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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 possibility to exchange one course for an internship at an organisation/institution relevant to the study of Russia and Eurasia, in or outside of the Netherlands. Students are free to choose their own host institution, though need final approval by the Examination Committee of the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Academic research and presentation is a crucial aspect of the internship. Students are therefore required to:

  • Submit a research proposal of 1,250 words including bibliography that provides an overview of the academic research paper. This overview should include a research question, an introduction detailing scholarly relevance, methodology, plan, and initial bibliography. Sources must be cited in the research proposal.

  • Submit an academic research paper of 4,000 words including bibliography on a topic relevant to both the Internship Organisation and the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Course objectives

  • Gain work experience related to the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies program

  • Demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, develop the capacity for independent learning.


To be agreed with Internship Supervisor.

Mode of instruction

Seminars with Internship Supervisor.

Course Load

  • 280 hours (10 EC).

  • Preparation and devising a plan : 30 hours.

  • Interaction with local and Leiden supervisors: 20 hours.

  • Working on the project: 200 hours

  • Writing final report: 30 hours

Assessment method

  • Research proposal: 20%

  • Research paper of 4,000 words: 80%



Reading list

To be agreed with Internship Supervisor.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact information

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact yor supervisor:

Coordinator of Studies: mw. drs. T. Bouma

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


For additional information on internships, see the website of Leiden University’s Careers Service