.

10-Day Japan Trip: May/June 2018 (Dates TBD)

The Japan Studies Award winner will have an opportunity to travel to Tokyo for an internship with Sojitz Corporation. Activities will include a self-directed research project and first-hand look at the Japanese business world. Roundtrip airfare, hotel, travel insurance and a stipend are provided during the Tokyo internship.