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    Welcome to the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program
    The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is a summer internship program funded by
    the U.S. Department of State that provides emerging leaders from Eastern Europe,
    the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience
    complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States.

Program Information

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is a summer internship experience which provides participants with the chance to apply lessons learned in the classroom to a workplace setting. Click here to learn more.


Click here to learn about what you need to know before applying and how to apply.

The Experience

Click here to learn about the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program experience.

Program Information

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is a summer internship program funded by the U.S. Department of State that provides emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States. A Muskie Intern intern shows a commitment to developing practical skills and a deeper understanding of American work culture, and readiness to use this experience for implementing positive changes and making a long-lasting impact in their home countries. Participating host organizations are not only at the forefront of bringing innovative talent to the American workplace, but also play a critical role in fostering mutual understanding.

At A Glance

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program invites participants to:

  • Create relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, challenge ideas, and lead to positive innovations;

  • Experience different approaches used in the private, public and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and learn how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address new trends, challenges, and common issues in support of American policy;

  • Become a cultural ambassador promoting and encouraging mutual understanding between the U.S. and Eurasia;

  • Learn how to advocate for issues that help to foster democratization, transition to market economies, and the establishment of a strong civil society.

Costs to participate in the program are covered by the grant, and participants will receive a stipend to cover living expenses in the cities in which their host internship takes place.

Program Components

  1. A Three-day orientation in Washington, D.C.
    • It will includeIncludes team-building exercises, information sessions on community service volunteering, and ways to develop policy briefs and advocacy campaigns.

  2. Three-month professional internship in the participant’s field of study

  3. Virtual learning
    • Participants will beare invited to join a virtual space that willto prepare help them synthesize learning and to get the most out of their internship experience. This regular interaction will introduces participants to each other, provides an overview of the expectations for program outputs, and introduces concepts of volunteerism and community service.
      As a part of virtual learning, participants will:
      • take part in professional development webinars in June and July;
      • share photos and stories about their community service experience;
      • create and submit advocacy campaign or policy briefing on an issue of importance to them, their studies, and work;

  4. Community Service Activity

  5. Closing seminar Seminar in August
    • This is an opportunity to sharefor participants’ participants to share their summer work internship experiences and to further support their career development.

Class of 2016

Participant Field of Study University Host Organization
Nurganym Agzamova Library Science Syracuse University Smithsonian Libraries
Jalil Ahmadov International Tax Law University of Florida NYC Department of Finance
Iuliia Alieva Journalism & Mass Communication University of Missouri, Columbia The United Nations
Sanzhar Baizhanov Public Administration Texas A&M University NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
Olga Bakina Public Health Florida Atlantic University Pan American Health Organization and Lighthouse Grid
Ioanna-Mariia Bakulina Journalism & Mass Communication SUNY Binghamton Alaska Quarterly Review
Mariia Barulina Education - TESOL Indiana University of Pennsylvania University of the Arts
Viktoriia Bazylianska Public Health Wayne State University University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Mariam Begiashvili International Affairs Brandeis University National Democratic Institute
Evgeniia Belobrovkina Public Health University of Misouri, Columbia Public Health Foundation
Nadiia Biletska Public Health & Education Northern Illinois University Northwestern University
Natalia Borisenko Arts Administration Montclair State University Art in General
Iuliia Brusova Music Education University of Missouri, Columbia University of Missouri School of Music
Rodica Cebotarenco Public Finance Administration Northern Illinois University Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Ekaterine Cherkezishvili Public Health Kent State University University Research Co.
Artur Denysenko Energy Policy University of Delaware Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Vasilina Fedoseeva Public Administration Indiana University Children's Defense Fund
Irina Gera Business Administration Willamette University Santander Bank
Armen Ghazaryan Agricultural Economics University of Missouri, Columbia U.S. Department of Agriculture
Iuliia Glushneva Film Education University of Kansas Birds Nest Foundation
Yevheniia Haidamaka Publishing and Mass Communication Savannah College of Art & Design Society of Illustrators
Altynbek Ismailov Economic Development Policy Columbia University International Economic Development Council
Guljamiyla Kaipbergenova International Commercial Law University of Pittsburgh Law White & Case LLP
Aleksandra Kasymova Public Diplomacy and Communications California State University, Fullerton World Learning
Ketevan Khvedelidze Business Administration Rochester Institute of Technology Santander Bank
Anna Klevtcova Environmental Management North Carolina State University Ocean Outcomes
Anna Kolesnichenko Information Sciences - Game Development Michigan State University MSU Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab
Alexander Kondrov Energy Management Washington State University Electrocon International Inc
Ekaterina Kupunia Business Administration and Management Rochester Institute of Technology MRA - The Management Association
Maria Makarova Education - Language Acquisition California State University, Fullerton National Association for Bilingual Education
Raman Maroz International Human Rights Law The University of Notre Dame World Service Authority
Khursand Mavlonazarov Business Administration University of Akron Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
Kateryna Moroz International Human Rights Law University of Miami Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A.
Elena Mun Public Health Management Georgia State University Project HOPE
Sheker Myradova Business Administration Syracuse University EIMC
Nana Naskidashvili Journalism University of Missouri, Columbia Newsweek
Sviatoslav Navrotskyi Agricultural Management University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bayer Crops via Belcan
Mark Opanasiuk International Agriculture Law University of Arkansas Goosmann Law Firm
Tamar Papava Business Administration Georgetown University Amazon
Alexey Perekipniy Business Administration University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Monroe Residential Partners
Liudmila Pestun International Development Ohio University SSG Global Advisors
Denys Pivniak Law - Intellectual Property University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Estefano Law, P.A.
Yulia Popova International Affairs - Interpretation The University of Maryland Voice of America
Olga Putushkina Law - Alternative Dispute Resolution Ohio State University CMPartners
Sabina Ramazanova Education and Technology Indiana University Blackboard
Zhanyl Saparbekova Higher Education Administration California State University, Fullerton California State University, Fullerton
Iana Shchetinskaia International Affairs North Carolina State University Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Nino Simonishvili Information Sciences - Cybersecurity Loyola University Chicago National Cybersecurity Institute
Nadezhda Smakhtina International Affairs American University National Security Archives
Begench Turayev Environmental Management Northeastern University Yaskawa Solectria Solar
Svetlana Vikhnevich Education - TESOL Northern Arizona University National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition



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Participant Responsibilities

All participants must agree to actively participate in the program, including the placement process. Cultural Vistas understands that students have many responsibilities, and we expect being a part of this program will challenge participants to further develop their time management skills. However, the rewards are worth the effort. You will get the chance to gain experience in an American organization, to expand your professional network, and to gain a deeper understanding of the United States and its people.

Who May Apply?

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for the program:

  1. Applicants must currently be a Fulbright Foreign Student, and must be currently studying at a U.S. college or university.

  2. Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following countries:
    Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.

  3. Applicants must be studying in one of the following academic fields:
    Business Administration, Economics, Education, Environmental Management, International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Library and Information Science, Public Administration, Public Health, or Public Policy.

What is Covered?

The support provided by the U.S. Department of State will cover:

Cultural Vistas will make all travel arrangements.
All applications must be submitted electronically.

The application window for the 2017 program has now closed.

About Cultural Vistas

Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.

For more information about Cultural Vistas, please visit culturalvistas.org

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Edmund S. Muskie Program Internship, please contact us today!