Report from Abroad Internship - Bishkek
at Newspapers in Central Asia
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.
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.
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