Internship is a work-related learning experience under the guidance of a tutor that follows the guidelines set by the Institute. The aim of internship is to have an actual work experience in the field of study in order to test one’s theoretical knowledge through practical work, apply theoretical knowledge in a real-life situation, see how work is organised in different institutions and observe the work processes as well as to develop the students’ ability and habits for doing independent work. What distinguishes internship from other work experience is that the internship is aimed at complementing the student’s study programme and their chosen specialization, and that after the successful completion of the internship; they are able to get credit points counted towards the completion of their curriculum.
The internship should provide practical experience in a professional activity related to the student's field of study. Students may obtain an internship in the state civil service, media outlets, international organizations, local municipalities, diplomatic missions, public law bodies or third sector organizations. Internship may be also conducted in the form of fieldwork, data mining, research and teaching assistance, etc. Interns are expected to work closely with both their academic and site supervisors. Students may choose internship possibilities either via partnerships developed by the degree programme or on their own.
The students of all programmes can do an internship but it is compulsory only for the students of European Union – Russia Studies MA programme (EURUS) where it is integrated in the curriculum as a part of the Development Seminar.
Internship is one of the Development Seminar requirements and therefore, must follow the aims and study goals set in the curriculum. The internship must be in line with the aims of the curriculum either by the field of activity or in general with activities that develop research and analytical skills. Development Seminar’s internship is composed of three different subsections: real work environment (at internship base), analytical and organizational (at University of Tartu/Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies). The students will not receive any additional credit points, since it is part of the overall Development Seminar credits (15 ECTS).
In total, internship duration required by Development Seminar is 120 hours; half of which (60 hrs) must be completed outside of university, at the internship base, and another half (60 hrs) at the University of Tartu.