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“It is difficult for me to say how many pillars PIR Center is based on, but one of them is definitely the interns. Their hard work, intelligence, and creativity make a substantial contribution to our work», ‒ Sergey Semenov, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.


Internship at the PIR Center 2018

“Internship at the PIR Center was very beneficial in many ways. On professional level, I was challenged every day and learned much about Russian policies, interests and perspectives on various security questions. This opportunity gave me a real taste of what working in an efficient think tank is. On a personal level, working for the PIR has pushed me outside my comfort zone into a completely unknown environment. But despite my limited skills in Russian, I had the feeling of being completely accepted and integrated in the team. All in all, my only regret will be the short term of my internship!”

Lucien Claire – graduate from the University of Kent, School of Politics & International Relations, Specialization “Politics and International Relations”,  PIR Center intern in 2011.


«Being an intern for the PIR Center meant personal, and cultural, growth. The PIR Center is a multicultural environment, where the foreigner is always welcome. The working environment was always positive and motivating and I felt part of the team every single day of my internship», – Jasmine Ceremigna, PIR Center’s intern in March-May 2017. 


«The PIR Center and MGIMO have managed to collect some of the foremost experts in the field of nonproliferation from the Russian Federation. We had an opportunity to talk with these people one on one and ask our own personal questions, which is an opportunity I’d never thought I’d have. It has been incredible!» - Noa Mahew, student of the Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies.


“Close and somewhat unique cooperation between Russia and Myanmar in the military and technical sphere and in education creates a favorable environment for a large-scale investment and trade cooperation ... The wait-and-see approach which the Russian business adopted towards the investment rush in Myanmar two years ago, to some extent, was reasonable and justified. However, the time has come to take a more proactive stance in order not to pay a very high entry cost a few years later,"­– PIR Center Intern Olga Skorokhodova.


“A distinctive feature of the current situation is that the majority of European states do not consider conventional arms a primary threat, one of the reasons that no new agreements have been reached. As a result, a number of Russia’s foreign partners suggest emphasizing potential cooperation on common European security rather than focusing on the threats,” – Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center Intern."


 “According to what NATO representatives say, Organization’s position on ballistic missile defense is as follows: if this issue is resolved in a constructive way it will be a potential game changer for Russia-NATO relations. At the same time, Russia should not expect the Alliance to wait until Moscow decides upon its approach. If Russia regards BMD as a critical problem, then that’s a critical problem only for Russia.” – Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project.