"By the time you arrive, many hours of preparation will have gone into organizing your work and your stay. We look forward to your arrival."
Milana Furman, Voronezh City Coordinator
Is Russia safe for me? Yes.
Russia is safe. The places you will go require no extra-ordinary precautions, aside from the usual list of do's and don'ts when traveling. Notwithstanding the political discourse, you will be a welcome guest.
For our part, we make sure that you are in good hands from the moment you arrive. For issues large and small, you will have a local city coordinator to advise you and a large local support network to lean on.
Experience. Your experience will be more challenging and immersive than what most students of Russia experience in their entire academic careers. This matters, and you will see others treat you more as a specialist and less as a student. For our part, we will help to make sure that your accomplishment shines through on your resume.
Networking. You will become a part of a very special group of alumni that includes Fulbright scholars, diplomats, consultants, and researchers, just to name a few. You will have in common an experience that is both exceptionally challenging and very personal, which will allow you to stay in touch. We will help you to do so.
Airport meeting. You can rest assured that someone is waiting for you on the other end. They will have been preparing for your arrival for some time, and you will have their name and contact info.
In-country travel. We take care of in-country logistics and accompany you the rest of the way to your host city. At the very least, it is a three-hour drive to Ryazan. The trains for Nerekhta and Voronezh leave in the evening, so you may even catch a couple of sights in Moscow before traveling on.
Orientation. Before you start work, we will help get your bearings. Your city coordinator will show you where you will live, introduce you to your employer, and take care of some administrative items (e.g. SIM card). You will also learn how to get around the city and receive a work schedule.
We are there to help you make the most of your trip. You will have a big local support network of friends, colleagues, and hosts. Our city coordinator is always a quick phone call away.
You can apply to the Crossroads Eurasia program by submitting an online application form. We will follow up with a Skype interview to clarify the information you provided.
Internship placement is based on your objectives, qualification, and space availability. If we are able to find you a spot, we will make you an offer, which you will need to confirm within one week with a $300 security deposit. The remainder will be due within 45 days or by end-April, whichever is soonest.
Once we have your confirmation, we will start helping you prepare for your trip.
For your resume. Our goal is to make sure that you succeed. All materials will be provided, and your city coordinator will confirm that you know what is expected.
Academic credit. Our internships qualify for university internship requirements. If you require this, let us know.
Recharge. You can rest assured that you will be safe and taken care of (and well-fed). Our host families are well-known to our city coordinators and many have hosted international guests before. Your hosts will provide you with most meals (a big expense otherwise).
Top up or slow down. You will be surrounded by Russians, many of them your age. You can spend as much or as little time with them as you like. Every location presents its own set of structured and spontaneous opportunities to get to know Russia better and come away with some genuine friendships.
By the time you go, you will have everything you need for a successful summer. We will be in touch at critical moments to answer any questions and make sure that you stay on top of deadlines.
"From the very beginning they make you feel very comfortable. They walk you through all of the steps regarding visas and paperwork. They answered all of my questions quickly and to satisfaction. They really make you feel like you are safe and in good hands."
Ben K. (Coucher College)
"The experience has given me a great jumping-off foundation for further travel and work in Russia and other post-Soviet states."
April G., Georgetown University