One of the most valuable and enjoyable experiences of my life thus far has been working at MSU-CIBER, more specifically globalEDGE, for the past four years. As a top website for international business my work with globalEDGE has allowed for me to gain experiences and knowledge about various facets of the international business world that would have never been possible without this opportunity.

Throughout my time at MSU-CIBER I have had the pleasure of participating in a variety of different projects, each requiring a different skill set. My time at MSU-CIBER has helped me hone in on my passion for designing, creating, critical thinking, and learning. 

In a few days I will be graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, as well as a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. The two degrees that I have earned over my past four years at Michigan State University will no doubt serve as an extremely valuable resource for my future employment and endeavors, but what will really set me apart from the crowd are the incredibly useful skills and international business insights that I have gained through my time at MSU-CIBER.

Working at MSU-CIBER has afforded me the privilege of working in a very diverse environment, which has in turn inspired me to travel to Spain next year to be a North American Language and Culture Assistant. I am incredibly grateful for the past four years that I have had the honor of being employed at MSU-CIBER. The experiences and knowledge I have gained have been truly beneficial to not only myself as a professional and academic, but also as an individual.

Marta Grabowski - Student Research Assistant

During my junior year at Michigan State University I had to opportunity to start working at the CIBER office on the globalEDGE team. Since then I have spent three years working on the globalEDGE team and have become a better rounded person because of this experience. Before I started this journey I never thought of things on a global perspective, I would only think about how things would affect the United States and Michigan specifically. Working at the CIBER office and on globalEDGE has taught me the importance of being aware of what is happening internationally and being able to recognize its effects globally.

After I graduate with my Master's of Science in Accounting I will be starting with Ernst & Young in tax in the Grand Rapids, MI office. Now that I see the value in looking at business from an international perspective I have realized that I want to direct my career towards international tax consulting. I have also already expressed my interest to Ernst & Young in doing one of their international rotation programs in a different country. I now know that to be the best business person I can calls for international experience and international knowledge.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked at MSU's CIBER and specifically on the globalEDGE team. This experience has guided me down the right path to set myself apart from others in the business world. With my now broader perspectives and increased international business knowledge I feel more than prepared to transition from college into the ever growing international business world.

Taylor Hill - globalEDGE Team Leader & Student Assistant

We use globalEDGE heavily in our international marketing classes. We also let our students know that, unlike many of our databases, globalEDGE will continue to be available to them after graduation. Your database is very well regarded and appreciated. Thank you for all the good work you do.

Kathryn K. Silberger - Librarian, Marist College

I found the Institute priceless coupled with the networking with community college peers.

The presentations and materials provided were great. I will use many of the resources to internationalize my general business courses, especially the globalEDGE website.

I could have listened to all of them for longer periods of time – so much good information to absorb!

Wished it didn’t have to end – learned so much from collaboration with participants!

The program is outstanding in every sense. It is an honor to be in this program.

IBI Program Participants

When I was a freshman at Michigan State University, I had no clue what to expect when I walked into the CIBER office for the first time. At CIBER, I was assigned to work on globalEDGE, an international business website that provides information across many global dimensions such as economies, emerging markets, industries, and globalization. Over my five years at globalEDGE, I obtained a vast amount of international business knowledge. However, perhaps the most important thing I experienced was a passion for international opportunities and global understanding.

After graduating from Michigan State with my Masters of Science in Accounting, I will be starting full-time work with Ernst & Young in their Detroit office as an auditor. My time at globalEDGE inspired me to pursue international opportunities in order to better understand the globalized economy of our modern age. Due to the international passion I obtained working in the CIBER office, I plan to pursue rotational programs at Ernst & Young that allow me to work abroad for one to two years. Overall, my long-term career plan is to gather international experience in order to garner a better understanding of our interconnected, global economy.

My work at CIBER has also exposed me to great friendships and global understanding. While working at the office, I was able to meet fellow students who have traveled around the world for study abroad and work experience. This has inspired me to achieve a higher sense of global awareness and international business education over my years at the CIBER. As I leave CIBER in a few months, I can look back at my experience in complete gratitude because my CIBER experience has allowed me to fully grasp the importance of international education.

