Intern Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

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Internships in Eastern Europe & Russia


63 Internships Abroad in Eastern Europe & Russia

ELI-Experiential Learning International

Intern at the Jewish Museum in Poland with ELI - Experiential Learning International and learn more about Jewish history in Eastern Europe. Participants may choose among three program tracks: work as a tour guide and youth workshop facilitator, as a publications expert handling educational and promotional materials, and in public relations, marketing and fundraising for the museum.

Internship Programs with Projects Abroad

Volunteer as an intern in one of the prestigious companies in Eastern Europe with Projects Abroad. Gain new work experiences, as well as professional skills, while immersing in the culture, lifestyle, and society of these great nations. This program is available to participants all over the world.

Teacher Internship Program in Russia with Language Link

Live in Russia for a few months on a combined work and study program with Language Link. The program begins with a two-week orientation and Teaching English as a Foreign Language training, where participants can practice, teach, and observe classes. In the weeks that follow, participants go on their internships to teach classes. The program is open to applicants from the United States, Australi...

Liden & Denz Language centres St. Petersburg, Moscow and Riga

Become an Events Coordinator Assistant through this internship placement offered by the Liden & Denz Language Centre. Interns perform the following tasks: - Assist in organizing various activities and conferences - Assist in creating press releases about upcoming events - Translate advertising and information materials for web, social networks, printed ads from Russian into German - Par...

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)

Students majoring in Business related courses can engage in semester-long internship programs in Asia with the College Consortium for International Studies. Gain invaluable work experience while learning about Indian culture and language. This program provides room and board, health insurance, and educational excursions.

United Planet

A internship program in the Eastern European country of Romania provides international work experience while living in a beautiful location! United Planet offers programs year round in which participants can work on placements in Development.

Crossroads Eurasia Summer Internships in Russia

Crossroads Eurasia offers summer internships in Russia for undergraduate students or recent graduates who are native English speakers and have an interest in Russia. Three types of internship placements are available -- teaching English, working as a camp counselor, and translation. Placements last between 1 and 2 months and are located in Russia's regional centers. All internships are with...

Istanbul Internship Program

Now you can experience the working world while studying and working abroad with the local communities in the dynamic and fascinating city of Istanbul, Turkey. This unique cultural experience is enhanced by a special working placement that will boost your resume in so many ways. Placements involve social responsibility – you may join a multinational, a Non-Governmental Organization, a non-profit...

Bachelor Degree Gastronomy and Culinary Arts (in English)

Culinary Arts Institute at VUMK (CAI) is a contemporary and ahead of the pack alternative of the traditional culinary arts education. We aim at promoting the classics, respecting the modern trends and leading the revolution in the "culinary world". Thereby we blend Classics, Modernity and Arts. You will graduate CAI as a culinary architect, who is competitive on national, regional and worldwide...

ProBa Language Centre

Proba Language Centre offers international internships in Eastern Europe. Work in the Education and Health industries in Russia. Program is open to Americans, Europeans, and Australians.

Gap Medics

Complete an internship with Gap Medics. These pre-health shadowing programs are ideal for students applying to nursing or medical school. Professional mentorship and opportunities for gaining insight into the work of health professionals are available in Tanzania, Czech Republic, and Thailand.

Cultural Vistas

Offers personalized, high-quality intercultural training programs for students and young professionals. Internships are available in Argentina, Germany, and Spain for 3- to 12-months, depending on the program.

Study Abroad Compass

Gain valuable work experience in Eastern Europe and Russia through Study Abroad Compass. Internship programs are offered in industries such as public administration, social sciences, and human rights. Interns may work in the government, research facilities, and law groups. Programs cover on-site orientation, extra-curricular activities, and health insurance. Intern applicant must 18 or over.

Summit Global Education - Summer Multi-Country across Europe

We offer unique traveling study abroad programs which combine the best of international travel with university-level courses. On our educational journeys, students take classes on campus and onsite at some the most culturally interesting locations in the world, where we combine real-world experience with in-class theoretical teaching while visiting top local and international companies and orga...

Teach English Abroad in Turkey with a TEFL/TESOL Certification & Paid Internship

An internship abroad teaching English is a fantastic way to live overseas and get paid to travel the world! Armed with an International TEFL Academy TEFL/TESOL certification, you will be able to work abroad teaching English while getting paid. After completing the TEFL training program, you can quickly begin working in major cities throughout the world. Teaching English as a Foreign Langua...

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Internships in Eastern Europe & Russia

A veritable hotbed of scientific, medical, architectural, and linguistic advancements, Eastern Europe and Russia is an exciting region to learn valuable workplace skills through an internship placement, while soaking up the region’s history. Though many still think of Eastern Europe and Russia as gritty and struggling after the fall of the Soviet Union, the truth is much of the region is thriving today. It’s home to hidden jewels, such as impeccably preserved cathedrals, lush seaside environments, and delicious food. Landing an internship in Eastern Europe or Russia will be a life-changing experience, demonstrating your passion for travel and zest for educational enrichment.


