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Intl. Credit Union Leadership Program


The International Credit Union Leadership Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to various credit unions, both in the United States and abroad, for intensive short-term credit union internships designed to broaden their professional expertise. The program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language development, enhance cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to global credit union development and management. The program also focuses on helping credit unions find new ways to attract young members.

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.

2013–2014 Program

April 2013 Costa Rican participants interned in Alabama, Florida, Oregon or Washington
June 2013 U.S. participants interned in Costa Rica
October 2013 Brazilian participants interned in Texas, Oregon or Washington
January 2014 U.S. participants interned in Brazil

2012–2013 Program

April 2012
Guatemalan participants interned in California and Iowa
June 2012 U.S. participants interned in Guatemala
October 2012 Dominican Repuiblic participants interned in North Carolina and Wisconsin
January 2013 U.S. participants interned in the Dominican Republic


The internship offers excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how credit unions abroad serve underserved populations and support their communities through member education and other special projects.

The program includes:

  • credit union internship placement
  • lodging with a local host family
  • meal and communication stipends
  • local transportation
  • traveler's insurance


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