Advice and Mentoring
Davis Center staff can offer a wealth of advice as well as individual mentoring to students who are exploring options for international experience in the region. We have an extensive network of contacts in Russia and the region who can help you in the planning process.
The Davis Center coordinates two types of internship at the Research and Training Center of the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) in Dilijan, Armenia: research internships and data science internships. In Tbilisi, Georgia, internships can be arranged in a variety of non-governmental organizations as well as in the private sector.
Apply for all internships using the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) by Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Prospective interns are urged to apply for all eligible sources of funding, for example, the OCS Independent Internships and Volunteer Opportunities, the Goldman Internship Travel Grant, or other funding sources.
Central Bank of Armenia
Research internships will involve research on a variety of economic questions, with a degree of flexibility to accommodate interns' own research interests. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with excellent research and writing skills are eligible to apply. The working language at the CBA is English; knowledge of Armenian or Russian is helpful, but not required. Interns will be matched with projects appropriate to their level of preparation; general economics coursework (Ec 10) is sufficient for some topics. Students with strong quantitative skills will be considered for data analysis projects. Advanced students of economics, computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics are especially welcome to apply. For more information, please download this brochure about the CBA internship program.
Internships in Tbilisi, Georgia, are expected to last 8-9 weeks and take place during June and July. Please see below for selected host organizations or download the complete list of Tbilisi internships. If your interests are not represented here, please contact Donna Griesenbeck.
- Religious, ethnic, and other minority issues
- Integration of minorities into civil society
- Analysis of raw data from interviews, focus groups, etc.
- Data collection and publishing (especially survey data)
- Program evaluation using quantitative analysis
- Training in research methods
- Ethnic and cultural diversity
- Best practices for government policy toward minorities
- Regional security
- Georgia's bilateral relations with US, EU, Russia
- Youth outreach and leadership development
- Political parties in Georgia and political party systems
- Foreign policy and relations with EU, NATO, and Black Sea region
- Education and training
The Davis Center directly supports summer undergraduate travel to the region through Goldman Research Travel Grants and Goldman Internship Travel Grants. Undergraduate and graduate students may also pursue intensive summer study of languages of the region with support of a Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Graduate students may also apply for Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to support their Harvard studies or doctoral dissertation research abroad.
The Davis Center is home to nearly one hundred Graduate Student Associates from GSAS as well as Harvard professional schools, creating a vibrant community of young scholars and future professionals who intend to focus their careers on this world region.
Both undergraduate and graduate students enjoy an array of informal opportunities at the Davis Center, like Russian conversation groups, regional holiday celebrations, films, and meetings with visitors from the region. The Davis Center is also home to a GSAS Workshop, where graduate students get valuable feedback on their work in progress.