The IBM Corporate Service Corps helps communities around the world solve critical problems while providing IBM employees unique leadership development opportunities. By sending groups of 10 – 15 individuals from different countries for community-based assignments in emerging markets, the program has helped over 140,000 people since its inception.
How it works:
The Corporate Service Corps selects top management prospects and then trains and dispatches these leaders to emerging markets around the world. Participants spend four weeks in groups of 10 to 15 to help solve economic and social problems of their selected communality. Teams work collaboratively with their government and community counterparts to understand how to implement socially responsible business practices with measurable results in a global context.
What CSC participants do:
The teams spend three months preparing for their assignments in a robust curriculum that includes education about their host countries, project problem statements, and time for team building via teleconferences and social networking websites. Participants who are not from the consulting practice also immerse themselves in consulting methodology appropriate for working in emerging markets. On location, teams work with local governments, universities, and business groups on a variety of initiatives ranging from upgrading technology for a government agency, increasing international tourism to a government funded poverty alleviation initiative, working with artisans to improving public water quality.
How do you get selected to CSC:
The Corporate Service Corps program is a competitive leadership opportunity.To apply
1. You have to be a regular employee for at least 2 years
2. You have to have a good rating for the last 2 out of 3 years of being in the company.
Detailed explanation on my friend Samantha Tolomeotti’s blog here
Why is it a privilege?