Evan Pennisi - globalEDGE Team Leader & Student Assistant

The Riddle of the Exporter™ teaches exporting is from an entrepreneurial point of view. Entrepreneurs want to be able to access relevant information easily and quickly.  At GlobalEDGE.msu.edu there is so much information; it is amazing!  For the beginning exporter, it is just a gem.

Elyse Eriksson - Creator/Author of The Riddle of the Exporter Training and Workbook

globalEDGE is an excellent source of valuable information for anybody interested in international business.

Mario E. Davila Escobar - Professor, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

globalEDGE provides in depth information and data for research and teaching International Business courses. The portal is must for students, faculty and practitioners. Diagnostic modules are learning tools for all users. globalEDGE has rightly become a premier resource for International Business information.

Bindu Vyas - Associate Professor International Business/Management

The International Center is doing path breaking work with its annual summer institutes for community college business faculty. By helping community college students nationwide learn how to do business globally, the Center is contributing to President Obama's National Export Initiative by helping create critically needed jobs in the short-term and rebalancing the national economy in longer-term.


Doug Barry - International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Michigan State University's globalEDGE web site is hands down the best source of information about the countries, industries, and technologies with the most promising growth potential for U.S. companies doing business overseas.

Noel Nevshehir - Director of International Business Services, Automation Alley

Having been in the trade realm for years I have come to appreciate globalEDGE. Thank you for maintaining such a great site.

Roberta A. Brooke - Director, MBA Program, Eastern Washington University

globalEDGE is one of the easiest sources to use. I love that they include the source with each section...to underscore the importance of the primary source. Very important. We use this page with intercultural communication classes, international business, economics and finance...

Linda Bartnik - Murray State University Libraries

globalEDGE provides a wealth of up-to-date information, training, and resources in a well-organized format for the benefit of the international business community at large including new and seasoned companies involved in foreign trade, and American corporations/organizations operating abroad. It is especially useful to American professionals abroad in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Leila Heron - American Citizens Abroad (ACA) Country Contact, Republic of Panama and Venezuela

globalEDGE provides us with rich and innovative knowledge on international markets as we target worldwide customers with leading-quality footwear.

Tim O'Donovan - Chairman, Wolverine World Wide

globalEDGE is a highly accessible and first-rate resource that helps keep our membership informed about relevant global business issues facing Michigan's manufacturers.

John MacIlroy - CEO & President, Michigan Manufacturers Association

globalEDGE is the nec plus ultra of international business portals: an essential tool for students, executives and researchers. It is a magnificent source and resource, continuously updated; its diagnostic tools are true interactive learning opportunities for all users. We use it integratively and fully at Georgia Tech.

Dr. John R. McIntyre - Professor of International Management and Executive Director of Georgia Tech CIBER

I am really impressed with how globalEDGE manages today's information overload to provide practical international business information.

Sten Sjoberg - COO, Demmer Corporation

globalEDGE is a very valuable partner for the U.S. Commercial Service in our mission to assist U.S. companies to be competitive in global markets.

Doug Barry - Director of Marketing & Communications, U.S. Commercial Service

globalEDGE provides a wealth of information on corporations, industries, and countries that assist us as we conduct research for our international customer satisfaction indices.

Claes Fornell - Chairman, CFI Group Worldwide

Michigan State was one of five universities awarded the 2006 Senator Paul Simon Award for campus internationalization and profiled in a major report published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The report, titled "Internationalizing the Campus 2006: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities," highlighted selected units at Michigan State and singled out both globalEDGE and IBC for recognition. The Eli Broad College of Business received mention not only for the renewal of the CIBER grant and top-rated globalEDGE website, but also for the depth and breadth of the study abroad programming. In 2004-2005, 521 undergraduate and graduate students at the Broad School studied abroad, the most of any college at the University.

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globalEDGE became a very powerful tool when I worked on the project of analyzing low cost country opportunities at Whirlpool this summer. It is a portal of an unbelievably large amount of information and data regarding international business. Additionally, the methodology used to analyze the emerging markets is very thought-provoking. globalEDGE was very helpful to my project and I think I will use it more frequently in the future.


"All of you are doing an outstanding job with the CIBER at MSU. Unarguably, MSU's CIBER is the best in the nation- a view that I emphatically express. Kudos for globalEDGE which is now the premiere website for information related to International Business."

Zahir A. Quraeshi - Professor of Marketing and International Business, Western Michigan University