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  • Locations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/02/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Host Country Language: Russian
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Program Description:

NGO and Cultural Internships

at non-profits, think tanks, museums, and theatres in Russia, Central Asia, and Ukraine


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 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 -


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 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.