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.

Applying

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The Experience

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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

  • 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 2018

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Lela Akiashvili Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M University,
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Save the Children,
Department of Hunger and Livelihoods
Toghrul Alakbarov Azerbaijan Education, Workforce Education and Development Bowling Green State University National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Marina Alaricheva Russia Public Policy Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Public Policy Center for Civic Innovation
Natalya Amirova Turkmenistan Arts Savannah College of Art and Design GEN North America
Zhuzumkan Askhatbekova Kyrgyzstan Library and Information Science University of Missouri, Columbia Library of Congress
Grigor Atanesian Russia Journalism and Mass Communication University of Missouri, Columbia Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Gayane Baghdasaryan Armenia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service Urban Institute
Haykaz Bagratyan Armenia Information Science, Computer Science Syracuse University Ignyte Group, Inc.
Elena Blaginykh Russia Public Heath Kent State University Mayo Clinic Department of Neurologic Surgery
Iryna Bondarenko Ukraine Public Policy, Urban Studies University of Maryland, College Park Howard University Transportation Research and Data Center (HUTRC)
Nataliia Borozdina Russia Education, TESOL University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Arkansas, School of Law
Nargiza Buranova Kazakhstan Special Education University of Missouri, Columbia University of Missouri Disability Center and Office of Accessibility and ADA
Mariam Chikhladze Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service Hudson Institute
Ana Chkheidze Georgia Public Administration University of Washington Economic Policy Institute
Guljahan Gochova Turkmenistan Higher Education University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions, Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Doina Grecu Moldova Education University of Georgia Boston School of English
Maryna Hrudii Ukraine Public Health University of Kentucky Social Intervention Group, Columbia University School of Social Work
Iuliia Innokenteva Russia Public Health Public Health University of Missouri - Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center
Namazbai Ishmakhametov Kyrgyzstan Economics, Analytics North Carolina State University, Institute for Advanced Analytics Deloitte Consulting LLP
Daria Ivleva Russia Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis University of Missouri, Columbia University of Massachusetts Boston, Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning
Bogdan Kapatsila Ukraine Public Policy, Urban and Regional Planning University of Iowa Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Asya Karabayeva Kazakhstan Business Administration Clark University Aerofarms
Konul Karimova Azerbaijan Political Science University of Northern Iowa United Nations Population Fund
Tamerlan Khantygov Russia Education Lehigh University Lehigh University, Iacocca Institute
Ekaterina Kharlampovich Russia Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana Arts Commission
Kira Kondratkova Russia Education, TESOL San Francisco State University Portland State University, Intensive English Language Program
Alina Korshunova Russia English Linguistics Eastern Michigan University PanLex Project, The Long Now Foundation
Evgeniya Kozhevnikova Russia Music Education Western Michigan University TUNED IN
Serhii Kryvenko Ukraine Environmental Management, Petroleum Engineering Texas Tech University Rock Flows Dynamics
Leyla Kulyyeva Turkmenistan Business Administration Middlebury Institute of International Studies California College of Communications
Mariam Kvantaliani Georgia Business Administration Syracuse University Enlightened Inc.
Bakur Kvaratskhelia Georgia International Relations New York University East-West Management Institute, Inc.East-West Management Institute, Inc.
Anastasia Leshchyk Belarus Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Worcester Polytechnic Institute Harvard Medical School, Department of Systems Biology
Darya Levchenko Ukraine Film Studies North Carolina State University AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
Valeriia Lozova Ukraine International Relations University of Georgia Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Arpine Mazhinyan Armenia Public Policy Oregon State University Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)
Eleonora Mocanu Moldova Public Administration Ohio University Chemonics International Inc.
Golibsho Nasymov Tajikistan Materials Engineering and Science South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Republic Conduit
Kanat Omurbekov Kyrgyzstan Film Studies Ohio University Birds Nest Foundation
Valentyn Panchenko Ukraine Environmental Management, Geospatial Engineering Northern Arizona University Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) - Transportation and Environment Department
Lilia Popova Russia Political Science University of Florida Center for International Policy
Ekaterina Romanova Russia Communications Ball State University R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations, Inc.
Eugeniu Rotari Moldova Public Health University of Missouri, Columbia Public Health Institute
Nikolai Rubanovskii Russia Communications Ohio University EastWest Institute
Aida Rustemova Kyrgyzstan Law Emory University School of Law Common Cause New York
Timur Sabitov Uzbekistan Environmental Management, Geospatial Engineering SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry U.S. Geological Survey, Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C. Water Science Center
Ekaterina Shteinberg Russia Materials Science and Engineering University of Central Florida Department of Biomedical Engineering, John Hopkins University
Mykhailo Soldatenko Ukraine Law, International Commercial Arbitration Pepperdine University School of Law Jenner&Block LLP
Victoria Sudakova Russia Communications University of Tennessee, Knoxville Media Cause
Yulia Totskaya Russia Sociology University of Texas at Dallas MEV Studios
Valeriia Voronkova Russia Education, Middle Eastern and North African Studies University of Arizona AMIDEAST Education Abroad
Sherzod Yunusov Uzbekistan Law, Business Law Duke University School of Law Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Vitalii Zakhozhyi Ukraine Public Administration University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Class of 2017

