“Working at the translation agency was absolutely fantastic. The work was different every day, allowing my Russian to improve tremendously. My host family (who were more like host friends :D) was so nice; it was a blast hanging out with them. My summer in Voronezh is certainly not one I will soon forget!”Kailey K.
Whether you aspire to be a translator or just want to perfect your language and regional knowledge, this experience is like no other. Working together with Russian colleagues and living with a host family, you will be using Russian all day every day.
Q: What is it like?
The main objective of your day-to-day work will be to translate text from Russian to English and proofread text translated by your Russian colleagues.
To get a sense for what this involves, take as an example a recent project. The client is a Voronezh NGO, set up to promote inbound tourism. It originally focused on tourists from nearby regions. However, its mission expanded to include international tourists as well. It needed help translating its promotional materials into English.
Your project could be as complex as the one above, as simple as translating bank statements and passports, or as unique as an English-language voice-over for an ad campaign. All depends on what we have available at the time of your internship. Your internship will be part-time (i.e. 20 hours per week), so you will still have time to spend with friends, explore the city, and pursue any other interests you have.
Q: Where will I work?
We source translation work from a number of organizations, including both translation agencies and companies needing translation help on one-off projects. Your work may take place on-site or off-site (e.g. at a cafe), or some combination of the two. Either way, you should expect to get to know your colleagues well. They will also be there to provide you with support and guidance as you learn the ropes of the work.
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?
Translation requires at least 4 semesters of university-level Russian or equivalent. Heritage speakers are also welcome.
As part of the application process, we may ask you to take a short language test.
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: When does it take place?
Internships take place during the summer, with start dates at roughly two-week intervals in May, June, and July. The application will ask you for your travel preferences. We will aim to get you started as close to your preferred start date as we can.
For logistical reasons, we require at least 4 weeks of participation. The maximum amount of time you can stay is 12 weeks (visa limit).
Q: Where does this internship take place?
This internship takes place in Voronezh. Read a description of it on the locations page.
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?
See application deadline page.