What is a customized professional internship?
It is an internship placement arranged for you individually in accordance with your major and working experience. ProfIntern will make sure you are involved in a real project and make a tangible contribution to the company. Such professional experience will give you a significant competitive advantage on the labour market.
Can I see the full list of companies to pick from?
ProfIntern does not work with opened intern positions of companies being more of «program designers». After we analyse your profile we will carefully hand-pick the company which is a perfect match for you. For that reason, we do not have a list of companies to share with you.
Once I apply, am I guaranteed an internship?
On the step of registration, you will need to point out 3 desired internship fields. We start searching from your first preference and in 90% find the placement. In some occasions when we can not find a host company in the first preference, we move on to the second and the third ones. So, in the end, we can guarantee an internship in one of the spheres of your choice. In the rare case, if we are unable to find a suitable placement in any of the required fields, your program payment will be fully refunded.
Are internships paid?
ProfIntern is not an employment agency, that is why being a part of an educational program, internships are mostly unpaid. At the same time, they provide a lot of invaluable benefits and should be viewed as an investment in your future career. You will get first-hand professional experience on the international emerging market, get useful contacts, new skills, cultural, business and language immersion and, of course, remarkable point in your CV.
What if I don’t speak any Russian? Can I still get a placement?
Knowledge of Russian is an advantage and it will allow you to deeper immerse into Russian business and culture. But even if you do not know Russian at all — no worries! If you possess a good command of English your internship can be organized in English. You will have an English speaking mentor to guide you through your internship period and thus have no difficulties understanding and performing your tasks.
Can I get a job offer upon completion of my internship?
It is very likely that in case you want to stay in Russia and the company is willing to hire a foreign citizen, you will receive a job offer on the results of your internship. We had such cases in our practice. Read success stories of our alumni in our blog.
Can I book only the internship without any additional services like Russian course and accommodation?
Yes. Our programs are like a constructor. You can order just an internship with us. Services like Russian language course, accommodation, an invitation for the visa are additional — you can rely on our expertise or arrange it all on your own. In case you are interested in a full package please check our packages.
I need my internship to be approved by my university. Can you help me with that?
Yes, sure. If necessary, we can negotiate with your placing company and sign all necessary internship agreements and midterm/final reports required by your university.
How long in advance should I book an internship program?
Standard and most comfortable time is 3-4 months. Minimum time we need to arrange your internship program is 8 weeks from the time you complete your application. The application is considered to be completed when you submitted your application form, provided all application documents and sent us a program deposit.
Can I start my internship earlier than in 8 weeks?
Earlier start (within 4-6 weeks) is possible at additional 100euro rush-fee, but very much will depend on your nationality and field of interest.
How long does the average internship last?
Regular duration of one internship program is 3 months due to business visa limitations. Minimum duration is 1 month. You decide the number of weeks.
Can I intern in Russia longer than 3 months?
Yes, your internship can last up to 6 months but only with an interval in the middle. Standard duration of one business visa is 90 days. Once your first business visa is over, you will have to leave Russia for your homeland or some nearby country, and apply for a new 90-days business visa.
Note: US citizens can permanently stay in Russia for up 180 days. Request details additionally.
Can ProfIntern help me to obtain my visa to Russia?
Yes, sure! Depending on the length and type of the program chosen, ProfIntern sends applicants different types of invitation letters: tourist, business or study. However we cannot obtain a visa for you — it’s on your side. Kindly check all procedures and set of documents required by your local Russian Consulate for visa obtaining — this is the responsibility of every intern.
What is «Visa Registration»? Is it compulsory?
All foreigners must be registered within 3 working days upon their arrival at the place of their residence. It’s a migration law.
In case you order your lodging with ProfIntern, your visa registration will be our responsibility. Registration fee is included in the accommodation fee. In order to register you, ProfIntern will need your immigration card filled out during the passport control upon arrival to Russia and passport with personal details and Russian visa.
Note: In case you are booking accommodation yourself, make sure your landlord is ready to do this visa registration for you. ProfIntern will not be responsible for that.
Why should I transfer the deposit before I know what company I will intern in?
