Open Positions

REEES Undergraduate Ambassador


Looking for an internship in a field you already care about? Want some extra help paying those tuition bills? You’re in luck! The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is now accepting applications for an UNDEGRADUATE STUDENT AMBASSADOR for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This position is a great way to build your résumé in a way that demonstrates a professional commitment to international education, policy, and research! We are pleased to be able to offer the successful applicant $12/hour. This position is open to Pitt undergraduate students. Students pursuing a REEES credential will receive priority consideration.

Ambassadors are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week, depending on the Center’s needs and the intern’s academic schedule. Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Promoting the Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies, and other REEES undergraduate credentials through class visits
  • Holding weekly office hours
  • Serving as the REEES liaison to relevant student groups on campus
  • Assisting with REEES and REEES-affiliated events, including student conferences and other gatherings
  • Being a resource for other Pitt undergraduates interested in learning about REEES
  • Assisting REEES students with the digital portfolio requirement of REEES certificates
  • Serving as our Global Ambassador to the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and ex officio member of the Global Ambassador Committee

The position reports to the REEES Assistant Director for Academic Affairs.

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Natalia Krylova, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, by March 15, 2024:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position; please also note any scholarships you will receive and any other student positions you plan to hold during the 2024-2025 academic year, as well as the number hours you will work in those positions;
  • A resumé
  • The name, email address, and phone number of one reference (e.g. professor, advisor, employer), noting their professional relationship to you.

Finalists will be invited for an in-person interview.


Full-time Graduate Student Assistant Position, Academic Year 2024-2025
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Global Studies Center (GSC) are seeking a full-time Graduate Student Assistant (20 hours per week) for the 2024-25 academic year. 
Responsibilities @ REEES (10 hrs per week):
  1. Assist in the following ways with the annual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (to learn about the Symposium, please visit  help create and distribute publicity materials for the Symposium; assist with logistical arrangements, scheduling, and correspondence with students and faculty participating in the Symposium; work with accepted students individually to help them revise their papers and prepare to present at the Symposium; attend meetings of the Symposium organizing committee to participate in planning the event; be present at the Symposium, which will take place in Spring 2023, to help ensure that the event runs smoothly; assist with other Symposium-related tasks as needed.
  2. Assist the REEES Associate and Assistant Directors and Engagement Coordinator with organization, publicity, correspondence, etc. for events sponsored by the REEES outreach program. (To learn about REEES outreach, please visit  These events may include Pitt’s high school Model United Nations simulation, professional development workshops for educators, sending speakers to local schools, development of training and curriculum materials, etc.
  3. Assist the Center with data collection and preparation of materials for REEES grant proposals and reports and other duties as assigned.
Responsibilities @ Global Studies (10 hrs per week):
The GSA's main role will be to support the Pittsburgh Network for Threatened Scholars administered by the Global Studies Center. The GSA will work closely with newly arriving threatened scholars and students. 
  1. Responsibilities will include helping incoming scholars/students learn to adapt to life in Pittsburgh and navigate everyday challenges (grocery shopping, medical appointments, etc.). 
  2. The GSA will assist also threatened scholars in developing programs of public engagement with the Pitt and Pittsburgh communities, working especially closely with City of Asylum.
  3. GSA will help facilitate VISA application, renewals, attend weekly meetings with the scholars, updating website, and scheduling appointments and events with the scholar.  The Fellowship requires 20 hours per week with compensation of full tuition remission and stipend and will require some weekend and evening hours.
  • Academic or professional experience related to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia AND/OR Global Studies preferred.
  • Cannot hold a concurrent hourly student position;
  • Enrolled in a University of Pittsburgh graduate program in the arts, humanities or social sciences; students enrolled in credentials offered by the University Center for International Studies preferred
  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Proactive approach to responsibilities, planning and project management. Ability to take initiative.
  • Experience in proofreading and light content editing.
  • Excellent written, speaking and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team in an office environment where multitasking and high attention to detail are essential.
  • Familiarity with Pittsburgh.
  • Adaptability in helping international visitors cope with daily living in difficult circumstances, including willingness to accompany visitors on trips within the city (expenses to be paid by GSC).
  • Willingness to engage in imagining, developing, and implementing programs that the scholar will carry out in cooperation with GSC and other partner units.
  • Familiarity with REEES, GSC and the two centers' programs is ideal but not required.
This position covers full tuition, a stipend of approximately $10,000 per semester, and most fees in accordance with mandatory rates set by the Office of the Provost. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and short writing sample (approximately 3 to 5 pages) to REEES Associate Director Dr. Zsuzsánna Magdó at  and GSC Associate Director Veronica Dristas at with the following subject line “2024-2025 Full-time GSA Position” by Friday, April 19, 2024.