West Virginia Council of International Programs

The West Virginia Council of International Programs (WVCIP), based in Morgantown, WV, reaches out to international professionals around the world in a program to offer training and development opportunities which include cross-cultural interactions and dimensions. WVCIP is a private, non-profit community organization, which invests volunteer time and effort into a multi-cultural professional development. With offices in the Office International Programs of West Virginia University, WVCIP is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. It works closely with local supervisors, services, and up to 36 volunteer host families. For information, go to – http://cip.wvu.edu/

In the past 10 years, WVCIP has set a unique record of accomplishment in promoting professional development and cultural understanding by recruiting international social work and other professionals from around the world. From 2002 through 2011, it has placed 74 international professionals in 59 agencies in the Morgantown community. The placement is for 12 weeks, following a 2-week orientation starting in mid-August, and ends in mid-November. Program description – http://cip.wvu.edu/program_components

The next deadline for applications is March 15, 2013. Participation in the WVCIP is an inexpensive way to gain the professional development experience that will enhance one’s current work. There is limited financial assistance that may be available to reduce costs of the program. The WVCIP is unique in Morgantown, West Virginia, which is known for a university town ambiance, offering diversity through its people and many events during the year. The city has been recognized as one of America’s best smallest cities. It is conveniently close to metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and four hours by car from our nation’s capital, Washington DC.