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Cynthia L. Heinberg, Cristen L Duncan, Mark H. Killinger, Kent O. Goodey, Edward F. Kryuchkov, Nikolai I. Geraskin, Maxim E. Silaev, Elena K. Sokova, "International Internships in Nuclear Safeguards and Security: Challenges and Successes," Proceedings, Pacific Northwest International Conference on Global Nuclear Security – the Decade Ahead, Portland, OR, April 2010.


All students in the Russian safeguards and security degree programs at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and Tomsk Polytechnic University, sponsored by the Material Protection, Control and Accounting (MPC&A) Education Project, take part in a domestic internship at a Russian enterprise or facility. In addition, a select few students are placed in an international internship. These internships provide students with a better view of how MPC&A and nonproliferation in general are addressed outside of Russia. The possibility of an international internship is a significant incentive for students to enroll in the safeguards and security degree programs. The U.S. members of the MPC&A Education Project team interview students who have been nominated by their professors. These students must have initiative and reasonable English skills. The project team and professors then select students to be tentatively placed in various international internships during the summer or fall of their final year of study. Final arrangements are then made with the host organizations. This paper describes the benefits of the joint United States/Russia cooperation for next-generation workforce development, some of the international internships that have been carried out, the benefits of these international internships, and lessons learned in implementing them.


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