JPN 484: Internship at Japanese Friendship Garden

Looking for a unique and engaging internship that allows you to earn credit while learning more about traditional Japanese culture? Please consider JPN 484, our partnership with the Japanese Friendship Garden (Rōhōen) in downtown Phoenix. The Japanese Friendship Garden is a collaboration between the City of Phoenix and its Japanese sister city, Himeji, and an important symbol of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Japan. Participants in the internship program earn university credit while assisting in a variety of tasks, including event coordination and garden maintenance. This is an ideal opportunity to practice your Japanese (although no knowledge of Japanese is necessary to apply) and learn about the long-standing importance of Japanese and Japanese-American culture to the Phoenix metropolitan area. For more information, please email or contact the coordinator, Dr. William C. Hedberg at

Below is a video by one of our previous interns, Dylan Cosgrove, explaining the significance of the JSF and introducing some of the roles and duties of the internship.