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January 27, 2015   

Events & Education // 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.

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

2013–2014 Program

Apr. 7–May 11, 2013 Costa Rican participants intern in Alabama, Florida, Oregon or Washington
June 9–22, 2013 U.S. participants intern in Costa Rica
Oct. 6–Nov. 9, 2013 Brazilian participants intern in Texas, Oregon or Washington
Jan. 12–25, 2014* U.S. participants intern in Brazil

*Note: The application deadline for the Brazil program (Jan. 12–25) has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, October 4, 2013.


World Council of Credit Unions will be calling for U.S. credit union applicants for the fourth phase of the organization's International Credit Union Leadership Program in July 2013.

During this phase, 12 U.S. credit union professionals will be selected to intern at credit unions in Brazil from January 12–25, 2014. The internship offers excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how Brazilian credit unions 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

Participant Requirements

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$2,000.00 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:

  • 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 a career trajectory within the credit union industry

Application Process

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 view all program information carefully to determine eligibility.

Please submit applications to Michael Suing, Program Specialist, at msuing@woccu.org or by fax at +1-608-395-2001. If sent by fax, please follow up with an email notification.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Candidate interviews will take place within two weeks following the application deadline by telephone or a web-based program.