Professionals

Professional Development/Training – Individualized

The Council of International Programs (CIP) provides work-based training and cultural exchange opportunities for professionals from almost any part of the world! Eligibility criteria include at least a bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience. Opportunities are available for accountants, administrators, architects, computer/IT specialists, health specialists, marketing specialists, social workers, teachers, web designers, and professionals from other fields. Duration may vary from 1-18 months.

The cost of the program – for housing, food, local travel, health insurance and program support etc. is paid by the trainee, sponsoring agency in the trainees home country, hosting firm in the U.S. or with a government support; and varies from individual to individual and from country to country. Contact us for details: Dr. George Palamattam, gp@cipchicago.org, 001 630 359 3393.

What can you expect to get out this experience? Enhanced knowledge and skills in your professional field, expertise in cross-cultural communication, and the experience of working with the government, nonprofit or a private business in the U.S. Of course, you’re likely to get more knowledge about the American society as well. Each training is individualized and contains two components:

  • Hands-on practical knowledge and skills
  • Immersion in American culture and cross-cultural exchange experience

CIP offers training in the following fields; If you want to customize training in a different field, contact us and we shall discuss with you options for customizing a program specifically to meet your needs:

  • Law
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Commerce
  • Social Work
  • Management
  • Library Science
  • Communications
  • Special Education
  • Computer Science
  • Information Media
  • Public Administration
  • Educational Administration

Group Training/Professional Development

CIP can also design and organize professional development for groups. Duration may vary from one week to eight weeks, depending on the needs and interests of the group. Cost needs to be covered by the group members or their employer or the government.

Our recent groups included those from Belarus, Buryatia, Ethiopia, Georgia (5 groups), Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia (4), Turkmenistan (2) and others.

Topics of recent group training include: Child Protection, Community Colleges, Community-Based Services for Vulnerable Children, Credit Union, Domestic Violence, Entrepreneurship, Micro Finance, Municipal Budgeting and Accounting, Research, Small Business, Sports, Vocational Education/Training, Wine Making, Women in Business, Youth Development.

Below are a few of our recent government-sponsored programs

Community Connections

The Community Connections Program, funded through the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia at USAID, is designed to promote public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values between participants, U.S. families and local community host organizations.

The Community Connections Program offers home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, local government officials, legal professionals, non-governmental organization leaders and other professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Local community host organizations – including Colleagues International – arrange internships for participants based on interests and experience.The goals of the Community Connections program are to

Provide participants with professional training and exposure to day-to-day functioning of a free market system

Encourage public-private partnerships in Europe/Eurasia by including private sector and government participants on U.S. visits

Create links between U.S. and Europe/Eurasia regions and communities

Open World

The Open World Program enables emerging Russian leaders to experience U.S. democracy and free enterprise in action in communities across the United States including Colleagues International. During 10-day trips, Open World participants learn about the roles and inter-relationships of the three different branches and levels of the U.S. government. They also examine how the U.S. private and nonprofit sectors help meet social and civic needs. The program builds mutual understanding between the United States and Russia by opening and maintaining new avenues of dialogue between U.S. political and civic leaders and a new generation of Russian leaders. The program’s civic delegations focus on one of eight themes: economic development, education reform, environment, federalism, health, rule of law, women as leaders, or youth issues.

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Eligibility Criteria

If you are interested in applying for a training opportunity through CIP, please attach your Resume/CV and provide your email address below. If you meet the minimum qualifications of a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience for our program, we will send an application form to the email address you provide.

Note – CIP Chicago does not provide financial assistance for academic purposes.

CIP benefits communities both in the U.S. and abroad. Each trainee serves as an ambassador of their home country sharing their cultural views and professional experiences with their host family and sponsoring organizations in the U.S. At the conclusion of the program the trainee leaves with a fresh perspective and refined skills to implement in their home country. American Organizations Both for-profit and non-profit organizations learn about foreign business customs, gain networking opportunities, and increase insight into other countries’ economic and social perspectives.

 
 

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