Jobs and Careers

LCMS World Mission

Currently, the LCMS World Mission organization is looking for native English speakers to teach English in Yunnan, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Applicants must have college degree and be active members in good standing of an LCMS congregation. For more information, please visit their website at

Boone Scholars Internship Program for East Asian Studies, The Field Museum

These paid internships allow highly qualified candidates the opportunity to study at The Field Museum and research Anthropology collections from Japan, Korea, China, and elsewhere in the eastern part of Asia.

Interns engage in a wide variety of tasks, ranging from individual research to assisting collections management teams with the upkeep and maintenance of the collection. Past interns have also been involved in the creation of grants for East Asian materials, newspaper publication, and web design (this site was created by the first Boone interns, Yuhang Li and Brandon Olsen and updated by Juan Peng, Rob Nalewajk, Helena Stenberg, and Stev Weidlich, subsequent Boone interns). Boone Scholars report directly to the Boone Curator for Asian Anthropology and the Head of Collections in the Department of Anthropology.

For more information, please visit the Field Museum Boone Collection website.

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program

Established in 1987 for the purpose of promoting internationalization and language education at the grassroots level, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program invites college graduates and young professionals from over 40 countries to share their language and culture with Japanese youth. Billed as "one of the largest educational programs in the history of mankind," more than 20,000 foreigners have visited over 16,000 Japanese public schools since the program began.

JETs participate in the program in one of three ways: as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), who team-up with Japanese colleagues to teach English in primary or secondary schools; as Coordinators of International Relations (CIRs), who perform various international and intercultural related functions in local government offices; or as Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs), who engage in internationalization activities through the instruction of specific sports.

Because participants become an important part of their Japanese community, the JET Program is an excellent way for students and alumni OF ANY MAJOR to experience another culture firsthand. As such, the JET experience develops one's cultural adaptability, cultivates one's professionalism and confidence in dealing with new situations, and improves one's ability to see problems from different perspectives.

The JET Program is looking for people who are friendly, creative, adaptable, knowledgeable about American culture, willing to learn, and interested in Japan. TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND JAPANESE LANGUAGE SKILLS ARE BY NO MEANS NECESSARY. Although teaching English is what most JETs do, teaching English is only a means for cultural exchange - a JET is not expected to have professional teaching skills.

If the JET program interests you, more information can be obtained by visiting the JET website.