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Next Generation Talent: Making Connections... and Coffee

Part of Cisco's commitment to innovation is cultivating partnerships with universities around the world. Those relationships allow young talent to work alongside Cisco employees on next-generation development projects, while the students learn crucial technical and business skills. Meet these bright interns from Russia who are training at Cisco's San Jose campus for a year learning valuable skills, including the art of making connections.

Kirsten Chiala
August 23 , 2014


Landon Curt Noll: Espresso Central is a magical place where espresso is made and executives and key people meet for coffee. So our interns, in addition to performing high computing research, also help support the espresso machine because it's part of culture and how we work, it's how you make connections.

Roman Kladovshchikov: I'm here working with Cisco unified computing systems and I'm learning how to install servers from scratchthe other part is social part, how to make connections because it's a really if I may say, art.

Landon: One of the things we see in someone like Roman, is really an ambassador to Cisco from his university and an ambassador from his university to Cisco, so he will leave after his experience here with a significant amount of appreciation for what we do and how we do it, and that really helps build bridges.

Alex Goryachev:  We now have about 12 Russia students here in United States. When I first met this group of people that we selected I was just blown away by how committed they are.

Victoria Guseva: I'm from Russia Kaluga,I'm studying at Bauman Moscow State University.I'm studying management of higher technologies

I came here to work and I enjoyed it very much that's what I expect and it's even better than I expected.

Landon: They see some technologies as a given rather than part of the people that helped create it, and that's really kind of every fresh perspective, they are people who just assume the Internet exist and take it in new and exciting directions.

Alex: I think one of the cool things is that they move from one project to another so they get exposure to different products in different cultures and different cool things we do around here. When we’re trying to build something similar to Silicon Valley, the universities are essential part of it, by partnering with universities we can help create that culture and create those opportunities.

It certainly helps Cisco because it builds talent capabilities in the country, it certainly exposes students to Cisco technologies and helps them see how we are driving innovation in the world.

Graphic: thenetwork.cisco.com



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