Media / Journalism
AT A GLANCE
Timing: Summer only (4-week program, but can be combined with other options for a longer stay)
Accommodations: Host family
Cost: $1,890 (4 weeks)
This internship is about exploring Russia at street-level. You get hands-on experience with field research and polish your Russian. The experience culminates with a written work that is considered for publication in Downtown.ru, a popular Voronezh newspaper.
Q: What is it like?
This internship combines small-group classroom instruction, hands-on field research, and intensive writing.
During the first week, you refine your topic, learn how to gather information, and structure your research. You can explore any topic you like. If you don’t have one, we will help you find one. The second and third week is the research itself. You are out and about, doing interviews, observing, running surveys, etc. The fourth week is when you write.
For example, imagine that you want to see if Voronezh has any vegans.
While doing your research, you find that Voronezh actually has several vegan-friendly restaurants. Your supervisor sets up an interview with the owner of one, who in turn recommends you visit a local yoga studio (and mention his awesome restaurant). At the studio, you learn that healthy living is very popular in Russia, particularly among young people.
Your article basically writes itself. You talk about the challenge of being a vegan in a country that loves its meat and milk. You publish this on your blog and make a note to send it to your university paper when you return. But what would the locals make of it? This isn’t really news for them.
For the locals, you make yourself the subject. You write that Voronezh has surprised you. Your journey has led you to people, places, and ideas that may not be visible at first glance, but are just as part of the mainstream. Now, that’s something. A Russian language teacher helps you shape your writing into a polished article. You submit the article to the online paper for review and possible publication.
Q: Where will I work?
This internship is led by the editor in chief of Downtown.ru. He teaches the group, offers individual guidance on the research, and sets up interviews where necessary.
Your official host will be the same local language academy that takes our English teaching interns. The organization will provide the necessary classroom or office facilities. But, remember, this internship is about meeting people. A lot of your work will take place off-site, wherever your research takes you.
Q: Where will I live?
You will stay with a host family, maybe two.
Your homestay is a place to rest and a glimpse into Russian family life. Your host family will likely be out during the day, so you won't get a steam bowl of fresh borscht every day. But, you do get a chance to sit together at the dinner table and chat about their day and yours. It's an experience you cannot replicate in a classroom.
Q: Is my Russian good enough to participate?
We require at least a basic level of Russian language for all of our programs (ILR level 1). However, the internship can be adapted to speakers of different levels. Advanced and heritage speakers are welcome.
As part of the application process, we may ask you to take a short language test.
If you are unsure about your level, please contact us.
Q: How much Russian practice do I get?
You practice Russian basically everywhere. Your work will involve English, of course. However, outside of that, you can speak as much Russian as you like. With your host family, with your colleagues, students (if you have any), their friends... this internship is as immersive as you want to make it.
For that bit of extra practice, a tutor will be around once or twice per week to help you clear up anything you don't understand. Less focused on grammar and more on language use, these sessions will help you better absorb what you see and hear.
Q: What about free time?
It will be a combination of the planned and spontaneous. You will have a few planned weekend activities, like a trip to a museum or a nearby town. Spontaneous opportunities will fill the other time. These will probably involve colleagues from your workplace or your host family. You are a special guest for these people, and it's almost inevitable that you will spend time with them.
Q: Where does this internship take place?
This internship takes place in Voronezh. Read a description of it on the locations page.
Q: When does this internship take place?
This internship takes place in July and only lasts for 4 weeks. However, it can be combined with other options for a longer stay.
The application will as for your availability and travel preferences. We will do our best to match those from what is available.
Q: How much does it cost?
For a list of program fees for the different internship types and other estimated costs you may incur, see costs page
Q: How do I apply?
Fill out the application on the
Q: When is the deadline to apply?
We must receive your application at least 2.5 months from your preferred start date. For more information on the application process, see application deadline page.
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