This culturally and socially diverse area is made up of some 20 various countries, all with internships that allow candidates to learn about their field of study and the history of an enchanting group of people with shared cultural ancestry and languages. There are several schools of thought on how to divide Europe into Western and Eastern Europe, most popularly including countries belonging to the former Soviet Union; despite these disputes, countries including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Romania, and several others have long-been accepted as Eastern European countries.

As the birthplace of scientific inventions that allowed humankind to be launched into space, periodic elements to be organized and classified, and information technology that powers the modern world, Russia is a fascinating country. Moscow, Russia’s capital, offers possibility in the fields of business, law, and politics. St. Petersburg, the second largest city, has internship opportunities in the arts, music, and theater. Anyway you have it, Russia is a wonderful, though culturally shocking at times, place to intern abroad.

Interning in Poland can be enticing. Poland boasts a cultural and ethnic heredity of national pride, exquisite food, and the reputation for standing strong through national strife and war. Many Americans can trace some portion of their genealogy to Poland, a country made up of huge national parks, nearly 10,000 bodies of water, and a bustling business community.

Internship Placements

If you’ve decided to intern abroad in Eastern Europe and Russia, then you’re in luck: you can find internships in nearly any one of these countries in a variety of subjects and job fields. Many students are drawn to work with the countless museums and history-preserving organizations throughout Eastern Europe, safeguarding fine arts, artifacts of war and strife, and even important inventions. Museums, such as the Jewish Museum in Poland, often hire interns to act as tour guides or conversation facilitators. 

If Slavic or Balto-Slavic languages are your interest, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, along with most every other Eastern European country, look for interns with various ranges of linguistic knowledge and experience to aid in translation. If you don’t know a foreign language but are fluent in English, internship opportunities to teach local youth English are always available. 

As with anywhere in the world, internships in Eastern Europe’s larger cities are available in the fields of business, law, and even politics. Learning how businesses and governments work halfway around the world, in a region where many smaller countries are still rebounding from Cold War Era politics, is certain to be fascinating learning experience. For those looking to study international relations, foreign consulate provide internships in Eastern Europe and Russia which allow interns to learn the ways of communication between countries and how international agreements come to pass.

Being a historically rich place in terms of science and engineering, internships in Russia and its Eastern European neighbors offer young engineers the perfect chance to practice their trade. Aerospace engineers can intern at one of the many companies in Eastern Europe involved in space exploration, while civil engineers and architects can revel in the classical architecture, some dating back to the Ottoman Empire.

Salary & Costs

Most internships in Eastern Europe and Russia require tight visa and governmental regulations, making it difficult to pay wages to interns. However, interns can sometimes be offered housing or food costs to be paid for by the company they intern with. International internships are invaluable for gaining first-hand experience in the field of your choice, experiencing a different culture and language, and making lasting connections, but if making money is your main goal then working as an intern abroad in any country may not be for you.

Fortunately, when compared to Western Europe, Eastern European prices are substantially lower, when it comes to rent and food costs especially. This, of course, depends on the country you choose to live and intern abroad in. Larger cities, such as Moscow, have higher costs of living, especially in rent costs, however, in a larger city public transportation can save you money getting to and from work and other destinations. interning abroad in a country such as Ukraine or Romania, some of what are considered the poorer countries of Eastern Europe, will be cheaper, but you may sacrifice time or money due to longer transportation periods.

Accommodation & Visas

Similar to studying abroad, those who intern abroad in Russia and Eastern Europe could be set up with a host family for accommodation. Staying with a host family has been shown to increase foreign language competency, expose interns to local foods, and create lasting connections; home stays are also the most affordable option for those interning abroad.

Another option for international interns in Eastern Europe and Russia is to find an apartment near to your placement locations, which affords more personal freedoms but can be a more pricey option. If your internship in Eastern Europe is contracted through a local university, be sure to ask them about housing arrangement possibilities. Often, universities can house interns in dorms or apartment living, which allows the freedom of apartment life at a subsidized cost.

Most countries in the European Union allow foreign travelers to complete internships on a tourist visa, for periods of 90 days or less. With careful planning, a summer internship abroad can easily be completed in less than 90 days, eliminating the need to seek out a more complicated visa. If, however, your internship in Eastern Europe or Russia lasts longer than three months, or your employer intends to compensate you for your internship work, a working visa may have to be obtained. This option requires employer sponsorship, so be sure to communicate with your future internship employer ahead of time.

Benefits & Challenges

For some, thoughts of Eastern Europe revolve around dark political pasts and days of famine; it is true that Eastern Europe doesn’t always have the best reputation. This is one of the biggest challenges you can expect to face if you choose to intern abroad in Russia or Poland, for example, as your own views of these countries may inhibit you from experiencing all these countries have to offer those interning abroad. 

When looking for internships abroad, Eastern Europe is often overlooked in favor of the more popular Western European options. If you’re looking to have a completely unique cultural experience, sample hearty cuisines, and meet people with distinct national pride and interesting life stories, Eastern European countries can guarantee just that.  

An internship abroad in Eastern Europe can show future employers your enthusiasm for international travel and communication, and in a world where global communication is more and more important for a company’s success, international internships can make a huge impact on your resume.

Learning your trade in a country where the language, business culture, and even the way of thinking is different, can teach you new ways to think about your field of interest and help you grow as a student and a future employee.

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