International experience is a highly sought after qualification for an upward bound career, in business, government and nonprofit. Cross-cultural competence has become very valuable to be successful. If you are a professional with a bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ experience, CIP Chicago can help you, if you are interested in a rewarding work-based professional development in the U.S. If you are a college student or a college graduate within the last 12 months, we can sponsor your internship in the U.S. for a period up to 12 months.
Since its founding in 1956, CIP has brought over 15,000 individuals to the U.S. from 147 countries for training, professional development and cross-cultural exchange. They came, many lived with host families, worked at businesses, nonprofits or at government divisions, and returned home with enhanced knowledge and skills for an upward bound career and to serve their countries and community. In the process they and their host professionals and families established lasting relationships across national and cultural boundaries.
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Community Connections Program
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 host organizations.
The Community Connections Program offers home-stays based on 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 experiences.
...The Open World Program builds mutual understanding between the United States and the participating country by opening and maintaining new avenues of dialogue between political and civic leaders in the U.S. and a new generation of foreign 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
Open World Program
The Open World Program enables emerging foreign leaders to experience U.S. democracy and free enterprise in action in communities across the United States, including Colleagues International. During ten-day trips, Open World participants learn about the roles and interrelationships 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
15,000 professionals from 147 countries
The Work-Based Training program allows businesses (and nonprofits) to onboard well-qualified professionals from abroad. Experience and studies show businesses that had strong international and cross-cultural presence or diversity among their staff demonstrated the ability to view issues and possibilities from a different perspective, generate new ideas, creativity in problem solving, high morale and low turnover. We can help you bring one or more such individuals for work and work-based training at your firm on a full time basis for a period of two to 18 months!Read More
Many Opportunities for Work-based Training
CIP’s Work-Based Training program enables you to onboard well-qualified professionals from abroad. Experience and studies show organizations that had strong international and cross-cultural presence or diversity among their staff demonstrated the ability to view issues and possibilities from a different perspective, generate new ideas, creative problem solving capacity, high morale and low turnover. We can make arrangements for you to interview a few individuals and select one or more such individuals for work and work-based training at your organization on a full time basis for a period of two to 18 months. We can also help you bring highly motivated college students, or those who graduated within the last 12 months for a period of up to one year.More
A Wide Variety Highly Motivated and Well Trained Candidates
CIP Chicago has several local and state government agencies that find and place professionals with strong background in a variety of public service areas and highly relevant expertise such as those in management, information technology, budgeting, finance, and web-design. These individuals have come to serve the government organization anywhere from one to eighteen months, made a significant contribution, and returned home with an enriching experience of serving a noble cause and gaining the experience of working for a government institution.
Please note that you’ll not only receive the services of a highly qualified and motivated professional with a deep sense of commitment and service but also make a contribution to the life and career of this individual along with his/her community and country. Would you like to have one or two such professionals at your division?
Group Training in a Variety of FIelds in Many Countries
If your agency wants to enhance the knowledge and skills of a group of your staff in a specific area of expertise, CIP Chicago can design and organize professional development for them. Duration may vary from one week to eight weeks depending on the needs and interests of the group. Costs need to be covered by the group members, your organization, or the government. By consulting with you, we shall determine the site/ professional development venue regardless of the country.
Our recent group trainings included: Belarus (Higher Education Management), Buryatia (Youth Development), Ethiopia (Entrepreneurship), Georgia (University Administration, Community College, Vocational Training, and Research), Germany, Kyrgyzstan (Journalism and Investigative Journalism), Moldova (Small Business Development), Serbia (Women’s Entrepreneurship and Domestic/Family Violence) Russia (Child Protection, Community-Based Services for Vulnerable Children, Municipal Management, and Budgeting), Turkmenistan (Juvenile Justice), and Uzbekistan (Credit Union and Banking).