Internships and Careers for students of Russian and Eurasian studies

The revitalized post-Soviet Russia offers a wealth of new areas to explore. Whether your interest lies in Russia or in one of the other independent states (Kazakhstan, Lithuania, or Georgia), a wide range of careers is available for individuals with a sense of adventure, along with energy and imagination. For students who do not choose to major in Russian, the experience of recent alum has shown that study in the field can be profitably combined with majors in history, economics, international relations, environmental studies, or in the natural sciences. A summer internship, research project, or language study in Russia or in Eurasia more broadly allows students to use Russian and to apply what they have learned to explore possible career paths.
  • Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Helpful Advisors

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alum through The Gates, our exclusive networking platform. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

Careers

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at: The National Yiddish Book Center, Sotheby’s (Auctioneer), Boston University, Smithsonian Institute, Morgan Stanley, U.S. Department of State, CIA/FBI, Text 100 Public Relations, and more. Russian studies alum are also working as academics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, and the University of Georgia, among others.

Positions held by students with this major include:

  • Research (academic)
  • Journalism / Foreign News
  • Analyst in Finance or in Think Tanks
  • Business Consultant
  • Government Employee (State Department)
  • Operations Manager (banking and finance)
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Social Worker (working among Russian communities in the U.S.)
  • Program Coordinator/Assistant
  • Account Executive
  • Project Manager (NGO work)
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Community Relations
  • Program Coordinator/Assistant
  • Diplomat

Resources

Students and alum who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alum who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.

  • RussNet Jobs includes the best links to Russian/Eurasian employment, scholarship/fellowship, and career development websites.
  • Intern Abroad: Information on internships, volunteer projects, language schools, job opportunities abroad.
  • Global Experiences: Offers internships in Europe or abroad in many areas, such as ESL teaching, volunteering abroad programs in Ecuador, and adventure travel.
  • Government/Federal Overseas Jobs
  • Peace Corps
  • Foreign Affairs: since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs.
  • Idealist.Org is a nonprofit site that includes internship and volunteer listings for a variety of countries.
  • What Can I Do With This Major: Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with language majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.