Lauren Sorondo, JET Program Coordinator and JET alumnus, presents and answers questions on the JET Program in anticipation of the 2019 Application (opening early October 2018).
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. By living and working in the cities and towns of Japan, JET Program participants become a part of their communities in a deeper, more meaningful way than the average American has a chance to experience while traveling abroad. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.
JET Program participants are not only teachers and public servants–they are cultural ambassadors of the United States to Japan, and only the best candidates are chosen to represent America.
The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Applicants from all majors are welcome to apply. The two main requirements to apply through the U.S. are 1) U.S. Citizenship and 2) a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time of departure.
Each fall, applications are reviewed to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Applicants who pass the initial screening are invited to interview. Selected candidates will be offered a position with the JET Program and then matched with a contracting organization. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.
Interested individuals are encouraged to like the Official JET Program USA Facebook page or follow the JET Program USA on Twitter. Updates and notifications about the new application cycle are typically posted in August/September.
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Location:Career Services and Experiential Learning: 121