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. 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.
The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program provides participants with a professional experience that includes an orientation event in Washington, D.C. a summer internship in the participant’s field of study, virtual activities, and a closing-seminar as an opportunity to share their work experience and support their career development. The program invites participants to:
- Create professional and personal relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, challenge ideas and lead to positive innovations;
- Sharpen the ability to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and reach compromise;
- Learn new trends, opportunities and challenges in evolving key issues;
- Experience different approaches used in the private, public and non-profit sectors; and
- Experience how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address a common issue in support of American policy.
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.
The support provided by the U.S. Department of State will cover:
- Travel from campus to the orientation in Washington, D.C;
- Lodging, meals, and program activities during the orientation;
- Travel to cities in which internships are located;
- Monthly stipend to assist cost of living including housing, meals and transportation;
- Travel from cities in which internships are located to the program debriefing;
- Lodging, meals, and program activities during the debriefing session;
- Return travel from debriefing to university campus.
- Applicants must currently be a Fulbright Foreign Student, and must be currently studying at a U.S. college or university.
- 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.
Eligible Regions: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan