Posted on Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Alain Perusset (Contemporary Russian and East European Studies MSc) has recently won a three-month internship at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) - a German political foundation involved in projects across the world - in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
As part of his internship, Alain will work as a research assistant, helping the staff members in their various projects. Alain will start work at KAS this September, enabling him to gain valuable field experience in Central Asia.
Alain describes below why he decided to apply for the internship and what the internship will involve.
With the end of the second semester approaching faster than expected, I had to start planning my time following my studies in CREES. Having spent my life so far mostly with studies, travelling and some compulsory military service, I found myself in the familiar situation for many students, needing to get some work experience through an internship."
Following the advice of a friend, I applied to the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) for a three month internship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. KAS is a German political foundation involved in projects and research all across the globe. During my internship, I will work as a research assistant, helping the staff members in Tashkent in their various projects."
I'm looking forward to starting this very promising opportunity in September and to get some valuable field experience in Central Asia. After undertaking an area studies master's degree (Contemporary Russian and East European Studies MSc), some in-country experience seems to be the best thing to complete my academic record.
I received a positive answer for my internship application less than 48 hours after sending it in; I have no doubt that CREES' high reputation contributed towards the positive outcome I received. Without doubt, Galina Yemelianova's seminar on Central Asia gave me the necessary tools to complete a successful internship."
(For any students considering applying to KAS for an internship, please note that fluency in German is essential for applicants).
Read more about Alain Perusset's experiences at CREES in the University of Birmingham.