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International Credit Union Leadership Program

World Council of Credit Unions is calling for U.S. credit union applicants for the latest phase of the organization's International Credit Union Leadership Program.

During this phase, 10 young U.S. professionals will be selected to intern at credit unions in Guatemala. The internships, which run from June 10–23, 2012, offer excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how Guatemalan credit unions serve underserved populations and support their communities through member education and other special projects.

The program provides each participant with local host family lodging, a meals stipend, local transportation, traveler's insurance and a limited communications stipend.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program is an internship program that places young professionals in various credit unions overseas. The program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language skill development, enhance cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to credit union development and management on a global basis. In addition, the program focuses on helping credit unions find new ways to attract younger members.

  • The 2012 program has four internship phases as outlined below, along with timelines:
  • Guatemalan participants intern with California and Iowa credit unions (April 2012)
  • U.S. participants intern with Guatemalan credit unions (June 2012)
  • Dominican Repuiblic participants intern with North Carolina and Wisconsin credit unions (October 2012)
  • U.S. participants intern with Dominican Republic credit unions (January 2013)

The International Credit Union Leadership Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, and is part of the larger U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program.

Click here to learn more about the U.S. Department of State's program.

Selected applicants must be able to participate in the full two-week program in order to qualify. It is the applicants' responsibility to arrange for time away from their credit unions prior to application.

The sponsoring U.S. credit union is also responsible for covering an airfare cost of approximately US$1,350 associated with the applicant's exchange program as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.

Applicants meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be 40 years of age or younger on Sept. 1, 2011
  • Demonstrate personal commitment and the ability to significantly influence the credit union
  • Show leadership and entrepreneurial skills and demonstrate how personal initiative has contributed to the credit union's development
  • Exhibit the potential to advance the national or international credit union system through initiatives that would also help the development of his or her community
  • Be actively involved as an employee or board member of a credit union or organization affiliated with World Council through the Credit Union National Association or a state credit union league
  • Be available to travel on the specific dates outlined by the program
  • Not be a World Council employee or board member
  • Have intermediate-to-advanced Spanish language skills
  • Have a career trajectory within the credit union industry

All participants are required to submit an application with an essay and pass an interview by telephone or web-based program.

If you are interested in applying, please download the information packet and application below. Please read through the information packet carefully to determine if you can comply with the all program requirements.
Please submit applications to Michael Suing, program specialist, or by fax at (608)395-2001. If sent by fax, please follow up with an email. Applications are due by Friday, April 20, 2012.

For more information, click here.