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PROGRAMS  / INTERNSHIPS

Internships Abroad
in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan
Translation, Journalism, Business, NGOs, Think Tanks, and More

 
Possible Program Locations:
  Moscow
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  Vladivostok-city
  Bishkek
  kiev
   
 
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Eurasia is a challenging place to work. This is why many foreigners choose to work here. Having these locations on your resume is a good way to invite conversation from a potential employer. It shows that you are able to work with people from different cultures who speak different languages. You are able to work with bureaucratic and personal challenges. You are able to work far from home, forming your own support groups, and still get the job done. You are, in short, exactly the sort of self-starting, adventurous, and flexible candidate that can actively contribute to any organization.

Business students especially should know that time abroad can make you more confident, creative, and flexible. Journalism students should not be surprised that many award-winning western reporters got their start covering Russia and Eastern Europe. Students interested in cultural and social work will find no end of opportunities in Eurasia’s diverse, educated, but often troubled societies. Translation students should consider time abroad mandatory – knowledge of the local culture, history, and current use of the language in conversation are just as important to their craft as an impeccable knowledge of grammar.

SRAS combines internships with intensive language study, giving you an added edge. For those with sufficiently advanced language skills, lessons can be tailored to your professional field. Each internship is individually placed based on the student’s professional goals and internship availability.

SRAS invites you abroad to expand your world view, gain experience, and join the growing ranks of today’s global professionals

 

- Dates and Costs -

Semester: Cost: $9,995*  
     Spring: Feb 1 - May 19, 2017  (Apply by Oct 31, 2016)
     Fall: Sep 4 - Dec 15, 2017  (Apply by May 15, 2017)

Summer: Cost $7 295*
     Dates: May 29 - Aug 4, 2017  (Apply by: March 15, 2017)

Flexible
Name your own dates! (Apply three months in advance)
Minimum two month commitment
Cost:
   First two months: $6 395*
   Each additional week: $545

 

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- Curriculum -

Required Courses:

Russian Language Study  (RUS-100/200/300/400)
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).
Academic Hours:  Fall, Spring: 180*  Summer: 120*

Culture Lab (RUS-101)
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Syllabi now available for: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bishkek, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, and Kiev.

 

Core Electives (Choose One):

NGO Internship (POL/SOC 401)
Students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week working for a local NGO or think tank. Students may be asked to research, write, translate, or network depending on the student's abilities and/or the needs of the institution. Students seeking credit for the internship must submit biweekly journal entries and complete a 12-15 page paper on a specific issue affecting the geographic area of study.

Museum or Theater Internship (THEA/MUSE 401)
Students may be responsible for maintaining and updating web pages, updating and translation of exhibit notes, programs, and other marketing or fundraising materials. Theatre internships will not include acting or directing - but may include any of the tasks above and possibly leading voice and pronunciation classes in English. Students seeking credit must submit biweekly journal entries and complete a 12-15 page paper on a specific issue affecting museums or theatres in the geographic area of study.

Journalism Internship (JOUR 401)
Students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week working for a local English-language paper to research, write, and publish articles. Students may also work at transcribing interviews and generally assisting management and staff in the daily production of the publication. Students seeking credit must submit biweekly journal entries and, at the end of their program, a portfolio of published articles.

Translation Internship (RUS 401)
Students will translate approx. 30,000 characters per month as part of an intensive internship. All translations are from 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. Students seeking credit must submit biweekly journal entries as well as, at the end of their program, a portfolio of material representative of their work while abroad. The journal entries should include include new words and structures learned with translations as well as professional challenges faced in carrying out the translation internship.

Business Internship (BUS/ECON 401)
Students choose 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. Students seeking credit must submit biweekly journal entries and complete a 12-15 page paper discussing what they have learned about the language, culture, history, economy, society, and/or politics of the host country through the internship.

 

- Details, Requirements, and Applications -

NGOs & Think Tanks

NGO and Think Tanks
- Research and other good work -

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Locations

This program is available in all locations.

Requirements

Requirements may differ depending on the internship sought. Strong spoken and written Russian as well as related study and/or experience in the field are not required, but are preferred. Students who do not speak Russian can generally still be placed in internships, but the range of possible tasks they might be offered there will necessarily be more limited.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete SRAS's regular application procedures
  2. Complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online
  3. Submit two writing samples in English.
    1. 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);
  4. Students hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.

These additional application materials should be uploaded to the Application Materials section of your login page.

Start-Application

Internship Details

  • Research, Think Tanks

General requirements: Academic background in international relations, political science, history, conflict management, etc.

The experience: Interns work at one of a number of think tanks that specialize in Russian, Central Asian, or international issues. Interns may translate articles and press releases, help with logistics for organizational events, and otherwise assist in the daily functioning of the organization. Interns may gather information from various sources (libraries, internet, journals, etc.) and prepare briefings or reports for staff members. In some cases, students may also work on personal research topics. Applicants will all

Examples of organizations with which SRAS students have served internships include:*

Carnegie Moscow Center
Human Rights Watch
Transparency International
PIR Center for International Studies

  • Charities, Non-Profits, and NGOs 

General requirements: NGOs can use a range of diverse skills. Successful applicants will have one or more of the following skills: the business side of their operations (accounting, marketing, fund-raising, grant writing); translation; writing; research; computer programming; teaching; design; working with children; and/or general people skills. Russian skills are generally optional for many NGOs.

