The work spans the creative and the practical.
This year (2020), we are looking for students to translate a series of audio-guides on the history of Russian regions, with a focus on the stories of aristocratic manor houses that dot the countryside.
We are also looking for students to help out at a Voronezh-based translation agency with a variety of business-oriented projects — websites, press articles, bank statements — the kinds of work that a professional translator would see day-to-day.
Our aim is to provide you with a variety of tasks. However, let us know if you would prefer to focus on a particular type of work.
In practical terms, the internship kicks off with a two-day seminar on the tools of the trade with a local professional translator. After that, you get started on the project or projects assigned to you. The work is independent, though the professional will be available to answer questions and provide support and extra training.
The work is 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.
Your work is unlikely to be from a one location. Work done for the translation agency may be on-site, but that depends on the project you are working on. The language school that hosts our English teachers may be another. It is important for us that you meet people and get involved with the social life of the city. Spending time at the language school is a good way of doing so.
Just as likely, you may find that you prefer to work from a comfortable place of your choice, e.g. a cafe or your host family’s home.
You will stay with one or more host families (depending on the length of your program).
Your home-stay 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.
The better your Russian, the more challenging we can make the experience. But the absolute minimum we will accept for translation is 4 semesters of university-level Russian or equivalent. As part of the application process, we may ask you to take a short language test.
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 twice per week to help you clear up anything you don't understand. Less focused on grammar and more on language use, these individualized sessions will help you better absorb what you see and hear.
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.
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 for a summer internship is 12 weeks.
This internship takes place in Voronezh. Read a description of it on the locations page. Getting there is easy. Once you are accepted into the program, we will send you instructions on what city/airport you need to fly to and when. Our representative will meet you there.
For a list of program fees for the different internship types and other estimated costs you may incur, see the costs page
Fill out the application on the apply page. The application will ask you questions about your preferences for the type of work you want to do and the timing of your travel.