Finding an internship in Russia may be quite complicated. Find some useful tips regarding internships in this article.
Students from across the globe dream of performing an internship abroad. Russia is obviously one of these countries due to its developed economy and the various opportunities which are available there. However, it can be quite difficult for foreigners to obtain an internship offer in the country. Various conditions apply. First of all, trainee should be aware of the fact that they are required to spend most of their time with their studies, but they are also allowed to perform a part-time job if they have to. Moreover, they should be at least 18 years old, be able to speak Russian and agree to a 2 to 6 months duration training.
To be able to perform an internship in Russia, you must obtain an invitation by a Russian company beforehand. Hence, you are required to register with a Russian university. The invitation to Russia letter will then be issued by the Russia Ministry of Internal Affairs' Passport and Visa department. Once you have obtained this document, you can apply for the visa with the nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate to your place of residence in your home country.
Apply for a visa
You may choose between a short visa, if your training has a less than three months duration, or a long stay visa if your training will last for more than three months. Note that the short stay visa costs some 60 euros while the long stay visa costs around 110 euros. Document to be produced to apply for the visa are the following:
- a duly filled and signed visa application form which is available at visa.kdmid.ru
- two 3.5 x 4.5 cm color photograph
- a valid passport with at least 3 blank pages for the visa stamps (it should be valid for at least 6 months following the visa expiry date)
- a photocopy of your passport's first three pages
- a medical insurance covering the whole duration of your stay in Russia
- the original letter of invitation issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs or a Russian university
- an AIDS screening certificate if you wish to stay for more than 3 months.
Register with a Russian university
Enrollment in Russian universities generally lasts from May 1st to October 15th. You are required to settled registration fees on September 1st at the latest. You may make a bank transfer if you are not yet in the country. Note that you can proceed with the registration on your own or with the assistance of a specialized agency.
The following documents will be required during registration:
- an approved secondary education certificate
- a certificate of fixed income proving that you will be able to support yourself during your stay in Russia (tuition, rent, insurance, meals)
- a certificate of academic ability
- a good health certificate.
Good to know:
In general, you will need some US$ 1,500 to US$ 2,000 for tuition fees, between US$ 300 to US$ 600 dollars per year for rent, some US$105 to US$ 200 per year for insurance fees and an average of US$ 150 per month for your meals.
Find an internship in Russia
There are various ways to find an internship in Russia. You can start by checking out internship offers on the internet. You may also advertise your internship search so that potential employers may contact you. Moreover, you can inquire on available opportunities with the University of Moscow. However, feels may apply.
Sending spontaneous internship applications is also a common practice. Proceedings are similar to those of a job application. Hence, you will be sending your resume along with a cover letter to a few companies operating in the country.
You are required to perform all related steps at least 3 months before joining the company for internship.