Russian Far East Research Assistant

Project Title Russian Far East Research Assistant
Project Summary Help inform U.S. foreign policy making and reporting by doing deep-dive research on political and economic issues in the Russian Far East that would be of interest to the U.S. State Department in Washington.
Country Russia
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Post VLADIVOSTOK
Section POL
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

The U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok is seeking assistance with deep dive research on select political and economic issues in the Russian Far East. Consulate Vladivostok covers the largest consular district in the world by landmass, and while the Russian Far East is not densely populated, it is of enormous strategic and economic importance to Russia. The Political and Economic Section of the consulate is responsible for monitoring and reporting on nearly all developments in the region, but certain subjects require more in-depth study and the careful collection of data from a variety of sources. The Consulate is seeking interns to assist in this research, both collecting information online and packaging it in an easy-to-digest form.

The subject matter of the research will depend on current events and the reporting priorities of the consulate during the course of the internship. However, work might include learning as much as possible about a certain economic sector (e.g., gold mining in Magadan or tourism in Kamchatka), or collecting data about foreign direct investment in different regions, etc. As another example, if the internship were taking place at the time of writing (May 2020), the intern might be asked to collect information on regional government efforts' to support small and medium businesses in response to the COVID-19 economic shock.

The interns' work product will depend on the nature of the subject being researched. Interns may be asked to write a brief report summarizing their finding, but more often will be presenting their research in the form of hyperlinks with brief explanatory notes. For certain issues, particularly those with data from different regions, a spreadsheet or chart may be created, and in some cases the work product will simply be answers to specific questions.

There will also be an opportunity for the interns to assist in social media research, a relatively new but extremely important and exciting area of diplomatic reporting.

While not strictly required, Russian language skills would be extremely useful for this internship. Even moderate proficiency would allow the intern to do Russian-language google searches that might reveal information an English-only search would not. (Applicants with less Russian might prefer the Russian Far East News Monitor internship, which is more structured and does not require searches)

Required Skills or Interests
Skill(s)
Analytical writing
Economic analysis
Political Analysis
Research
Additional Information

The Russian Far East covers the following 12 regions/districts: Primorye (where Vladivostok is located), Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, Yakutsk, Kamchatka, Magadan, Chukotka, Amur, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Irkutsk, Buryatia, and
Transbaikal.

Primary Point of Contact at the Consulate would be Political/Economic officer Fred Noyes, whose email is NoyesFN@state.gov. Interns might also communicate with Economic Assistant Nastya Yeremeyeva at YeremeyevaAA@state.gov.

News outlets that often have good information on subjects of interest include: Vladivostok: Primamedia - http://primamedia.ru/, Vl.ru - http://www.vl.ru/, Konkurent - http://konkurent.ru/, Zolotoy Rog - http://zrpress.ru/, Regional news portal - http://primorye.ru/; Sakhalin/Kuril: Sakh.com - http://sakh.com/, Sakhalinmedia- sakhalinmedia.ru/, ASTV - https://astv.ru/, Khabarovsk: Vostokmedia (both Primorye and Khabarovsk) - http://vostokmedia.com/, Amurmedia – http://amurmedia.ru/, DvHab –http://www.dvhab.ru/, DebriDV - http://debri-dv.com/, Yakutsk: Yakutiainfo – http://yakutia.info/, Ykt.ru - http://news.ykt.ru/, YSIA - http://ysia.ru/; Kamchatka: Kamchatinfo - http://kamchat.info/, Kam24 - https://www.kam24.ru/, VestiPK - http://www.vestipk.ru/; Amur, PortAmur - https://portamur.ru/, Amur.Info - http://www.amur.info/; Magadan: Kolyma - http://www.kolyma.ru/, Magadanmedia - http://magadanmedia.ru/; Chukotka: IA Chukotka - http://www.prochukotku.ru/, Anadyr - http://www.anadyr.org/; Jewish Autonomous Oblast: Gorod na Bire - http://www.gorodnabire.ru/, EAOmedia - http://eaomedia.ru/, Transbaikal - https://www.chita.ru/news/, https://zab.ru/news, https://ok.ru/chitaru, https://www.mkchita.ru/news/; Irkutsk: https://www.irk.ru/news/, https://irkutsk.news/, https://baikal.mk.ru/news/, https://irk.today/, Buryatia: https://www.infpol.ru/, https://gazetarb.ru/news/, https://arigus.tv/news/, https://bgtrk.ru/