"The cultural exposure is unforgettable - not only do you get to do all sorts of Russian things, but you get to do them with people your age, their friends, and their friends. It could get difficult at times being one of less than a dozen Americans within the surrounding hundred miles, but in the end, that was part of the grand beauty I experienced."
Dana H. (Sewanee University of the South)
A Crossroads Eurasia internship is about living Russia, not just studying it.
With Crossroads, you are at work every workday. You get to know your Russian co-workers. Your responsibilities are arranged in advance. You have a manager and you get feedback. On your resume, your internship is evidence that you can thrive overseas, that you are committed to understanding Russia and the region, and that you speak Russian -- all critical for future work or study. If you're thinking of working overseas after graduation, our program is perfect for a test run, as it's similar in terms of independence, immersion, and type of work.
While Moscow and St. Petersburg are beautiful and exciting, they are different from what the rest of Russia is like. Cities like Ryazan, Voronezh, or Kostroma give a much better insight into the way the majority of Russians live. There, the pace of life is slower and fewer people speak English, though day-to-day, you will find that they feel very European. That also means you meet lots of people curious to learn about you and your experiences, eager to make friends, and open to sharing their perspectives on life in Russia.
Imagine spending time with Russians your age, watching TV, listening to some music, going out. With Crossroads Eurasia, you are with people you can relate to at your homestay, at work, and during your free time -- by design. You'll find they are just as curious to get to know you and you can expect to walk away with many new friends at the end of the internship. Whatever your level of Russian, you will also pick up the little linguistic gems that will start to make your Russian flow more naturally. More importantly, you'll get to understand modern Russian culture and society from the inside.
Russia is safe, easy to navigate, and you won't need to take any special precautions. In any event, we've got your back if something doesn't go according to plan. We stay on top of relevant local and national developments, and there will be a locally based coordinator who will help you navigate any issues. While this may be a new experience for you and your parents, it won't be for us.
Once you are back, we want to make sure you make the most of the experience when pursuing your next step. We'll help you convey your Crossroads experience on your resume. You'll also become part of our group of over 100 alumni pursuing careers in the public, private, and NGO communities. They are eager to offer advice on things like scholarships, internships, and potential career paths and have a shared passion for Russia.