Get an internship in Russia and explore the largest country in the world! Russia covers approximately an eighth of the world's inhabited area, almost twice the size of the United States and borders 14 countries. Due to its size, Russia has something to suit all travelers from the subtropical climate of the Black Sea to the arctic temperatures of Siberia.

Russia has plenty to offer interns with its rich history and cultural heritage. The country has renowned museums, famous theaters and ornate buildings and many world heritage sites. Visitors experience a unique culture – influenced from both Europe and Asia. Its rapidly growing economy also makes it a great destination, particularly for business internships.

Business/International Business

With Russia’s fast growing economy, many international companies have offices or headquarters here. Areas such as marketing, accounting, and finance are generally favorable fields for internships. However, these jobs should be pre-arranged, as finding a business to sponsor you will be very difficult once you're in Russia.

Teaching English

Teaching English is a great way to experience Russia. There are many companies that are able to assist you with placements and can also assist with accommodation and your visa. Many require you to take Russian language classes at the beginning of your placement and an intermediate level of Russia preferred.

Hospitality Tourism

There are many new developments along the coast of the Black Sea as Russia gets prepared to host the Winter Olympics. The rapid growth in the tourism industry makes it a great time for those interested in business or hospitality internships.

International Development

There are many not for profit organizations that offer internships in Russia, from international development to environmental conservation. Most of these positions are usually unpaid and can range in duration from 3 weeks to one year.

Energy and Oil

Russia has the largest reserves of mineral and energy and is the largest producer of oil and natural gas.

When and Where to Look for an Internship

Major cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg are most popular with international companies and many offices are located in these cities. The Coast is great for hospitality internships with many resorts.

You could travel to Russia without an internship lined up but this will be extremely difficult. Unless you already have a contact in Russia It is best to make arrangements through an agency that will be able to help you apply for your business visa and internship. These agencies usually have additional fees and requirements, and it is best to apply a couple of months before you plan on leaving.

Cost of Living in Russia

Unfortunately, Russia is a relatively expensive country to live in with Moscow and St. Petersburg among the most expensive cities in Europe. Similar to the United States, the cost of living varies greatly depending on where you live. Generally, the closer to the city, the higher the rent. However, there are some rural areas that can be just as expensive.

The two most popular cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the most expensive cities to live in within Europe. For example, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Moscow is $740 (Rio Novosti).

While rent is very expensive, other expenses such as groceries, petrol, and transport are relatively cheap. During most internships, another job is not permitted. Simple changes such as eating at home and packing your own lunch will help you to keep expenses down.

Etiquette

Russians are generally more reserved and somber. Therefore, speaking or laughing loudly is considered rude. Introductions may seem distant but once you get better acquainted, smiles will become more common. In addition, a western smile can be interpreted as insincere or that you find their behavior amusing or odd.

Women are highly respected audit is common for doors to be opened by males and assistance offered with carrying heavy bags for instance. This treatment is also expected from male travellers. This cultural difference should not be seen as sexual harassment or to condescend females.

Language

An intermediate level of Russian is required for most internships, particularly in smaller towns where locals may only speak Russian. Some programs also require participation in language simultaneous to your internship.

Networking

Vkontakte.ru is the dominant social network used in Russia similar to Facebook. With Russians more reserved approach, be aware that creating relationships will take slightly longer but will be valuable once gained.

Contributed by Sarah Young

Internship Programs in Russia

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Crossroads Eurasia
Crossroads Eurasia: Internships in Russia
Russia
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Liden and Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages
Part time internships (work & study) at Liden & Denz
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9.6 •10 reviews

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American Councils Study Abroad
Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Europe Internships
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Earn invaluable professional experience in an international setting...

EDUCA Russian Language School
Internships and Volunteering
Russia
10 •1 review

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ProfIntern
Intern in Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg
Russia
10 •6 reviews

ProfIntern provides a unique combination of Russian studies and...

Hudson Group
Teacher Intern Program in Moscow, Russia
Russia
9 •1 review

A Teacher Intern is a person who is able to engage students in various...

Liden and Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages
Internship in Hospitality: Receptionist at a hotel
Russia

Requirements: - Good level of English - Knowledge of hospitality...

Language Link - Russia
Language Link - Teaching Internships in Russia
Russia

Every year, Language Links has roughly 30 internship openings...

Teach and Learn Russia
Teach English in Russia as an Intern
Russia

Would you like to do an internship in Russia? Would you like to gain...

BEST Programs
Intern in Europe: Spain, Russia, Belgium or Italy
Multiple Countries

BEST will find you an internship in virtually any industry or major...

HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development
Research Associate Internship - Scholar on Brazilian Law
Russia

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HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development
Research Associate Internship - Scholar on Chinese Law
Russia

The HSE- Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development at the National...

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)
Report from Abroad Internship - Russia
Russia

Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart...

Alfa Fellowship Program
Alfa Fellowship Program
Russia

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development...

Volunteer Programs in Russia

Volunteering is also a great way to gain working experience in Russia
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    Russia
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    10 •1 review

    Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982...

  • International Youth Center, Russia
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    Russia
    9.5 •2 reviews

    Children on the English language camps are divided into groups and...

  • Camp Iskra
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    Russia
    9 •1 review

    Camp Iskra is located in Northwest Russia. We offer language programs...

  • Ecologia Youth Trust
    Volunteer in a children's community in Russia
    Russia
    8 •1 review

    This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer in a children's community...

  • Liden and Denz Intercultural Institute of Languages
    Volunteering in a charity organisation in St. Petersburg
    Russia

    Requirements: - Native English, German or French speaker - Tolerant...

  • Cultural Homestay International
    Volunteer Teaching in Russia
    Russia

    Join Cultural Homestay International's World Explorers program in...

  • ProBa Language Centre
    Volunteer and Language Programs in Russia
    Russia

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  • Enjoy Russian Language School
    Volunteer & Learn Russian - Enjoy Russian Language School
    Russia

    Program is a perfect opportunity for enthusiastic people to travel...

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