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Alexandr Alexeyev Kazakhstan Law University of
Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law,
Office of Continuing Legal Education
Irina Arabidze Georgia International Affairs,
Foreign Policy
Texas A&M University Hudson Institute
Asia Bazdyrieva Ukraine Arts Administration Arts Administration Storefront for Art and Architecture
Illya Chistyakov Russia Public Policy,
Urban Planning
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign
Regional Transportation Commission
of Southern Nevada
Grigor Chobanyan Armenia Law Drexel University
Thomas R. Kline School of Law
White & Williams LLP
Daria Dudenkova Russia Education - Technology Columbia University
Teachers College
Girls Who Code
Anna Evtiugina Russia Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington San Jose Museum of Art
Olga Gachkova Russia International Affairs,
Tourism Development
Colorado State University Appalachian Mountain Club
Mariia Goriacheva Russia Public Heath
Contamination Prevention
University of
Missouri-Columbia
Mizzou Chemical Engineering Lab
Gayane Grigoryan Armenia Economics,
Economic Development
Old Dominion University International Economic Development Council
Iryna Gudyma Ukraine Journalism & Mass Communication,
Comm. Strategies
Temple University United Nations
Kseniia Guliaeva Russia Law, International Law Syracuse University, College of Law Coalition for the ICC
Jeyhun Hagverdiyev Azerbaijan Law,
Business & Commercial Law
Syracuse University,
College of Law
Reed Business Law
Ani Hovhannisyan Armenia Journalism & Mass Communication,
Data Journalism
West Virginia University International Center for Journalists
Viktoriya Ivanenko Tajikistan Education, Language Education University of Virginia UVA
Stela Jemna Moldova Public Administration,
NGO Management
Georgia State University American Turkish Friendship Council
Oksana Karpovets Belarus Arts Administration New York University San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Andrei Kartashov Russia Arts Administration University of Kansas AFI Silver Theater
Liia Khalikova Russia Public Policy,
International Development
Fordham University United Nations
Aliaksei Kharytaniuk Belarus International Affairs,
Human Rights
University of Denver IOM Office to the
United Nations
Olha Kholod Ukraine Public Health,
Genomic Cancer Research
University of
Missouri-Columbia
UVA Center for
Public Health Genomics
Vladimir Kim Uzbekistan Finance/Accounting Bentley University Trinity Capital Investment
Natalia Kirsanova Russia Environmental Management,
Clean Energy Engineering
Northern Arizona University Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Yulia Koleva Moldova Education,
Language Education
Saint Cloud State University Tutorium in Intensive English
Alexey Korzhov Russia Public Health University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities
University of Minnesota,
School of Public Health
Mariia Koskina Russia International Affairs,
Foreign Policy
SUNY, Binghamton Woodrow Wison
International Center for Scholars
Ekaterina Kupidonova Russia Education,
International Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cultural Survival
Tymofiy Lutsiv Ukraine Public Health,
Cancer Prevention Research
Colorado State University Rutgers University,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Gulshat Maatkerimova Kyrgyzstan Public Administration,
Non-Profit Management
University of Oregon East West Management
Institute-NYC
Aygul Mammetnazarova Turkmenistan Public Administration,
NGO Management
Syracuse University Eurasia Foundation
Oksana Moroz Ukraine Education,
Language Education
Indiana University
of Pennsylvania
Penn State Intensive English
Communication Program (IECP
Mariia Palyga Russia Education,
International Education
Bowling Green
State University
The Advocates for Human Rights
Alona Pavlenko Ukraine Environmental Management,
Renewable Energies
University of Massachusetts,
Lowell
Alba Energy
Marianna Portniagina Russia International Affairs,
Foreign Policy
Old Dominion University Atlantic Council
Kirill Protasov Russia Public Policy,
Public Private Partnerships
Georgia State University Enterprise Innovation
Institute Georgia Tech
Kateryna Romanova Ukraine Public Policy,
Environmental Architecture
Clemson University IDEO SF
Tatiana Rusu Moldova Journalism & Mass Communication,
Communication Strategies
University of Central Florida United Nations
Azat Samuratkyzy Kazakhstan Business Admin,
Data Analysis
Rochester Institute
of Technology
Council Rock
Yaryna Serkez Ukraine Journalism & Mass Communication
Data Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia Wall Street Journal
Evgeniya Shalaeva Uzbekistan Public Health,
Diabetes Prevention Research
Montclair State University Einstein College of Medicine
Astra Shekenbaeva Kyrgyzstan Education,
Special Education Programs
College of Saint Rose Parsons Family Center
Aysel Nadir Qizi Soltanli Azerbaijan Economics,
Economic Development
Arizona State University MRA Associates
Mariia Spirina Russia Education,
Art Education
University of Kentucky Bright Horizons
Child Development Center
Yuliya Tereshchenko Russia Education,
Educational Administration
University of Georgia World Learning
Olga Tykhonova Ukraine Arts Administration Hunter College Arts In General
Ganna Tyshchenko Ukraine Law,
International Law
Pepperdine University Latham & Watkins LLP
Andrey Urodov Russia Journalism & Mass Communication,
Data Journalism
New York University The Membership Puzzle Project, NYU
Teona Yamanidze Russia Arts Administration Syracuse University Gagosian Gallery
Dmitry Zaritskiy Russia Agriculture,
Animal Science
North Carolina
State University
Department of
Animal Science, NCSU
Kseniia Zavodova Ukraine Law,
International Law
University of Notre Dame Herbert Smith
Freehills LLP

