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International Leaders Program Seeks U.S. Interns To Brazil
MADISON, Wis. (8/9/13)--The World Council of Credit Unions is seeking U.S. credit union professionals to apply for a two-week credit union internship, Jan. 12-25, in Brazil, through its International Credit Union Leadership Program.

Click to view larger image A group of U.S. participants visit the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica as part of their internships through the International Credit Union Leadership Program in June.  (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
A committee will select 12 candidates to participate in the scholarship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and covers all expenses but airfare. The application deadline is Sept. 27.

"The International Credit Union Leadership Program gives credit union leaders in the U.S. a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience from Brazil's credit union system," said Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO.

"The country is globally recognized for successfully consolidating and fully integrating its credit union system. Interns will learn how Brazil's credit unions reach underserved populations and support their communities through member education and special projects. They will also gain an appreciation for cooperative collaboration that they can apply back home," Branch said.

The program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, expose participants to cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills in the credit union industry. Participating U.S. credit union leaders learn firsthand about methods to better serve an increasingly diverse membership, including youth, businesses and low-income members.

In a two-way exchange, credit union professionals from Brazil also can intern in the U.S. Twelve Brazilian credit union professionals will begin their U.S. internships Oct. 6 at the Cornerstone Credit Union League (Texas) and Northwest Credit Union Association (Oregon/Washington), implementing partners of the grant.

The program is part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges. It provides each participant with credit union placement, lodging with a local host family, meals and communication stipends, local transportation and traveler's insurance.

Sponsoring U.S. credit unions will cover airfare cost of roughly $2,000.

Contact Michael Suing, msuing@woccu.org or 608-395-2075, for details. For more information use the link.
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