Translate Abroad Internships
- Translate Russian language skills into a career -
Translation Abroad is a practical academic program offering intensive Russian lessons and professional, hands-on translation experience. Despite advances in electronic translation technology, there is increasing need for the accuracy and readability that only human translation can deliver. With the world's exponentially increasing information flows, the growing globalization of business, and more frequent government interactions, there is demand for not only translated literature, but also for technical, legal, and marketing documents. Each of these fields are, in fact, developing into specialized trades because of the particular skill sets they require.
Translation Abroad is designed to give students the skills and experience they need. With individualized Russian lessons, cultural immersion, and hands-on experience translating political, legal, technical, and/or marketing material for businesses, museums, or NGOs, students will have experience translating in the office and translating independently. Tired of folks asking you: "What are you going to do with that degree?" Now you can tell them!
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- Dates and Costs -
Cost: $8 995*
Spring: Feb 3 - May 23, 2014 (Apply by Oct 31, 2013)
Fall: Sep 1 - Dec 12, 2014 (Apply by May 15, 2014)
See Translation and Interpretation Summer Seminar
First two months: $5 595*
Each additional week: $545
Name your own dates! (Apply three months in advance)
Minimum two month commitment
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Related Scholarship Program
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Translate offers $10,000 to students who want to build writing, research, reporting, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship applies to a specific year-long academic program from SRAS with a rigorous internship component included. Program availalbe only in specific locations as listed on the Home and Abroad: Translate program page.
- Curriculum -
RS-300/400 Russian Language Study
Students will receive 12 academic hours per week of small-group language lessons with focus on the principles of translation from Russian to English.
Academic Hours: Fall, Spring: 180
RS-101: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Check out the program for Moscow.
RS-401: Translation Internship
Students will translate approx. 30,000 characters per month as part of an intensive internship. All translations are Russian-to-English and cover a range of subjects as needed by the internship host. Students may be additionally asked to proofread or edit text in English translated from Russian or written in English by Russians.
Semester: Ac. Hours: 180
RS-402: Translation Project
The student will additionally translate a major document over the course of their experience abroad. Actual subject and methodology will be discussed and approved in advance.
- Application Requirements -
Applicants should have native English skills, strong English composition skills and advanced Russian language skills. Heritage speakers of Russian are encouraged to apply. No previous experience or education in translation is needed.
In addition to SRAS's regular application procedures, applicants will be expected to: 1) complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test (all sections); 2) submit two writing samples in English by email to Josh Wilson, Assistant Director, SRAS, at email@example.com. 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) applicants will be asked to complete a small test translation and may participate in a telephone interview.
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- Program Details -
*Placements: SRAS has placed interns at the organizations listed below. This is not an ex exhaustive list. No specific placement can be gauranteed.
Alinga Consulting Group
The School of Russian and Asian Studies
The Tretyakov Gallery
Perspektiva (NGO: Disabilities)
The Peter and Paul Fortress
A Just Russia (political party)
*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, dormitory accommodation (home stay available at extra cost), 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.
2010-08-24 - RS-400 Translation in Practice