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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Use Real-World Experience to Solve Real-World Challenges

How to Apply

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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility and Application

Is this Program the same as the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program previously implemented by IREX?

No, the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is a revised program from the former academic program that was discontinued. The 2019 Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program focuses on practical internship training opportunities for participants to apply academic principles learned in the classroom to build skills that can be applied to their careers in their home country.

Is the Muskie Internship Program open to all Foreign Fulbright Students and Researchers?

No, the Muskie Internship Program is only open to current degree-seeking Foreign Fulbright Grantees from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan studying Business Administration, Economics, Education, Environmental Management, International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Library and Information Science, Public Administration, Public Health, or Public Policy.

Am I still eligible to apply if I have already returned to my home country?

No, only current Foreign Fulbright Students still in the United States are eligible for the 2019 Muskie Internship Program. If you have already returned home from your Fulbright program you are not eligible to apply.

My Fulbright Program is ending in May 2019. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for post-degree academic training. If you are selected to the 201 9Muskie Internship Program your visa will be extended with work authorization approval through the duration of your internship.

I am currently studying in a field not listed. Am I still eligible to apply?

Although your major may not be listed, if you are interested in interning in one of the eligible fields, please contact us at muskie@culturalvistas.org. We would like to work with you to see whether an internship with the Muskie Program may fit with your career goals and interests.

Can my letter of support be from an advisor or former employer in my home country?

Yes, the letter of support can be submitted by a professor from your U.S. University or your home University, or a current or previous employer in the United State or your home country. All letters of support must be in English. You can either upload your letters through the online application, or have them emailed to muskie@culturalvistas.org.

Will an internship with the Muskie Program affect my two year home residency requirement for my visa?

No, participating in the Muskie Internship Program will not affect your two year home residency requirement. You will still be subject to the 212e requirement after you return home from your Fulbright Program.

When will the participant selections for the 2019 Muskie Internship Program be announced?

Semi-finalists will be notified on January 7-8th, 2019. The announcement date for final selection for 2019 Muskie participants has not yet been finalized. We will be in contact with all applicants after their application has been submitted regarding your application status.

Internships

How will participants be placed in their internship? Do I need to find an internship myself?

Selected 2019 Muskie Internship Finalists will work with our Muskie Program Team to find an internship opportunity that matches your current studies, interests and career goals.

Finalists who already have an internship or find one on their own for summer 2019 are still eligible for the 2019 Muskie Internship Program, and will still partake in all of the program activities. We will work with those finalists to ensure their internship meets the requirements for the Muskie Program. It is strongly recommended for you to start applying to internships already posted that are of interest to you. Do not wait to receive notification of participation in the Muskie Program if the deadline to apply for an internship is before February 2019.

Does Cultural Vistas have a list of companies who work with the Muskie Program or Job descriptions for the internships?

Cultural Vistas works with hundreds of government, non-profit, and private companies every year to place interns. Cultural Vistas will both leverage these relationships and create new partnerships in order to place Muskie Internship Finalists in internships that benefit both the participant and the Host Company. More information will be provided to selected finalists.

If you would like to reach out to alumni from the 2015-2017 Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program regarding their experiences with the program, please send a request to muskie@culturalvistas.org.

Will my internship be paid? Will I receive a stipend?

The Muskie Program Team will work with prospective Host Companies regarding compensation for participants, however Cultural Vistas cannot guarantee placement in an internship position paid by the Host Company.

The Muskie Internship Program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. With their support, the Program will provide a stipend for housing in cities where internships are located.

What will be the length of my internship?

Internships are expected to be 3 months in length. If you have prior obligations during this summer, please notify muskie@culturalvistas.org. We will try to work with selected finalists during the placement process to find a suitable internship to fit your needs.


Please email muskie@culturalvistas.org with any additional questions you may have regarding the Muskie Internship Program or the application process.

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.


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