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New young minds at the PIR Center


MOSCOW, DECEMBER 1, 2020. PIR PRESS. “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.

Three times a year, PIR Center opens its doors to young experts to develop their competence and skills in analyzing and covering key processes of international security. An internship at the PIR Center offers an opportunity to realize the creative potential of young specialists and is a great starting point for building a professional career. 

In October 2020, a new group of interns joined PIR Center's current projects - students and graduates of leading Russian and foreign universities. Young experts in international relations are passionate about gaining new knowledge, and they are committed to the success of their own research project under the leadership of the PIR Center experts. 
For the graduate of the Faculty of International Relations of the Ural Federal University Konstantin Larionov and the graduate of the Faculty of Law of the MGIMO University Nikita Shutyak, an internship at the PIR Center is an opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain during their studies at the Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO-MIIS-PIR Center). During their internship at the PIR Center, the interns plan to defend their research papers within the framework of the Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program under the supervision of its Coordinator Sergey Semenov. Konstantin's research topic is “Coalitions in the NPT Review Process: historical experience and prospects of the X Review Сonference”. Nikita Shutyak writes his research paper on “Pressure with sanctions as a mean of unfair competition on the peaceful use of nuclear energy market”.

Konstantin Larionov studied foreign languages at the University of Malaga (Malaga, Spain) and Stafford House (London, United Kingdom), participated in the VI International Model United Nations in Yekaterinburg and in the Science Diplomacy Club “The NPT: Preserving the Legacy”. Konstantin's list of achievements includes employment in the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk oblast (2019) and the Ural-Eurasia Expert club (2018-2020), participation in international conferences and seminars, and numerous publications in Russian, English, and Spanish languages, including those on nuclear nonproliferation and cybersecurity.

Nikita Shutyak has completed an internship at the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in 2015, and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in 2016. He also worked as a translator and legal adviser at the annual trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor activities and security “IWA Outdoor Classics” (Munich, Germany) in 2011-2018, Deloitte CIS (2016-2017), Hellenic Bank (2017-2018), and “Alfa Bank” (2018-2020).  

Artem Kvartalnov, an MA candidate of the Faculty of International Relations of the MGIMO University, is also actively involved in the internship program. The list of his achievements is abundant: Artem is a winner of leading olympiads and competitions for young experts majoring in international relations in Russia (“Vysshaya Liga” (Higher League) of the Higher School of Economics, “Horizon-2100”). Apart from that, he won an essay competition “European Security architecture and prospects of its formation in the context of the Russia-NATO-EU relations”. Artem has completed an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and participated in the IX Chinese-Russian Summer School on International Relations “Detering Protectionism and Promoting Diversity in Changing Political Landscape”. In 2019, Artem was at the NATO headquarters in Brussels and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Europe with a study visit. He actively participates in the events of the Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program and contributes to the development of the PIR Center's Information & Publications Program.

The PIR Center upholds demanding requirements in the organization of both competitive selection and workflow and gradual involvement of interns in ongoing projects. This approach justifies all the efforts of young specialists who have great ambitions and passion for new knowledge. “I have been searching for an internship that would suit my academic interests and help me expand my knowledge in the field of international security for quite a long time. The PIR Center offers a unique opportunity to participate in conferences that are usually not accessible to the general public, as well as to listen to and interact with acknowledged experts and statesmen in the field of security and nonproliferation. I am positive that this internship will be of major importance for my future career and will help me achieve my goals”, - Silva Levonyan, student of the Bachelor’s Program “HSE University and University of London Parallel Degree Program in International Relations” shared her expectations. Silva studied abroad at the Institute of Political Studies Sciences Po Paris from 2019 to 2020, where she also was a member of the European Law Students' Association. She was an intern at Evraz Group company in 2018 as well as at the Russian Trade and Economic Development Council in 2019.

Along with young experts from Russia, PIR Center always warmly welcomes their foreign colleagues. Due to the pandemic, the organization offers new formats for research and education, including for foreign interns. Graduate of the Bachelor’s program “Environmental Studies and Russian” of the St. Olaf College (USA), student of the MGIMO and UNITAR joint Master’s program “Multilateral Diplomacy” Alexis Legigand has started his internship within the framework of the “Nonproliferation & Russia” Program remotely. Alexis has already completed an internship at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, volunteered at the Asian Rural Institute (Japan) in 2019.
The current interns at the PIR Center will join the alumni community of the organization after a four-month internship. The younger generation of nonproliferation experts has attractive and promising prospects of engaging in research activities in leading research centers and getting a job at the foreign policy departments of the CIS countries, international organizations and companies.
For further information regarding the internship program at the PIR Center please follow the link or contact us by phone: +7 (499) 940-09-83, email: [email protected].