How to Apply

The MEGA Program Application Process

Selection for the MEGA Program is merit-based and open to anyone who meets the following requirements:

  • Russian Youth 18-22 years old;
  • Active citizen journalist, young professional journalist, and/or student of journalism;
  • Demonstrate their achievements and interest in media;
  • Available to travel to the United States for 4 weeks from June 22 — July 21, 2019 
  • Fluent in English.

All the requirements of the program are strict. Your application may be rejected if you do not meet any of the requirements mentioned above. 

The selection process for the MEGA Program consists of two equal parts: (1) your electronic application and (2) online interview with selected semi-finalists.

During the first step of the selection process you will have to develop a media product (article, magazine, newspaper, video, social media group or profile, series of photos or radio podcast) that covers the following topic: “I am a leader in media literacy: past, present and future” in English and include the link to it.

Download Guidelines for Development of a Media Product

 

Please develop your media product in English.

Also you have to upload two letters of recommendation.

Media Exchange for Global Achievement Program (MEGA) is aimed to give youth journalists an opportunity to gain a better understanding of diverse media outlets and the role of media in the United States through a series of site visits, workshops, seminars and hands-on activities.

The Selection Process

All program finalists will be selected on a merit basis. Selection will be made based on your application, media project idea and digital interview.
Application

The first step of the application process is to complete the application form. Please do not forget to include: (1) one recommendation letter from your university instructor and one recommendation letter from your extracurricular supervisor or employer and (2) your foreign passport.

Media Project

All applicants are asked to develop a media project (article, magazine, newspaper, video, social media group or profile, series of photos or radio podcast) on the following topic: “I am a leader in media literacy: past, present and future”. Please develop your media product in English.

Online Interview

If you are selected as a semi-finalist for the MEGA Program, you will be interviewed by the selection committee.