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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 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

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

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

  • Virtual learning

    Participants will be invited to join a virtual space that will prepare them to get the most out of their internship experience. This interaction will introduce participants to each other, provide an overview of the expectations for program outputs, and introduce 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;

  • Community Service Activity

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

Class of 2016

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

Class of 2015

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Sharaf Asgarova Azerbaijan Energy and Environmental Law Tulane University Alliance for Affordable Energy
Maia Bashirova Georgia International Economics and Finance Brandeis University State Street Global Advisors
Ingkarim Beg Ali Kazakhstan International Comparative Education Florida State University Education Development Center
Aynur Charkasova Azerbaijan Education, Workforce Development Southern Illinois University Carbondale U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jeren Charyyeva Turkmenistan Energy Management New York Institute of Technology 8minutenergy Renewables
Liudmila Dedushkina Russia Public Administration Northern Illinois University Sister Cities International
Grigory Frolov Russia Public Administration Georgia State University Free Russia Foundation
Kanan Gasimov Azerbaijan Political Science Western Michigan University The United Nations
Maia Gelashvili Georgia Higher and Postsecondary Education Columbia University Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium
Aleksandr Gorbachev Russia Journalism University of Missouri-Columbia Newsweek
Nizoramo Haitova Tajikistan Educational Leadership Western Michigan University The Evaluation Center-Western Michigan University
Alexy Ilin Russia International Affairs Texas A&M University - College Station The Wilson Center Kennan Institute
Zarina Ismailova Tajikistan Operations Management South Dakota State University International Union for Conservation of Nature
Anna Karmazina Russia Public Policy Oregon State University Utah Office of Energy Development
Aigerim Khafizova Kazakhstan Educational Administration and Policy Studies State University of New York - Albany Pathbrite and Udemy
Natalia Kim Russia Film Studies Ohio University U.S. Department of Agriculture
Galyna Korniyenko Ukraine Urban Development and Planning University of Kansas Ohio State University
Zafar Kurbanov Uzbekistan Natural Resource Economics University of Rhode Island International Food Policy Research Institute
Natalia Lukicheva Russia Agricultural and Resource Economics Colorado State University U.S. Department of Agriculture
Anna Lysiuk Ukraine Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington Museum of Modern Art
Anna Maikova Russia Strategic Communication University of Missouri-Columbia State of Place dba Urban Imprint
Marina Minnikova Russia Visual Communication Design Rochester Institute of Technology Sony Pictures
Kristina Navnyko Russia Education - TESOL Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chatham University, English Language Program
Firdavs Navruzov Uzbekistan Education - TESOL Minnesota State University, Mankato Dept. of Education, Office of English Language Acquisitions
Aidar Oruzbaev Kyrgyzstan Intl. Law, Commercial & Investment Arbitration University of Miami Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Igor Pak Uzbekistan Energy and Environmental Law Tulane University The World Bank
Vira Pravosud Ukraine Public Health, Epidemiology University of Kentucky Kentucky Department for Public Health
Alina Rafikova Russia Mass Communication Florida International University The United Nations
Takminakhon Rakhmatova Tajikistan Applied Economics Western Michigan University DevTech Systems
Natalia Rodicheva Russia Public Health, Human Nutrition Kansas State University K-State Research Extension
Aleksandr Rumiantsev Russia Public Administration University of Missouri-Columbia Lighthouse Central Florida
Tsimafei Savitski Belarus Information Technology & Privacy Law John Marshall Law School FINCA International
Ielyzaveta Shchepetylnykova Ukraine International Education George Washington University The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Anna Siprikova Russia Urban Development and Planning University of Oklahoma Project for Public Spaces
Ekaterina Sudina Russia Education - TESOL Southern Illinois University Carbondale AES World Languages and Cultures Institute
Andrii Svietlov Ukraine International Economics and Finance Brandeis University State Street Global Advisors
Muazzam Toshmatova Tajikistan Economic Development Texas A&M University - College Station DevTech Systems
Irina Tursunkulova Russia Education - TESOL University of Maryland, College Park Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus
Valeriya Vasilenko Uzbekistan Business Administration, Strategic Marketing University of Akron Reduction Engineering
Ulyana Zavadskaya Belarus Marketing Research University of Texas at Arlington Walmart



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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:

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.

Host Organizations

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program offers an exciting opportunity for U.S. organizations to host well-matched, motivated, and multilingual interns from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus for full-time summer internships. This prestigious program places selected Foreign Fulbright Graduate Students in either paid OR unpaid full-time internship positions to develop practical skills and build professional networks in support of their future careers in their home countries.

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Each participant holds a valid J-1 Visitor Visa with full medical insurance coverage during their time in the United States. Interns are granted work authorization once an internship offer is received from their host organization. In addition, Muskie Interns also receive a stipend to cover cost of living expenses in the cities in which their host internship takes place.

Host Organizations are asked to provide:

  • An offer letter to intern verifying that an internship placement has been made;

  • Completion of a brief approval form by the Intern’s direct supervisor explaining daily Intern tasks and requirements;

*Templates for both documents will be provided by Cultural Vistas.

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

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