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KCJS alumni have entered a multitude of fields and many have ventured across the globe after completing their undergraduate and, in many cases, graduate or professional studies. Below we list a sampling of the academic and professional positions they now hold. Alumni attest to the quality of the program and staff, the importance of the experience to their academic growth and sensitivity to other cultures, and about the friends, colleagues, and network of connections they continue to draw upon later in life.



Sampling of current occupations, companies and professional fields

Graduate Schools in Japan

  • Doshisha University
  • Kyoto University
  • Ritsumeikan University
  • Sophia University
  • Tokyo University of the Arts

Arts and film


  • President and Representative Director, ADM Far East Ltd.
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Traffic, Amazon Japan
  • President and CEO, Asia Investment Partners
  • Vice President of Sales, Auberge Resorts
  • Business Development, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
  • President, Nippon MacDermid Co., Ltd.
  • Finance Director, Burberry
  • Senior Vice President, Capitol International
  • Assistant Vice President, Citigroup
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs Japan
  • Trainer/Facilitator, Global Leadership Development Training
  • Global Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google, Inc.
  • Senior Associate, JPMorgan Securities Japan Co. Ltd.
  • Founder, Kalzumeus Software
  • Sales/Support Engineer, Media 6 Degrees, LLC
  • CEO and Founder, online education company (after working as a Learning Designer for Google)
  • Managing Director, PriceHorne, LLC
  • Owner, Babycastles/Silent Barn/Loud Objects
  • Director, Renewable Energy Strategy, Duke
  • Energy Corporation Enterprise systems analyst, Teach for America

Non-profit or non-governmental organizations and related work

  • Managing Editor, Science Progress, Center for American Progress
  • Staff of the Planning Division, The Tono City Disaster Relief Network
  • Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Social worker (MSW)

Government and other national service

  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Judge Advocate (CPT), US Army JAG Corps

Higher education

  • Professor, University of Connecticut
  • Associate Professor, Brown University
  • Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Assistant Professor, Haverford College
  • Director of Operations, Catholic Student Center, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Faculty research assistant in linguistics, University of Maryland

Secondary education

  • Japanese teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Japanese teacher, Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek, California
  • Assistant Language Teacher, JET Program
  • English teacher, South Korea


  • Freelance Japanese translator/interpreter
  • Freelance Japanese to English translator


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KCJS Alumna Interview with Helen Rolfe (KCJS26 Fall (2014))


Helen Rolfe (KCJS26 Fall (2014)) speaks about her Community Involvement Project at a local ballet studio. The experience was so successful for both Helen and the studio that she was invited to do an internship with them for Summer 2015.

To watch the video posted on the KCJS Facebook page, please click on the image. A new window will open.

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