Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Internship in Moscow

The Higher School of Economics


Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Faculty of Economics Sciences at Higher School of Economics (HSE) is proud to begin receiving applications for semester-long unpaid internships during the Spring 2018 semester. UT undergraduate students in their junior and senior years, as well as recent graduates, are invited to apply.


HSE can accommodate various backgrounds and academic and professional interests. They would like to find motivated interns who are ready to work to accomplish certain tasks while changing the environment around them. They need people with excellent work ethics, who are creative and hard-working, and who can inspire people around them with their innovative attitude and performance, bringing U.S. service standards to the Russian environment.

The qualities they are looking for are:

  • Interpersonal skills, including patience, motivation, clarity of reasoning and excellent English communication skills
  • Ability to write and edit in English
  • Strong commitment to professional behavior and ability to handle Moscow’s fast paced environment
  • Genuine interest in helping others

The most successful candidate will possess outstanding writing and communication skills in English. No prior knowledge of Russian is required, but an interest in learning Russian is a must.


Each intern may take from one to four classes in the HSE/NES joint undergraduate program. Up to two of the four classes can be taken from other departments and programs of HSE.

* Students who receive a travel stipend from CREEES to participate in this internship must be willing to attend the CREEES Awards Ceremony on the last class day of the Spring semester to thank the donors who made their award possible.

Some parts of the job will be constant and others will be less predictable. A lot depends on the intern’s own motivation, background and time management abilities. An intern might be asked to spend several hours per week consulting with students about their writing or helping them improve their conversational English, while at the same time there may be new tasks every day. The intern’s duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • International exchange office promotion and marketing
  • English editor and writer (various fields)
  • Promotion and marketing of the internship and student exchange programs – concept, printed materials, video, interviews, communications
  • Faculty assistant
  • BA student counselor (for students applying abroad, helping to write personal statements, etc.)
  • Consulting in the Writing Center
  • English department assistant

You can read about past intern experiences here and on HSE's website. Read an interview with a CREEES alumna of the program on the HSE website.


As an internationally oriented program, HSE provides the friendliest and most productive atmosphere possible for someone who wishes to study Russian, spend time in Moscow and learn more about Russia.

The following benefits are provided to each intern:

  • $1,000 travel stipend from the McWilliams Endowment for Excellence
  • Student visa invitation letter
  • Accommodation in one of HSE's dorms in a shared room for only $20 a month!
  • Interns must enroll in HSE courses (more information available here)
  • Participation in all events open to HSE students
The intern must cover the following costs him or herself:
  • Visa and visa-related costs (including HIV test, photos, travel insurance, etc.)
  • Food and entertainment in Moscow
  • Airfare and transfers to and from the airport both in the U.S. and in Moscow (which are about $10)


An intern should provide:

  • Personal statement (with name, EID and HSE Internship printed on top) that describes his or her plan to contribute to HSE and develop him or herself at HSE;
  • Current CV or resume, 2 pages maximum;
  • TWO letters of reference (of which at least one should be from college faculty).
Those interested should:
  1. Save application materials (personal statement and CV) as a .pdf file with the following naming convention: LastName-Internship-Statement.pdf or LastName-Internship-CV.pdf
  2. Contact the two references several weeks in advance of the deadline and ask them to submit their letters to with the subject line: “ApplicantLastName Moscow Internship Recommendation”
  3. Upload application materials to the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies using the UTBox widget below.

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