Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program

Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program

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The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is a summer internship program funded by the U.S. Department of State since 2015 that provides emerging leaders of the Fulbright Program 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.

The Experience

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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

  • Assistance with summer internship search and placement, mentorship support throughout the program duration
  • Three-day orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • It will include team-building exercises, information sessions on community service and the U.S. work culture, Muskie Alumni panel, and a variety of networking opportunities.
  • 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, give an overview of the expectations for program outputs, and provide professional development opportunities.As a part of virtual learning, participants will:
    • Take part in professional development webinars;
    • Share photos and stories about their community service experience;
    • Create and submit a presentation or report 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.

Applications for the 2021 Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program are now open. The application deadline is December 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone).  Apply Here

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