About the program

FREE Business Internship Experience in the United States for Talented Russians

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About the program


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 four-day closing program 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.

Finalists are selected through an open, merit-based competition. RBL pays for flights and all living expenses while on the program. The program is being paid by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is part of the US Government. More information can be found on the US Embassy website here.



To provide young business leaders with the skills, knowledge, and inspiration to foster entrepreneurship, engage in new forms of innovation, strengthen leadership abilities, stimulate economic growth and development in Russia, and establish productive ties with American society.

Create partnerships between companies and young entrepreneurs in the United States and Russia.