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Sicredi Executives in Final Week of Internship
Monday, October 28, 2013 6:40 AM


Eight credit union executives from Sicredi, a leading financial cooperative in Brazil, are in their final week of a three-week internship in the Cornerstone Credit Union League region. While the delegates are here to learn about the U.S. credit union system, host credit unions have reported that they too are learning a great deal from this experience.

“Our intern, Anderson Aguiar, is a very intelligent young man and has provided much insight to the Sicredi system,” says Stephen Lark, vice president of marketing and corporate development at Communications FCU in Oklahoma City, Okla. “We have been including him in management meetings and have him shadowing in many operational areas of the credit union.”

“It has been a great experience for our credit union employees both professionally and personally,” adds Lark.

Terry McCoy with Amplify FCU in Austin, Texas, says their experience has been equally rewarding.

“Our intern, Maroan Tohme, is really delving in and asking some great questions,” McCoy says. “He’s really immersed himself. He attended our monthly board meeting; as well our monthly manager’s meeting. He has also visited most of our branches.”

Sicredi InternsIn addition to Communication FCU and Amplify FCU, other host credit unions include:

  • A+ FCU
  • Arkansas FCU
  • Texas Trust CU
  • Tinker FCU
  • TruService Community FCU
  • University FCU
  • United Heritage CU

Sicredi interns Adao Caraciolo and Maroan Tohme are dividing their time between the four Austin-based credit unions; Rosemari Zamarchi is interning at Arkansas FCU; Anderson Aguiar is interning at Communication FCU; Marcio Junior Cappellari is interning at Tinker FCU; Maikel Zenkner and Luciane Werner are both interning at Texas Trust CU; and Karina da Silveira Gasper is interning at TruService Community CU.

Today, Sicredi interns Zenkner and Werner will visit several Dallas area credit unions, including:

  • Credit Union of Texas
  • InTouch CU
  • Neighborhood CU

The Sicredi interns were carefully chosen to participate in this customized and targeted learning experience – a key initiative of the World Council of Credit Unions international partnership program between Cornerstone and Sicredi.Governance, economic empowerment, technology, risk management, and social responsibility are among the areas of interest for the interns.