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International leadership program seeks candidates
MADISON, Wis. (2/29/12)--Young credit union professionals can submit applications through March 30 for internships at Guatemala credit unions as part of the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) International Credit Union Leadership Program.

The WOCCU program will select 10 U.S. credit union professionals for internships that run June 10-23. The internships allow young credit union leaders to learn how Guatemalan credit unions reach underserved populations and support communities with member education and special projects.

Participants receive lodging from a host family, a meals stipend, local transportation, traveler's insurance and a limited communications stipend. The sponsoring U.S. credit union is expected to pay the airfare cost of $1,350.

Selection criteria include being age 40 or younger as of Sept. 1, 2011; active involvement as an employee or board member of a credit union or related organization; intermediate-to-advanced Spanish language skills; and the potential to advance the national or international credit union system through initiatives that also help the development of the participant's community.

The selection process includes an application form, an essay and a telephone or Web interview. For more information or to apply, use the link.

In the first phase of the program, 10 participants from Guatemala were chosen to intern at U.S. credit unions. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, which is part of the larger U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program.
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