The experience: NGOs often work with at-risk groups. These include: street children; the homeless; refugees; the disabled; and/or minorities. Interns may teach, translate, assist in logistics for organizational events, lead team-building exercises, network, fundraise, research, write, or perform any number of other tasks depending on the student’s interests and/or the organization’s needs.

Placement Examples*

Miramed Institute
Perspektiva

Memorial
Children of St. Petersburg
MPC Social Services
Baikal Wave
Great Baikal Trail

*SRAS has placed students at the following organizations. This list is provided for information only; it does not guarantee placement or availability.

Museums & Theatres

Museums and Theatres
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Locations

This program is available in all locations.

Requirements

Requirements may differ depending on the internship sought. Students should have a background in the humanities, art/art history, general history, and/or Internet and computer skills. Strong spoken and written Russian as well as related study and/or experience in the field are not required, but are preferred. Students who do not speak Russian can usually still be placed in internships, but the range of possible tasks they might be offered there will necessarily be more limited.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete SRAS's regular application procedures
  2. Complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online
  3. Submit two writing samples in English.
    1. 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);
  4. Students hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.
  5. Students applying for a theatre internship should submit an acting/technical CV.

These additional application materials should be uploaded to the Application Materials section of your login page.

Start-Application

Placement Examples*

Museum.ru
The Hermitage Gallery
Museum of Contemporary History
St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music
The Tretyakov Gallery
The Peter and Paul Fortress
The State Russian Museum
The Russian Museum of Ethnography
Mariinsky Theater
Irkutsk Drama Theater

*SRAS has placed students at the following organizations. This list is provided for information only; it does not guarantee placement or availability.

Journalism

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Locations

This program is available in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bishkek, and Kiev.

Requirements

Applicants should have previous journalism experience and advanced Russian language skills.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete SRAS's regular application procedures
  2. Complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online
  3. Submit two sample articles in English.
    1. 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);
  4. Students hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.
  5. Students may be asked to additionally submit an original application article or article "pitches.” 

These additional application materials should be uploaded to the Application Materials section of your login page.

Start-Application

Placement Examples*

The Moscow Times
The St. Petersburg Times
Russia Behind the Headlines
Russia Direct
The Central Asian Times

*SRAS has placed students at the following organizations. This list is provided for information only; it does not guarantee placement or availability.

Translation

Translate Abroad Internships
- Translate Russian language skills into a career -

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Locations

This program is available in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev.

Requirements

Applicants should have advanced to native English skills, intermediate to native Russian skills, and exceptional writing skills in English. No previous experience or education in translation is needed, but beginner traslators will be accepted and placed based on talent shown. 

Application Procedure

  1. Complete SRAS's regular application procedures
  2. Complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online
  3. Complete a translation test and upload this with the rest of their documents to the application system.
  4. Submit two writing samples in English.
    1. 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);
  5. Students hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.
  6. Applicants will be asked to complete a small test translation after all other materials have been submitted.

These additional application materials should be uploaded to the Application Materials section of your login page.

Start-Application

Placement Examples*

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)

*SRAS has placed students at the following organizations. This list is provided for information only; it does not guarantee placement or availability.

Business

Business Internships
- The Language of Business -

  SRAS Interviews
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Locations

This program is available in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, and Kiev.

Requirements

Students should already have an academic background or professional experience in their chosen field. Other requirements may differ depending on the internship sought. Strong spoken and written Russian as well as related study and/or experience in the field are not required, but are preferred. Students who do not speak Russian may still be placed in internships, but the range of possible tasks they might be offered there will necessarily be more limited.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete SRAS's regular application procedures
  2. Complete both sections of the TORFL1 practice test online
  3. Submit two writing samples in English.
    1. 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);
  4. Students hoping to undertake work that will require advanced Russian skills should also submit a copy of their resume in Russian.

These additional application materials should be uploaded to the Application Materials section of your login page.

Start-Application

Internship Details

Finance and Operations Internships 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 work with a company’s marketing department as part of a team developing promotional campaigns and marketing strategies. Interns may also assist or participate in sales.

Placement Examples*

ROSNEFT 
ROST-Realty
Alinga Consulting Group
Reshenie Consulting

Emerging Markets Group 
RUSSOFT

*SRAS has placed students at the following organizations. This list is provided for information only; it does not guarantee placement or availability.

 

- Example Placement Lists  -

SRAS is developing fuller lists of possible internship placements. Lists are available for:

Kiev,
Bishkek
Warsaw*

**Please note that all internships in Warsaw are offered as electives as part of our Security and Society program - NOT as part of our standard internship offerings on this page.

 

- Program Details -

 
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*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, SRAS in-country support, and use of a mobile telephone. Costs as listed include transcripts - a $300 credit is applied for students who are not seeking academic credit and will not require transcripts.

*Housing:
     - Programs in Russia and Bishkek include dormitory accommodation; home stay is available in all locations at additional cost.
       - Programs in Kiev include home stay with half board. Shared apartments may be available upon request.

*Prerequisites: May vary depending on specific internship. See "Internship Details" above.

*Program Dates/Availability: Note that dates may vary slightly in certain locations. Not all sessions or all subjects may be available in all locations. Please inquire with us to confirm dates.

*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: A 15-week internship semester is designed provide the equivalent of 9-12 credits (summer is 5-6 credits) of RSL and 3-6 credits from the internship courses. 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. Students are provided university transcripts from the SRAS partner in their choosen study location. 




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