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Interning Abroad in Moscow

Having been at the center of Russian history for centuries, Moscow remains to this day one of the most important cities in the world. Russia’s capital is home to over 12 million people and is a major global city with great international influence in trade, politics, and culture. If you are looking to intern abroad in Russia in a place that is all at once historically fascinating, architecturally beautiful, and a focal point in global business, then look no further than internships in Moscow.

Internships in Moscow

Moscow has one of the largest economies of any city in the world, so interns will have no trouble finding internships in Moscow in a wide variety of professional fields. Many multinational companies and organizations have branches or offices in Moscow, and there are plenty of domestic internship opportunities as well.

The city’s most booming industries include finance, energy, technology, and production of raw materials. Your opportunities for internships in Moscow are by no means limited to these sectors though, there is a little bit of something for everyone in Moscow!

Many internship opportunities in Moscow will include the additional opportunity to enroll in Russian language courses. Though internships in Moscow can be both in English and Russian, making an effort to learn the language while living in Russia will make your life a whole lot easier. Russian is also one of the most sought-after languages in the world among numerous employers, therefore learning the language will be improving your future job prospects too.

Most internships in Moscow last between two and six months, depending on if you are a graduate or still  a student. If you are still pursuing your degree, then there are some internship programs that offer the opportunity to earn academic credit in a variety of subjects through your placement.

Life in Moscow

Moscow is the largest city in Europe, so those who intern abroad in Moscow will certainly have their hands full taking in all there is to offer. From the Kremlin to St. Basil’s Cathedral to Ostankino Tower (the tallest structure in Europe), be prepared to explore a giant metropolis, where everyday the old comes up against the new. While living and interning in Moscow will undoubtedly come with its fair share of culture shock, you will leave your internship enamored with the city’s vitality.

Moscow’s metropolitan area is serviced by the largest metro system in Europe, boasting nearly 200 stops around the cityscape, so you will have no problem getting around town. Moscow also is a major international transportation hub, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia, and serving as the westernmost stop of the infamous Trans-Siberian railway, which spans the continent.

Culturally, Moscow is a tremendous display of the Russian national character. The food, architecture, museums, people, everything about interning abroad in Moscow will provide interns with an authentic experience of one of the world’s oldest and greatest societies. Throughout its history, Moscow has always been a leading force in politics, thought, and social movements for Russia, and the city continues to carry forth this prestige today.

Salary & Costs

Internships in Moscow can be either paid or unpaid, depending on what industry you decide to intern in. If your internship in Moscow is unpaid, employers will often compensate you in other ways, such as by providing meals, transportation, and/or housing.

Be warned in advance: Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in for foreigners. While the city may be home to more billionaires than any other city in the world, most common folk pay the price for living in such a globally important metropolis. As an intern abroad in Moscow you will want to plan a careful budget for the duration of your internship, while taking advantage of the city’s many free attractions and entertainments too.

Accommodation & Visas

Most interns either live with a host family or in an apartment with peers or colleagues, depending on what is offered by your internship provider or employer. Rent can be very expensive in Moscow, especially close to the city center, so if a homestay is an option then definitely consider it! For language learners, homestays are a great way to get some extra practice conversing with your host family as well.

Russia’s visa policy can be quite strict, but is becoming more open in recent years. Your internship provider should be able to help you organize a visa, but it is a good idea to take initiative and get started on the visa process early. For more details on Russia’s visa policy toward your specific home nation, you can check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Competitive Experience. Moscow is a unique and very impressive location for an internship abroad, especially in the eyes of future employers. As a major center of global business, it will look great on your resume having practical work experience through an internship in Moscow.

Learn Russian. Russian is one of six official language used by the United Nations, making it very useful for future job prospects in the international arena. Whatever profession you are pursuing, learning Russian while interning in Moscow will be a big boost to your resume and career.

Rich History. Russia is one of the most continuously fascinating countries in the world, from the days of the Russian Empire through the October Revolution to its position today as a world superpower. Living and interning in Moscow will put you at the center of it all.

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