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Internship Program for Young Experts at the PIR Center 2018


“Internship at the PIR Center was very beneficial in many ways. On professional level, I was challenged every day and learned much about Russian policies, interests and perspectives on various security questions. This opportunity gave me a real taste of what working in an efficient think tank is. On a personal level, working for the PIR has pushed me outside my comfort zone into a completely unknown environment. But despite my limited skills in Russian, I had the feeling of being completely accepted and integrated in the team. All in all, my only regret will be the short term of my internship!”

Lucien Claire – graduate from the University of Kent, School of Politics & International Relations, Specialization “Politics and International Relations”,  PIR Center intern in 2011.


Discover your career in the expert community in the field of international relations! The PIR Center is the leading independent organization for research in international relations in Russia. Applications for a 2018 internship in the Center and the Security Index journal are now open. 

PIR Center’s internship program offers young researchers an excellent opportunity to participate in the analysis and coverage of key processes in international security. The program attracts talented young specialists from leading universities and research organizations, providing them a chance to realize their full academic potential and helping them to join the ranks of experts in the field of international security. Graduates of the program have gone on to embark on a scientific career in leading academic centers (Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and others) or to work for the foreign and other ministries of the countries of the CIS as well as international companies and organizations. 

The PIR Center internship program entails:

  • Development of an independent research project in the field of international relations* in professional consultation with the employees and advisors of the PIR Center and with the opportunity to meet experts from federal and scientific organizations. The project offers young specialists the unique opportunity to present their work to the scientific community by publishing their research in Russia’s leading journal on questions of international security, the Security Index;
  • Participation in the scientific and information projects of the PIR Center and its partners;
  • Administrative work related to the research, publishing, and information projects of the PIR Center and its partners.

The Security Index journal internship program entails:

  • Assistance in the development of the print version (editorial work, liaisons with authors, layout, distribution);
  • Maintenance of the Security Index website.

Core research areas:

  • Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament;
  • Developments in nuclear energy;
  • Global Internet governance;
  • International information security.

Candidates should:

  • Display a strong interest in research on international security or Internet governance; 
  • Be studying in the final year of an undergraduate degree or enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in the fields of international relations, regional studies, oriental studies, journalism, contemporary history, or political science;
  • Be fluent in Russian;
  • Be proficient in English (knowledge of additional foreign languages is considered an advantage);
  • Have strong communication skills;
  • Show responsibility and attention to detail;
  • Be able to work full-time and on a demanding schedule.

The internship is located in Moscow. In 2018, internships will be offered in three terms:

Internship terms

Application deadline

Announcement of successful applicants

January 15 – May 18

December 25

December 28

May 14 – August 31

April 16

April 23

August 27 – December 28 

July 23

July 31

* The exact starting date and the subject of the research project will be negotiated with successful applicants.

In order to apply, candidates should submit the following documents to Albert Zulkharneev, director of the PIR Center, via email at

  • A detailed Russian-language CV indicating main research interests;
  • A letter of recommendation from a department head/scientific advisor/advisor/mentor;
  • A list of all available publications, as well as one full publication in electronic form (alternatively, if your work is available online, you may provide an active link).

About the PIR Center:

  • PIR Center is a think tank involved in research, informational, educational, and consulting work in the field of international security.
  • Its interesting and challenging work is performed by a creative and energetic team of experienced specialists in international affairs and highly motivated young talents.
  • PIR Center is engaged in active cooperation with dozens of partners in Russia and all over the world, including ministries and other authorities, international organizations, universities, other research and educational centers as well as corporate networks.

The training of young specialists in the field of international security forms one of the central priorities of the PIR Center. Our internship programs, which attract talented young students and scholars from Russia, the CIS and other countries, contribute new talent to the expert community. Successful candidates receive the opportunity to develop their own research project in the field of international relations in professional consultation with the research employees and advisors of the PIR Center and with the opportunity to meet members of the Russian federal and academic research community.

The Security Index is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide topical and relevant findings and recommendations to professionals in the security community and politicians involved in the formulation of Russian foreign policy.  

The target audience of the journal are those who have real influence on developments in Russia and the world, including politicians, experts, scientists, journalists, and young professionals who will influence Russian politics in the coming 5 to ten years.

In Russia, the journal is read in the State Duma, the Federation Council, the Presidential Administration, the Security Council of Russia, the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation and other authorities involved in the international security of Russia.

For further information regarding the internship program at the PIR Center please contact us by phone: +7 (499) 940-09-83, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14 or by email: