Bethany Snider '16
Interning at YUTAKA
During my study abroad experience in Japan during my fall 2015 semester, I was given the opportunity to do an internship with a Japanese company. My international business professor at Kansai Gaidai University let me know about the opportunity at YUTAKA and got me in contact with the company’s president. After meeting with him on campus, I began working for the company two days a week. There I worked with his daughter, translating materials, meeting with clients and using some of the machinery. I learned a great deal about Japanese business and the language in general during my internship. I also had a chance to do translation work which was something I was not unsure about doing as a career, but after this experience I became very interested in it.
Volunteering with the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania
During the summer of 2015, I spent my summer break volunteering with the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP).
Located in Pittsburgh, JASP’s purpose is to promote understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.
These societies are located all around the US and also in Japan. At JASP, I aided in organizing a program called “Ties Through Taiko." This program was part of the TOMODACHI initiative which is a “public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs." Working with other JASP members, I helped host 12 students from Nihon Fukushi Daigaku High School. During their time in Pittsburgh and with the help of Pittsburgh Taiko, they taught Pittsburgh Public School students how to play the taiko drum, and after 10 days they performed a concert together. It was a wonderful experience helping to organize this event and I look forward to volunteering at JASP again in the future.