Russian Business Internships
- The Language of Business -
Russian Business Internships delivers intensive, business-focused Russian lessons, professional experience in Russia or Eurasia and a resume-building research project. Internships are individually placed based on current availability as well as the student's experience and goals.
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- Dates and Costs -
Spring: Feb 3 - May 23, 2014 (Apply by Oct 31, 2013)
Fall: Sep 1 - Dec 12, 2014 (Apply by May 15, 2014)
Cost (Vladivostok, Bishkek): $8 295*
Cost (Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg): $8 995*
Dates: June 2 - Aug 8, 2014 (Apply by March 15, 2014)
Cost (Vladivostok, Bishkek): $6 195*
Cost (Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg): $6 495*
Name your own dates! (Apply three months in advance)
Minimum two month commitment
Cost (Vladivostok, Bishkek)
First two months: $5 295;*
Each additional week: $495
Cost (Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg):
First two months: $5 595*
Each additional week: $545
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- Curriculum -
RS-100/200/300 Russian Language Study
Courses offered at six different levels, from beginning to advanced. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300). Intermediate and advanced students will focus partially on business Russian.
Academic Hours: Fall, Spring: 192* Summer: 120*
RS-101: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Syllabi available for: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bishkek, and Kiev.
RS-410: Business Internship
Students chose between two categories: 1) Sales and Marketing and 2) Finance and Operations (see below for details and requirements). Specific placements within these categories depend on current availability. Actual duties and hours may vary according to the needs of the host company.
RS-411: Business Research
The student will write a 10-15 page paper (TNR, double-spaced, one-inch margins) on a subject related to any aspect of business in Russia. Actual subject and methodology will be discussed and approved in advance. Papers are due 30 days after the end of the internship.
- Application Requirements -
Applicants should have advanced to native English skills and intermediate to native Russian skills. Heritage speakers of Russian are especially encouraged to apply.
In addition to SRAS's regular application procedures, applicants will be expected to: 1) complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online, listing J. Wilson as an instructor; 2) submit two writing samples in English. One sample should be of ten or more pages and the other of two to five pages (papers produced for college level classes are appropriate as writing samples); 3) submit an additional copy of their resume and statement of purpose. Students with advanced Russian skills and those hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.
These materials (except test results, which will be delivered automatically) must be emailed to: Josh Wilson, Assistant Director, SRAS at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email that includes these items must indicate that you are applying for the "SRAS Russian Business Internship" and the academic period for which you are applying. Even if these items have been uploaded as part of your SRAS application package, they should be emailed separately to the address given."
*Papers produced for college level classes are appropriate as writing samples.
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- Program Details -
- Finance and Operations Internships
General requirements: Education and/or experience in finance or business administration. Language level requirement depends on the particular placement.
General experience: This internship will focus on company day-to-day operations and improvements. Specific duties may include assisting with employee communications, financial and performance analysis, translation, presentations, and other special projects.
- Sales and Marketing Internships
General requirements: Education and/or experience in marketing and/or sales. Language level requirement depends on the particular placement.
General experience: Interns work in the marketing department as part of a team developing promotional campaigns and marketing strategies. Interns may also assist or participate in sales.
- SRAS has placed internships at the following:
Alinga Consulting Group
Emerging Markets Group
RUSSOFT (read an interview with a former intern)
*Partial list. Does not guarantee placement or availability.
*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, housing as listed below, round-trip airport transfers, use of a mobile telephone, and SRAS in-country support.
*Academic Hours: An academic hour is 40 minutes. Totals listed are minimum hours for full-semester or summer-session courses. Customized courses will vary. Some locations may offer additional seminars in language or other subjects. Some locations may offer additional intensive individual lessons - in this case the overall number of hours may be shortened as individual lessons are far more intensive than group lessons. Customized courses are available for advanced students and heritage speakers with specific interests.See our FAQ page and/or contact SRAS for more information.
*Credit Transfer and Transcripts: While a 15-week semester is designed to be the equivalent of 15-18 credits (summer is 8-9 credits), how many credits your home university may award depends entirely on your home university. SRAS recommends discussing this with your advisor and SRAS before you apply. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info. Transcripts may be requested (click for details) and are issued by the host university.
"During my time at Fort-Ross I learned how to communicate with clients over the phone, which was especially intimidating at first when I was speaking with executives. I also learned how to sell my product over the phone in this case the outsourcing conference. This is very important for me since I am going into personal finance, and I will need to convince people to use my services over those of someone else."
– Mike, Interned at Fort Ross Software Development, St. Petersburg.