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Internships in Kazakhstan

Internships in Kazakhstan
During this 8-week program, students will take an intensive Russian language course while completing an internship in higher education, entrepreneurship funding, financial development or Journalism/Public Relations.
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
  • Spend 8 weeks taking intensive Russian language courses at KIMEP University
  • Complete an English-based internship in higher education, non-profit administration, financial development or journalism/public relations.
  • Experience the vibrant city of Almaty and the surrounding natural beauty of Kazakhstan.
Program Summary: 

The Internships in Kazakhstan program is sponsored by the KU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, in partnership with the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation (GASF) and KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  During this 8-week summer program, students are enrolled in intensive Russian language courses at KIMEP University, an American-style school and one of the oldest and most prestigious in Kazakhstan. They also complete a part-time academic internship in the fields of higher education, entrepreneurship funding, financial development, public relations, or journalism.

Participation in an international internship provides students with the benefits of both study abroad and real world professional work experience.  Through immersion in a foreign professional environment, students will not only gain valuable Russian language skills, but also acquire the professional practices and intercultural knowledge essential for success in today's global business environment. 


Almaty is the most populous city in Kazakhstan with almost 1.5 million residents. Once the capital, Almaty is now the commercial and financial center of Kazakhstan and boasts the largest stock exchange in Central Asia. Known as the “city of apple trees", Almaty is located in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau in the extreme southeast of Kazakhstan. 

Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world and was a member of the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Since independence, it now boasts the fastest growing economy in Central Asia, a strong and healthy middle class, and a vibrant business community.  
According to the US Department of State, “In the years since its independence, Kazakhstan and the United States have developed a strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship” and “combined with a growing middle class... trade and investment prospects for U.S. firms seeking new opportunities in one of the most dynamic of the ‘emerging’ emerging markets” establishes Kazakhstan as a unique, American-friendly trade leader in the region.

Academic Information: 

All students on this program will complete an intensive Russian language course at KU's partner institution, KIMEP University.  In addition, students will complete a part-time, academic internship at a participating organization in Almaty.  Past students have interned at the following locations:

  • KIMEP University - students work as a teaching assistant in English language courses offered during the summer term.
  • Key Partners Consulting- a human-resources consulting firm, Key Partners provides personnel recruitment, evaluation and training services, as well as career development, to a range of international clients. Students will aid in the support and development of local entrepreneurship, assist with the promotion of Kazakh businesses to foreign markets, and translate website, promotional, and informational materials from Russian to English
  • National Chamber of Entrepreneurs - students will aid in the support and development of local entrepreneurship, assist with the promotion of Kazakh businesses to foreign markets, and translate promotional and informational materials from Russian to English.
  • Kazakhstan Press Club - one of the largest PR and media organizations in Kazakhstan, students choosing this internship will aid in organizing and monitoring various press conferences and media events in Almaty, support social media and website design, conduct promotion and marketing in the Almaty area and translate and edit English-language press-releases. 
  • Paragraph Company - students may participate in translation services, local marketing, client consultations and the development of English-language training programs.

Students will earn 1-3 hours of academic credit for their internship experience through the University Career Center (LA&S 490 Internship Exploration), Global & International Studies (GIST 495 Global Internships) or through their academic department.
In addition, students will receive up to six credit hours for successful completion of the Intensive Russian Language course offered through KIMEP University. This course will meet daily for the duration of the program.



Preference will be given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. At least 2 semesters of Russian language coursework or comparable proficiency is required.

Further Reading: 

Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation

This program was developed in partnership with the Gabiel Al-Salem Foundation.  Gabriel Al-Salem was one of the most accomplished alumni of the KU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Before his tragic death in 2010, Gabriel strived to continuously innovate and bring an unparalleled degree of professionalism to the field of management consulting in Central Asia. We hope to honor his memory by encouraging students to follow his extraordinary example.

For more information on the work of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, please visit http://ga-foundation.org/.



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