25 June 2021
EM celebrates 10 years of global internships programme as three more graduates go full-time

EM’s highly successful internships scheme this year celebrates its 10th anniversary with three more programme graduates year-to-date taking up full-time positions with the agency, continuing a tradition that stretches back to the programme’s launch in Moscow a decade ago.

The latest EMterns joining on a permanent basis are Harriet Coleman in London and Luke Cornforth and Yana Mkrtchyan in Moscow. The addition of the trio brings EM’s full-time team to more than 40 people, with nearly half based at the firm’s largest office in Moscow.

“Our internships programme has been a rich source of new talent for EM, as well as giving students and young professionals invaluable hands-on experience of working at an award-winning strategic communications and investor relations agency.”

EMternships programme co-head Ruben Bunyatyan added: “From an initial partnership with Oxford University, who have honoured us with Gold Standard Internship Host status, we have built strong relationships with leading universities in all of our core markets. And we are always happy to hear from prospective candidates and partners as we continue to expand our horizons.”

Harriet becomes the first former EMtern to join EM’s London office full-time. She graduated with Distinction in Political Science and Russian from McGill University in Canada, and worked in Kazakhstan for almost two years post-graduation before joining the EMternship programme at the start of 2021.

Luke, who holds a degree in Russian and Arabic from Durham University, gained experience in St Petersburg as a freelance translator and editor of corporate and financial materials for leading Russian corporates. He took up his internship with EM in December 2020.

Yana undertook her internship with EM while completing a double master’s degree at Sciences Po in Paris and MGIMO in Moscow with a focus on international energy studies, which she successfully graduated in June. She also holds an undergraduate degree in international relations from St Petersburg State University.

Other former EMterns who have successfully made the transition to full-time positions include Sergii Pershyn (2012), Tamara Dzhanashiya (2014), Ruben Bunyatyan (2016), Alessia Peretti (2017), Olga Golubkova (2017), Eloise Melville (2018), Olga Kuzmina (2019) and Maria Zhmurko (2019).