Internship Opportunities

While we do our best to assist students interested in pursuing an internship, we cannot guarantee an internship placement. The application process is competitive, and only qualified candidates will ultimately be offered an internship.

Internship possibilities span a wide range, and vary from site to site, but generally include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts.  Recent students have participated in internships in Spain at FUNDESO (Fundacion Desarrollo Sostenido), WWB (Women's World Banking), Hilti Española S.A., and ACNUR (Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para Refugiados). In Italy, students participated in internships in the American Consulate in Florence and the Horne Museum. In France, students have interned in the Assemblée Nationale, the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France, Maria Louisa Design, Frac I'le de France, the Robert Schuman Foundation, and Theatre et Cinema Ile de France. And in Russia students have interned at CNN, NPR, The United States-Russia Investment Fund, The MacArthur Foundation, Project Harmony, The Golden Ring newspaper, The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, The Eurasia Foundation, The Moscow Institute of Modern Art, Yaroslavl Investment Center, as well as local schools and libraries. In any given year, however, we cannot guarantee an internship in a specific field or organization, though we will make every effort to accommodate. Please be aware that prospective internship providers normally expect candidates to have appropriate skills or background knowledge and interest in the field. In addition, students must have strong functional skills in the target language. If your language skills are not strong enough, you may not qualify for an internship.

View the catalog of available internships for students at the School in Russia.


Amy Dayton - Cushman & Wakefield

I spent the majority of my time working on a report about the coworking industry, more specifically on a subsection focused on the international coworking market. Apart from that, I also helped out with translation work when needed, for example I worked on the market analysis reports the office produced each quarter. Interning there was a very valuable experience. I really enjoyed spending several hours per week at the office, talking with my colleagues and found the challenge of expressing myself in conversations and in meetings to be really valuable in terms of improving my Russian abilities.

Albert Vazquez (Grad Student) - September 1st Publishing House

I intern for a magazine that publishes material for librarians. My main role is to read English-language articles and write a two page summary about it into Russian. This helps the editor decide whether the article is of interest and worthy of publication. I am also in charge of translating material from Russian into English for their website. It's been a great experience as I've been able to hone my Russian writing skills as well as practice my translation skills. 

Alexandra Portney (Grad Student) Transparency International

My main occupation is translation. Most of the times that I translate articles and stories about current events happening in Russia, sometimes it is official documents for the conferences that Transparency organizes. I have to say, it helps me a lot with my written Russian. My experience has been very positive. 

Roksana Gabidullina (Middlebury Undergrad Student) – Memorial

I am interning in Memorial, a community made up of ten organizations from different countries. This organization is aiming to and improve understanding of and awaken civil society. I am currently digitizing its archives, particularly the Chronicle of Current Events (1968-1983), an informational bulletin of human rights published clandestinely during the Soviet days. Furthermore, I am working with the archives to research Central Asian dissidents and samizdat.

Lesley Kucharski (Middlebury Grad Student) – Memorial

I am working on a part of the history project, "Dissidence in the USSR," in the archival department of the human rights organization Memorial. My job is to help edit a Wikipedia-inspired database for the samizdat publication "The Chronicle of Current Events." From an underground basis, the Chronicle tracked the state of human rights in the post-Stalin years of the USSR from 1968-1983. With its thousands of pages in over 60 issues, the Chronicle is a great primary resource for those interested in Soviet history.