This procedure is a worldwide standard and a pledge of your intentions. ProfIntern very seriously and respectfully treats its corporate partners and starts negotiations with them about a possible internship when it is fully convinced of the seriousness of your intentions.
What is the sum of the booking deposit?
The minimum sum of the program deposit is 450eu. In case you are booking Russian language course and/or accommodation, your program deposit will amount to 450eu internship placement deposit + 100% of Russian language course (if ordered) + 1st month of accommodation fee (if ordered).
Do you have a refund policy?
Yes. After we receive a deposit we start the search for your internship placement. We will be suggesting you options matching your application form one by one, but not more than 3 times. Each option can be declined by you only by a justified professional reason. In case we fail to get you a relevant placement at the end (in case you decline all 3 our offers every time justifying it is not relevant to your application), we will make a complete refund to you.
I am afraid to send you money. How can I make sure ProfIntern is a reliable company?
ProfIntern is on the market since 2011. We have welcomed numerous students and have all their testimonials listed on our website. We do not hide their names, so you can easily contact them through social media and ask about their experience with ProfIntern. We are being promoted by such international sources as GoAbroad and GoOverseas, we are very public, you can check our social media as well with many life stories of our interns and their experience with us: Facebook & Instagram.
Will somebody meet me at the airport?
ProfIntern provides airport pick-up for the additional fee. In case you are not booking it, we will anyway explain to you how to get to your place by public transport.
How do I get to school/company on the first day?
On your first day, you will be brought to the school and to the company by ProfIntern team member. In any case, you can easily find your way on the city map following the instructions sent to you before your departure to Russia.
Is there anything special I should bring?
Slippers: In Russia people always take their shoes off at home and wear slippers instead. Small gifts for your host: some souvenirs from your home country, like chocolate etc., are always appreciated. Electrical adapters: Russian sockets take two thin pins (European jacks).
How much money should I bring with me?
For lunch, in the cafeteria or in nearby café you will need the equivalent of about EUR 4-5. Excursions cost between EUR 10 and EUR 40 (full-day trips). Your personal expenses will range from EUR 50 (going out once a week, no shopping, no souvenirs) to EUR 300 per week. Do not bring a lot of cash with you. There are plenty of ATMs around, but be sure what is the limit of your bank for cash withdrawal.
Can I walk alone at night?
It is better to take a taxi at night in order to avoid any unpleasant circumstances. Moreover, in comparison to European countries, prices for taxi are pretty low. You can request ProfIntern team about the best and cheapest taxi options. Be safe!
Will ProfIntern help me with lodging?
Yes, for an additional payment of €100 we can help you find appropriate accommodation meeting your requirements within a convenient location. Please note that we can offer 3 variants as a maximum according to your requirements. The cost for this service is not refundable in case if neither option suited you.
What accommodation type is the most suitable for me?
We recommend rented rooms to our interns. In Russia, family stay is not very popular, though we choose rooms in those flats where other Russian and international students can possibly live. In Europe, it is well known as “a shared apartment”. There usually are friendly people whom you can practice your Russian with. Often, one of the rooms belongs to a landlord who will be happy to communicate with you and help on some issues. In terms of price, quality and location rooms are the most optimal alternative. A hostel is a less convenient and a cheaper variant. A studio apartment is a more expensive and comfortable one.
What will be offered at my place of residence?
ProfIntern cooperates with trustworthy hosts. In any case, you will be offered public services (water, gas, electricity), Wi-Fi, furnished room (a comfortable bed, a table, a chair and a wardrobe), a shared bathroom and a kitchen (fully equipped), a washing machine, an iron etc.
Where will my accommodation be located?
We search for accommodation according to our students’ placement in companies and the school of the Russian language. Mainly our lodging options are in the centre of the city. Your house will be not more than one hour away from the school and the company on public transport.
How much is the rent per month?
Costs vary depending on the city, type, season and length of stay from €420 to €810-1000/month. This fee includes 350eu accommodation booking deposit, which is not refunded in case you reject our accommodation before arrival once it has already been found.
Is there Internet available in my host family place or shared flat?
Yes, of course! But you can also purchase a local USB modem stick, which offers you cheap, although slower access to the internet everywhere you are, provided you bring your laptop with you.