The Institute of International Business at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking overseas internship hosting firms, like Novosoft Inc., one of Russia’s leading offshore custom software development companies.

The institute hopes international companies will provide internships for the institute’s 50 Master of International Business (MIB) degree program students.

          Novosoft hired Jonathan Cobbs, a student in the MIB degree program, to intern with the company’s marketing department for six months.

Novosoft has over 400 software engineers working in Novosibirsk, Russia, to assist customers in the U.S., India and Japan.

          The company has worked with customers such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and Samsung on projects ranging from desktop applications to mobile commerce systems.  Many of the engineers working with the firm crossed over from Russia’s nuclear energy industry in the last decade. 

The city of Novosibirsk has rapidly gained recognition as the Silicon Valley of Russia according to CEO Sergey Kovalyov

However, having brilliant programmers is not necessarily enough to prosper, said Marketing Director Yuri Ovcharenko, so integrating Mr. Cobbs’ skills will help to bridge communication gaps with Western customers.

          There are at present over 50 students in the MIB program at GSU who learn a second business language and perform an overseas internship for the degree.  This past year, students interned in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico and Russia for firms such as Siemens AG, Coca-Cola, BellSouth International, DaimlerChrysler, Accenture, Motorola and Novosoft, among others.

Contact Dan Kinsey at (404) 651-2753 or for more information.