Discover Nikkei Logo

Join Our Team

Discover Nikkei Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Nikkei is an international network that celebrates cultural diversity and explores both global and local identities. 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. The project team is led by a small group of staff working with volunteers, partners, consultants, and others around the world. Help us continue to grow the website and project by joining our team!

Volunteering  |  Job Openings


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 / Illustrations
  • 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. However, volunteers must 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.

View a summary of volunteer requirements.


Current Volunteer Needs

We are near capacity in some areas. Please see below for the types of volunteers in most need:

  • Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese writers and/or editors
  • Experienced translators for various language combinations, except from English to Japanese
  • Experienced English language editors
  • Assistance with setting up articles (text, images, etc.) online using a custom CMS
  • Data/metrics analysis and charts
  • Illustrations for website, series logos, socia media, programs, etc.

We are not currently accepting volunteers under 18 years old, and prefer those who can make a commitment of at least one year. We are also currently not in need of transcribers in English, marketing, or graphic design (although that may change in the future).


If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out our online volunteer application form. If you have questions, contact us at


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



No staff positions are open at this time.


Illustration by Roxsy Lin

Discover Nikkei brandmark New Site Design See exciting new changes to Discover Nikkei. Find out what’s new and what’s coming soon! Learn More
Are you a Nima*? Nima are members of the Discover Nikkei online community called Nima-kai. Join our community and share your stories about the Nikkei experience. Click an icon on the map to connect with Nima around the world! *The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”). Create an Account

Discover Nikkei Updates

Nikkei Names 2: Grace, Graça, Graciela, Megumi?
What’s in a name? Share the story of your name with our community. Submissions now open!
Nikkei Uncovered IV: a poetry reading
Join us virtually and enjoy poetry by Matthew Mejia, Christine Kitano, and Mia Ayumi Malholtra.
We're on Instagram!
Follow us @discovernikkei for new site content, program announcements, and more!