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Internship Russian and Eurasian Studies


Admission requirements

Apply to the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies Examination Committee.


The MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies offers students the opportunity to fill their discretionary space (10 EC) with an internship at an organisation relevant to the study of Russia and Eurasia, in or outside the Netherlands. Students are free to choose an internship organisation but require the approval of the Board of Examiners of the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies, for which they need to submit a detailed internship plan. The plan should include a specific assignment and a research component. Career Service Humanities can help you, see: Career Service Humanities. In order to obtain 10 EC, students are required to (a) complete the internship project and write a personal reflection report in which they address nos. 1-5 of the course objectives (see below); (b) write an academic paper on a topic relevant to the internship and the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies, including a short lay summary (see course objective nos. 6-8). The academic paper may, for instance, consist of an inventory and analysis of data collected in the framework of the internship project but should always be embedded in a relevant research context with reference to scholarly literature.

Course objectives

  1. Applying and extending the knowledge and skills acquired in your study programme in a specific professional context
  2. Developing and improving the communication skills required to communicate knowledge and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  3. Developing and improving the ability to collaborate with others by clearly defining the contribution of your own field in solving a specific problem (scientific or other)
  4. Developing and improving knowledge and understanding of working in the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies
  5. Forming professional contacts that may contribute to a smoother transition from study to labour market
  6. Collecting and analysing data and/or sources that can be used to reach a conclusion based on scientific, social and/or ethical aspects
  7. The ability to independently draw up an adequate scholarly report of the research conducted in the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies in various presentation forms
  8. The ability to communicate the scientific knowledge and skills that are characteristic of graduates of the master’s degree programme Russian and Eurasian Studies in a socially relevant way

Assessment method


  • Part I: pass/fail (to be assessed by the organisation supervisor, in consultation with the academic internship supervisor)

  • Part II: 100% (to be assessed by the academic internship supervisor)
    Students who fail Part I, will fail the whole course. The final grade will be the same as the grade of Part II.