JETAA Portland Networking Opportunities

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Resources for Job Hunters

Networking Links
Business Contacts
Non-Profit Info
Temp Agencies
English Schools in Portland
Continuing Education in Portland
Scholarships for Going Back Abroad


Official JET Alumni Group on Linkedin
Professional Networking Forum
A global network of international professionals interested in Asian business and partnerships. Monthly happy hours are held every month in more than ten cities around the world.

Young Professionals of Portland (YPOP)
Established to provide a place for young professionals to connect, network, and socialize.

Portland Business Alliance
The premier business networking association in Portland.

Business Contacts

JASO (The Japan American Society of Oregon)
A non-profit, membership organization in this region dedicated to promoting business, education, and cultural exchange. They sponsor a variety of programs each month.

Oregon Convention Center
Several events and expos hosted by nearly every industry Keep your eye on the schedule.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Provides support activities and mentoring to foster business growth and employment opportunities.

AMA: The American Marketing Association
Association that marketers turn to for information, training and professional networking.

Non-Profit Info is the most comprehensive online nonprofit resources, with local, national, and international volunteer and internship opportunities, job openings, events, and resources that are searchable by issue area and geographic location.

Community Nonprofit Resource Group (CNRG)
CNRG connects people to and within the Portland nonprofit community. With more than 10,000 subscribers to the online community, CNRG has become the place to exchange ideas, learn about opportunities, and plug into the nonprofit community. Sign up for their daily email summaries to hear about what is going on in the Portland nonprofit sector.

PSU’s The Nonprofit Institute has a list of events and opportunities.

Oregon Innovation
Not-for-profit corporation funded by businesses, public sources, and entrepreneurs to help technology-based start-ups succeed.

Temp Agencies

Employment or temp agencies can be a good resource if you are still unsure about which career you’d like to pursue or if you would like to gain experience in a certain industry. Each agency is different but be sure to dress professionally and consider your meeting with an agency like it is an interview with your future employer.

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English Schools in Portland

Here are a few Portland area ESL schools that are always hiring new senseis!


Capstone English Mastery Center

Continuing Education in Portland

If you are looking at going back to school, as a student, there are tons of programs. Here are a few Japan-focused and teacher focused programs in the Portland area:

Masters in International Management at Portland State University.  The MIM program provides you with international business as well as general business skills, proficiency in a foreign language and the understanding of political and economic environments in which global business leaders work.

MBA at Willamette University
Willamette University’s MBA programs are specifically designed to prepare students for their first professional career position, career change or advancement. Opportunities to take Japanese language courses, as well as special scholarship consideration for JET alumni are available to students who are admitted and enroll in Willamette’s Early Career or MBA for Career Change programs.

The graduate degree prepares students to become teachers, language consultants, and researchers in the field of language learning and teaching.

Scholarships for Going Back Abroad

For those of you only looking to use Portland as a brief landing pad to spring off into the world beyond again soon, here are a few scholarship programs and sites that can help.

Japanese Government Graduate Study Scholarships
Various scholarships for graduate and undergraduate study in Japan.  Applications available through the Portland Consulate-General of Japan. Questions concerning this scholarship should be directed to Matt Turner at (503) 221-1811.

Rotary International Scholarships
An international service organization which offers a wide range of scholarships from month-long professional exchanges, teacher exchanges, 6 month language study programs, and 1-2 year ambassadorial scholarships to go for a master’s degree at a foreign university.

Fulbright Grants
For graduate research and teaching abroad.


The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.