American Councils Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program

American Councils is now accepting applications for our Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program!
Through OPIT’s six-week English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today’s global market. Participants can choose a placement in a variety of fields, including democracy-building, human rights, business, innovation, STEM, education, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services in one of 17 countries throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia:

Armenia*                                            Kazakhstan                                          Moldova

Azerbaijan                                           Kosovo                                                 Montenegro

Bosnia & Herzegovina                        Kyrgyzstan                                           Russia*

Bulgaria                                              Latvia                                                  Serbia

Estonia                                                Lithuania                                             Ukraine

Georgia                                               Macedonia                                          *Indicates special scholarship available

Program dates for Summer 2018: June 13 – July 29

All internship placements are facilitated by local American Councils field offices that are actively engaged in the host country’s civil society and maintain regular contact with U.S. Embassy officials and the American Councils DC office. Full-time in-country staff members oversee the professional and intercultural program, assist participants with administrative and personal matters, and work closely with the host organization to ensure that participants are engaged in meaningful projects.

With funding from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Study Abroad Grant, American Councils is pleased to offer special scholarships for OPIT participants in Armenia! Awards range from $1,000 - $2,000.

We are also pleased to offer a special Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship for OPIT participants in Moscow, Russia! Awards range from $3,000 - $5,000. 

Knowledge of foreign language is not required. Participants earn 4-5 U.S. academic credits in intercultural communication issued through Bryn Mawr College.

Applications are due by February 15, 2018, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email: outbound@americancouncils.org).

For more information regarding the Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program, please visit our website. Financial aid is available on all programs.