The Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program, also known as the Kase Program, is an 11-week San Francisco Japantown internship program aiming to provide opportunities for college students who are interested in taking an active role in the Japanese American community.

  • Celebration of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony Celebration on July 23, 2021
  • 2023 Kase Interns
  • Kase Interns collecting photos for a colorized book displaying the vibrant life of San Francisco's Japantown before WWII
  • 2017 Kase Interns supporting and celebrating San Jose's Obon with participants of the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI)

The Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program was developed to provide financial support for youth who are pursuing their college education and an opportunity to obtain work experience supporting a Japanese American community nonprofit organization. Their participation in an eleven-week community and career development internship program at the Center will increase their understanding of contemporary social, cultural, civic and preservation issues affecting our community; allow them to gain valuable skills in a professional environment, and work on projects tailored for their personal and professional growth.

2024 Program Dates and Details:
  • Summer Internship: June 12-August 23, 2024 (full-time with some weekend dates)
  • The in-person internship will take place at the Center/JCCCNC in San Francisco's historic Japantown
  • Number of participants: Up to Four (4) College Students
  • Eligible participants: Must be 18 years old at the start of the program AND will be continuing college in the Fall OR recently graduated
  • Japanese descent is not required, but significant participation and involvement in the Japanese American community are beneficial.
  • Kase Interns 2012
  • Kase Interns 2022
  • Eleven-week summer internship at the Center with a personalized intern work plan and mentoring by an experienced supervisor.
  • Career development workshops by trained professionals.
  • Participation in the statewide Nikkei Community Internship Program.
  • Weekly meetings to develop leadership skills and meet with community leaders to discuss issues that are affecting local Japantown communities.
  • Two statewide retreats will be held to work with peers in other regions and discuss issues facing the Japanese American community, including preservation, communications, and leadership.  Retreats will take place in Los Angeles and San Francisco/San Jose, and the Kase Program will pay for travel and lodging expenses.
  • A $5,000 educational scholarship for each student.



Link to Application: 2024 Kase Scholarship Program Application

Applications are due Sunday, April 28, 2024

For additional information, please contact Lori Matoba at (415) 567-5505 or by email.


Find out more about projects and skills former interns had learned through the Kase program COMING SOON (April 2024)

About Grace Kase 

The late Grace Kase strongly supported the Center and considered the JCCCNC a second home in the community. She believed that supporting the leadership development of Japanese American youth is vital to our community’s future, helping preserve its rich history, heritage and traditions for generations to come. This Scholarship Fund has been the wish of the Kase family to provide financial support and an opportunity to go to college for those who might not have had the ability to do so otherwise.