Join the Discover Nikkei Team

Discover Nikkei Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Nikkei is a project of the Japanese American National Museum. It’s a multilingual website about Nikkei—Japanese migrants and their descendants in the world.


Our mission is to celebrate cultural diversity and explores both global and local identities through an international network. The project connects generations and communities by sharing stories and perspectives of the Nikkei, people of Japanese descent who have migrated and settled throughout the world.

Thank you for your interest in helping us grow Discover Nikkei! We have a very limited budget to run this project and so we depend on volunteers to help us with all aspects of the site as well as related virtual programs and promotion. Language support is needed in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Writing
  • Translations
  • Editing / Proofreading
  • Transcriptions
  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Editing

Most Discover Nikkei volunteers work remotely and communication and coordination is primarily done through e-mail or through Slack. All volunteers must be able to communicate in writing and verbally in basic English, although Japanese and Spanish can be accommodated as secondary languages.

You do not need to be a professional in the area that you are volunteering. Many of our volunteers are students or others wanting to gain experience, while others just want the opportunity to learn about new topics, contribute to the documentation and exploration of global Nikkei history and culture, and connect with Nikkei around the world. Volunteers just need to demonstrate proficiency in the area of work. Writers/editors/translators must submit samples that demonstrate fluency and skill in the language they will be writing/translating into.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at editor@DiscoverNikkei.org.

Note: We will be adding more details about volunteer opportunities soon. 

 

Discover Nikkei Volunteer Open House

Interested in helping us grow our project?

Become a Discover Nikkei volunteer!

Join us for a virtual Volunteer “Open House” event. Learn about volunteering opportunities and meet Discover Nikkei’s staff and volunteers. Current volunteers are encouraged to join us for an opportunity to get to know each other. 

Following a brief presentation and Q&A, we will have breakout groups with more in-depth sessions to learn about specific volunteer opportunities. There will also be an optional time afterwards for additional questions or networking for those that are interested.

Please fill out the RSVP form at the link below. We will send you the Zoom link to access the virtual Open House.

RSVP NOW

Saturday, September 25 • 5 p.m. (PDT)

  • 2 p.m. (Honolulu)
  • 5 p.m. (Los Angeles / Seattle)
  • 7 p.m. (Chicago / Lima / Mexico City)
  • 8 p.m. (New York)
  • 9 p.m. (Buenos Aires / São Paulo)
  • Sunday, September 26 • 8 a.m. (Manila)
  • Sunday, September 26 • 9 a.m. (Tokyo)
  • Sunday, September 26 • 10 a.m. (Sydney)

Email us at editor@DiscoverNikkei.org if you have questions or are interested in volunteering but unable to attend.

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