Russian Federation: Internship Program in Russia

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Come to Moscow, Russia. Surround yourself with art and history. Imagine being in historic Red Square or visiting the Kremlin. The performing arts still resonate today from Tchaikovsky’s ballets and the many other famous Russian composers that called Moscow home. Enjoy the ornate domes and golden architecture of the Orthodox cathedrals that decorate the city. Come to Moscow and learn Russian and get work experience through our internship program.

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Partner University

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences


Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • Russian

Internship Opportunity

  • Yes!

Program Details

Academic Program

The program is offered by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) a.k.a Shaninka, a non-government Russian-British university. You can take a 128 contact-hours course of Russian at any proficiency level. You might not know a single word of Russian in early June and leave Moscow in August having a full academic year of Russian under your belt.


You will have an academic internship at a Russian company. Working with Russian-speaking colleagues will give you the opportunity to learn professional vocab, and drastically improve your Russian communication skills. An internship experience in the capital of Russia will make you to stand out among the competition in the eyes of HR managers.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

You are required to take Russian language courses at their level and a weekly seminar on topics about the contemporary Russian society that is taught in English.

Internships: Internship opportunities are available for participants with intermediate or advanced level of Russian. Internship placements are available in a wide range of Russian businesses, think tanks and NGOs. You are expected to work 3-4 hours a day 3-4 times a week for the duration of the program at your host organizations. You are also expected to meet with your mentor regularly to discuss your experiences and observations in the workplace. Here is a list of the Summer 2017 internship placement opportunities:     

  • Kidsave International (Charity)
  • PIR-Center for Political Studies
  • Slavic Center for Law and Justice (Law firm)
  • Tsaritsyno Museum and Park
  • Olympic Star Fitness Center
  • PR Partner (PR Agency)
  • Oil and Gas Research Center
  • Kaspersky Lab (IT)
  • The Moscow Times (Newspaper)
  • Chekhov Russian Drama Theatre
  • Latvian Biomedical Research Center
  • Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment
  • The Riga Ghetto Museum
  • Gelios Law Firm
  • Child and Adolescence Shelter Center Vit
  • Baldone Astronomic Observatory

Weekly Seminar: Taught in English by faculty members from the Academy of National Economy and guest speakers, this weekly seminar is going to focus on different issues that Russia faces as a country.

Russian Language Courses:

An 8-week-long (128-hour) course in elementary, intermediate or advanced Russian.

  • Elementary Russian is designed for students without any knowledge of Russian.
  • Intermediate Russian is designed for students who have completed one or two years of Russian in college and are looking to develop proficiency in conversation. Intermediate students may be divided into sub-groups, depending on their placement test results.
  • Advanced Russian is designed for students focused on business/professional Russian and aims to refine their language and achieve fluency.

You will take a total of 9 credits on this program. Your Internship will be worth 3 credits and your Russian Language course will be worth 6 credits.

Review Russian International Summer School’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


You have the option of staying in the dorms or staying in a homestay. If you decide to stay in the dorms, you will be placed in a double room. If you plan to stay in a homestay, your options may vary between a single and double room.


If you stay in the dorms, you will be responsible for all of your meals. If you stay in the homestay, you will have two meals a day included with your housing. It is important to note that housing in a homestay is more expensive.

Summer 2019

Estimate of Costs

Russia Internship 9 credits Summer 2019

For reference, review the Summer 2018 Estimate of Costs. This cost sheet is based on dorm room accommodations.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors of all majors with at least 3.0 GPA with good academic standing are welcome to apply. Students with lower GPA should consult with the program coordinator about whether or not to apply. Prior knowledge of Russian is not required.

Experiential Learning

You can explore the vibrant Moscow life: visit museums, attend concerts and sip lemonade in open air cafes. And last, but not least, you can travel to other Russian cities as well as the former USSR countries.

If you want more activities and tours of Moscow’s historic landmarks and attractions, help can be provided.

Funding Opportunities

** Summer 2019 Scholarship is automatically applied for housing and program fees. See estimate of costs for details. This scholarship may or may not be available for future terms. 

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay

About the City

The Russian International Summer School in is a one-of-a-kind summer program which gives international students a unique opportunity to improve their language skills and gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Russia. By learning Russian and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore Moscow, meet Russians, work as an intern in various companies and organizations, you will gain deeper insight into Russian culture, history, politics, and economics.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program.You will need a VISA for this program. The staff at MSSES will help you complete the steps needed to obtain a VISA. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Summer programs: December

Summer 2019 

Program Dates

06/3/2019 to 7/28/2019

About the Program

The University at Albany partners with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow to offer this exciting summer internship program. Recent developments in global affairs have reaffirmed the importance of Russia and the need for creating a new generation of scholars and analysts who understand this complex country.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at MSSES, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

MSSES’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.