Scholarships and Placement

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Recent job titles of UM Japanese program graduates

  • Research Analyst, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor & Welfare
  • Researcher, Honda Research Institute, Japan
  • Front-end Engineer, Rakuten Japan
  • Software engineer, Google
  • Software Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Founder & Lead Project Manager, Translation & Localization Services, Mei Language Services
  • Japanese Document Reviewer, Vinson & Elkins (law firm)
  • Procurement & Logistics Specialist, Prime Projects International, Ltd., Okinawa, Japan
  • Executive Assistant for the CEO and Program Assistant at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • Executive Assistant to the Consul General, San Francisco Consulate of Japan
  • Coordinator, Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme, UN Development Program
  • Vice President, Libera Partners, Washington, D.C.
  • Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Business Development Executive, IBM Watson
  • Assistant Language Teacher/Coordinator in International Relations, JET program
  • Analyst, TD International
  • Senior Associate, Ernst & Young


Sample graduate school/post-collegiate institution placements

  • George Washington University Law School
  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, Yokohama, Japan
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (M.A., International Relations and International Economics)
  • Nara Institute of Science and Technology (M.S./ Ph.D., Engineering)
  • Parsons School of Design
  • University of California, Berkeley (M.S./Ph.D., Electrical Engineering)
  • University of Cambridge (M.Phil., Micro-/Nanotechnology Enterprise)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., Japanese literature)
  • Yale University (M.A., East Asian Studies)


Scholarships and fellowships

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarship for study abroad
  • Banneker-Key Scholar (UM)
  • Boren Scholarship for study abroad
  • Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State
  • Freeman in Asia Scholarship for study abroad
  • Goldwater Scholarship for study in math, science, and engineering
  • JASSO (Japanese government) scholarships for study abroad in Japan
  • Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship for study/research abroad
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Internships (undergraduate and post-graduate)

  • Junior Research Assistant, Yamanaka Lab, Keio University, Tokyo
  • Research Intern, RIKEN Japan
  • International Marketing Intern, Agricultural Trade Office, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
  • Intern, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Research Assistant, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Intern, Microsoft