American Councils is pleased to offer the Business, Technology, and Innovation (BTI) Scholarship, which supports U.S. students participating in an American Councils internship program in Russia.
To be eligible for a BTI Scholarship, applicants must:
- Apply to either the Business Russian Language & Internship Program in Russia or the Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program in Moscow;
- Meet the requirements of their selected program;
- Demonstrate academic excellence.
How to Apply
Interested students should simply indicate their wish to be considered for financial aid when completing the application for their selected program and complete all the questions and forms that follow. Successful applicants will demonstrate outstanding academic ability and strong potential to gain from an overseas internship experience. Upcoming application deadlines are February 15th (summer) and March 15th (fall semester).
BTI awards are made on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit; awards range from $3,000 to $5,000.
Learn more about specific internship positions available for Summer 2019 here.
OPIT Program Overview
OPIT is a full-time, unpaid, 8-week summer internship program in Moscow, Russia designed to support international STEM and business education and promote a great understanding of the global technology industry through cross-cultural experiences. No prior study of Russian is required to participate in OPIT.
Integrating experiential learning with cross-cultural training, highly-motivated participants improve both their professional and interpersonal skills. Participants receive 4-5 U.S. academic credits in intercultural communication and official notation of a completed global internship on their transcript from Bryn Mawr College. While dormitory housing may be available in some locations, most participants live with Russian host families selected by American Councils. Learn More →
BRLI Program Overview
The Business Russian Language & Internship program is an eight-week summer or 15-week semester program combining intensive Russian language study with internships at Russian or international businesses, technology start-ups, and STEM-centers in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of Russian language study to be eligible to apply.
BRLI combines 12-15 hours per week of intensive Russian language instruction with unpaid internships focused on business, innovation, and STEM fields. Participants attend Russian-language classes at Moscow International University in small groups of 3 to 5 students; coursework focuses on business culture, communication, and commerce. Students receive 8 undergraduate or 10 graduate semester credits for completion of the summer program and 16 undergraduate or 15 graduate credits for the semester programs. Academic credit for the program is provided by Bryn Mawr College. While dormitory housing may be available in some locations, most participants live with Russian host families selected by American Councils. Learn More →