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Einaudi–Waseda University (Tokyo) Internship

Couple at table in National Art Center, Tokyo

Application Deadline: March 9, 2022

History of Japanese Postwar Art


Work with Professor Pedro Erber at Waseda University School of International Liberal Arts (Professor Erber is also a Senior Associate in Research at the East Asia Program in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies). Help with two concomitant research and publication projects at the intersection of art history, literature, and political theory. The focus of this project is research on the history of Japanese postwar art. The intern will be performing activities such as bibliographical research, text revision for publication, and possibly translation from Japanese (depending on the student's language skills).

Gain familiarity with research methods in the humanities, particularly in art history. Learn about the history of postwar art in Japan. Gain familiarity with the Japanese academic system and with academic publishing processes. Practice Japanese language skills.

Student Responsibilities

Conduct research on a wide range of topics in the humanities in a transnational academic environment between Waseda University in Tokyo and Cornell's East Asia Program. Learn about academic publishing through the journal ARTMargins. Research materials and content will vary according to the intern's linguistic skills in Japanese and specific interests. Meet regularly via online platforms with professor Erber (in Tokyo) and colleagues.

Student Requirements

Interest in and some familiarity with art history would be helpful. Knowledge of Japanese language would be a great asset, but it is not required. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an additional asset for part of the project.

Internship Eligibility

  • Must be a rising sophomore, a rising junior, or a rising senior at Cornell University.
  • Must be in good standing academically and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions.
  • Must have completed at least a year of coursework with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship.

General Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit six weeks and 30–35 hours per week over the summer (6–7 hours per day, five days per week).
  • Students are expected to be sensitive to differences in time zones and be available for virtual meetings during office hours in the country of the internship.
  • Students must complete a mid-internship survey and a concluding reflection and evaluation survey.
  • Students participating in the summer internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship.
  • Applicants shortlisted for interviews will be asked about competing commitments over the summer.


  • Students will receive a stipend for participating in the internship.
  • The stipend will be disbursed in two installments at the start and end of the internship. The second installment of the stipend will be contingent upon a positive mid-internship review and successful completion of the internship.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Scholarship


  • Student