Atlanta firms interested in providing a month-long business internship to managers and government representatives from the Moscow Oblast region, just outside the Russian capital, are asked to contact the Georgia Council for International Visitors immediately.

The GCIV is also seeking host families for the delegation members, who will be in the United States, Nov. 4-30, to learn about U.S. business principles in furthering the growth of Russia’s market economy.

“Meeting, hosting and working with these visitors could lead to business opportunities in Russia,” said Igor Malanchuk, the Council’s training and development director, who highlighted the industrial potential of the Moscow Oblast region.

Several delegation members have already found internship placements in Atlanta with such companies as Arrow Truck Sales Inc., Cushman-Wakefield and ITM Corp., said Mr. Malanchuk, though he stipulated that more business and host family volunteers are needed.

Delegation participants include Lyutenko Anatoly, member of the Moscow government’s Council of Small and Medium-sized Businesses; Alexandre Koukouchkin, director of Consolttrade, a venture capital fund; Natalia Smaguina, human resources director of the Coffeemania Company cafe chain;

Larisa Anch, director of marketing for Krasnogorskleksredstva, a company producing herbal teas; Sviatenko Serguei, director general of RIK Co., which produces food and commercial products; Tiourine Oleg, general manager of Ozherelie Foods, a company producing feeds for poultry, cattle and pigs;

Alexandre Borovik, director of NTC Liga-Rodnik, providing computer repair and technical support services; Dulub Andrei, deputy director of Rosconsalt consulting firm, specializing in management and public-sector consulting;

Tikhomirov Vladmir, president of the MGK Yauza Co., a real estate development and construction firm, and Vasilchenko Elvira, director of marketing for Rustractor-MV Co., which sells industrial and transportation machinery.

The program, organized by the U.S. Department of State‘s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, aims to provide visitors with exposure to the structure of American business and encourage public and private partnerships in Russia.

Contact Mr. Malanchuk at (404) 832-5560, ext. 13 for additional information.