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  • Locations: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Host Country Language: Russian
Sponsor: SRAS ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:
NGO and Cultural Internships

at non-profits, think tanks, museums, and theatres

The Russian speaking world has always been one of contradictions. Fabulous wealth in natural resources contrasts with impoverished economies. Human rights concerns contrast with soaring achievements in theater, painting, and literature. A society considered by many to be "backwards" in terms of minority rights and accessibility produces some of the world's most ingenious scientific minds. The Russian speaking world is one of great achievements and always of ever-greater unrealized potential. Many cite these contradictions and the constant stretching for a better tomorrow to in fact be reasons behind its many artistic and scientific achievements.

These are also reasons why Russian NGOs, museums, and theaters can offer students fantastic internship opportunities.

Many NGOs, both global and local, are working to study and improve the lives of a diverse population. Museums house and maintain some of the world's finest collections and theaters boast world-renowned troupes despite the region's history of revolution, censorship, war, and economic volatility. Many museums, NGOs, and theaters will open their doors to foreign interns, allowing students challenging opportunities to practice their Russian and gain a local perspective on the issues at hand, all while researching, writing, translating, fundraising, and/or networking for the institution.

- 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).

Academic Hours:  Fall, Spring: 300 Summer I/II: 160/120

RS-101: Culture Lab

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.

RS-316: Related Project

Students seeking credit for Report from Russia must complete a 12-15 page paper on a specific social or artistic issue affecting the geographic area in which you have chosen to study. All students, whether seeking credit or not, will be required to maintain a blog while abroad and to post a minimum of a half page discussing social or artistic issues in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, or Ukraine on a weekly basis.

RS 406: NGO or Cultural Internship

Students spend a minimum of 25 real hours per week working for a local NGO, Museum, or Theater. Students may be asked to research, write, translate, or network depending on the student's abilities and/or the needs of the institution.

- Application Requirements -

Requirement may differ depending on the internship sought. See "internship details" below for more details. Strong spoken and written Russian as well as related study and/or experience in the field are not required, but is a plus. Non-Russian speaking students can usually still be placed in internships, but the range of possible tasks they might be offered there will be necessarily more limited. See below for specific details.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Report from Abroad Internship - St. Petersburg
at Newspapers in Russia

Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers. This program combines a practical internship with intensive Russian lessons and focused journalism projects. You'll build a portfolio of published material while honing skills that any serious journalist needs: your writing, research skills, and a foreign language.

The Russian-speaking world is one of extraordinary stories. Oil and gas pipelines run through complex geopolitical, ethnic, and environmental conflicts. Growing economies exist side-by-side with wide-spread poverty. Human rights concerns weigh upon societies that produce awe-inspiring achievements in science and culture.

To many, it can seem a cold and closed society, but it is one that respects initiative and persistence, rewarding them by opening and revealing new sides to its fascinating stories. Many award-winning reporters now working for such household names as The New York Times and The Washington Post came to Eurasia early in their careers to gain experience. Report from Abroad places you in the heart of this challenging environment where so much can be achieved.

Curriculum -

RS-100/200/300 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;   Summer:  120

RS-101: Culture Lab
Excursions, seminars, and other out-of-the-classroom experiences at locations of historical, cultural, or other interest. Please note that students may not be eligible to attend all culture lab sections as schedule conflict may occur with RS-403 (see below).

RS-314: Journalism Project
Students seeking credit for Report from Abroad must complete a 12-15 page paper on a specific issue affecting journalism in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, or Ukraine or on the history of journalism in one of those countries during a specific time period. Students not seeking credit will undertake projects such as writing cultural reviews, press releases, or other writing for SRAS or its partners.

RS 403: Journalism Internship
Students spend a minimum of 25 real hours per week working for a local paper (such as The Moscow Times, The St. Petersburg Times, The Vladivostok Times, or The Central Asian Times). Students will work with the editors there to research, write, and publish articles. Students will also work at transcribing interviews and generally assisting management and staff in the daily production of the newspaper.

For more information, and to apply, click here.