Russian Business Leaders Program “Internship in the US business sector”

Russian Business Leaders Program "Internship in the US business sector"

New recruitment for Russian Business Leaders Program is open, 12 program finalists will travel to the USA in Spring 2023!

Russian Business Leaders (RBL) is a FREE program for young Russians engaged in business leadership positions to gain exposure to work in the US private sector. Selected finalists will participate in professionally-relevant, tailored four-week fellowships at a wide-variety of US businesses and non-profit organizations, university business departments, accelerators, and other related institutes and enterprises focused on building businesses. The program will conclude with a dynamic opening and closing programs in Washington, D.C.

RBL will provide participants with an array of modern business tools, concepts, and principles that will strengthen their leadership and technical abilities through interactive and personalized projects, as well as build enduring professional relationships between Americans and Russians who share an interest in driving economic development forward. RBL is designed to allow Russian business leaders to share their experience with American colleagues, learn more about the United States, and build ties that will benefit business and cultural relations between the US and Russia. Many finalists will also have the opportunity to live with an American family and invite an American colleague back to Russia to explore prospects for joint business projects.

American Councils strongly encourages minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities to apply for the program. Any qualified finalist who needs support on program due to a disability will be provided with reasonable accommodations as defined by the ADA to ensure his or her ability to actively participate in the Program.

RBL pays for flights and all living expenses while on the program. The program is being funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is part of the US Government. Finalists are selected through an open, merit-based competition. 

To be eligible for the Russian Business Leaders program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Russia with strong ties to the Russian Federation and the intent of returning to Russia in the future if based elsewhere. Priority will be given to applicants currently resident in the Russia Federation.” y;
  • Be between 22 and 40 years of age at ANY time of the application period;
  • Be proficient in English;
  • Have at least 2 years of relevant experience in and commitment to a career in business. Relevant fields of business include entrepreneurship, innovation, social entrepreneurship, large corporations;
  • Have demonstrated business leadership skills and experience.

University degree is strongly encouraged.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible to apply to participate as fellows in the Russian Business Leaders program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, research programs in the US, or who are currently working in the United States
  • Individuals who have already been recipients of and participated in the Russian Business Leaders program
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime as further detailed by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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