COUNTRY Financial Digitalab

Elevate, Create, Integrate

At the CFDigitaLab, your work will help improve our customers’ experience through mobile application development and data analysis. You’ll have endless opportunities to create new technology, elevate your skills, and integrate your classwork with real-world experience. Sound exciting? Find out more about us below.

Our Story

Built for Innovation

The DigitaLab was established by the COUNTRY Financial Information Technology Services (ITS) Department to develop and innovate digital projects, with an emphasis on mobile application development. To target our business, moving to mobile is one of the best ways to keep our business competitive and flexible. 

Designing for the Future

We want to deliver everything our customers need, whatever form that takes. Today, much of what customers want is in the form of mobile applications and the ability to do business online. We also want to establish capabilities that position us for how customers will want to interact with us in the future. We want to meet the changing needs and rising expectations of our customers by continuously innovating and building successful partnerships between academia and industry.

Our Location

Champaign, IL

Our lab is located in the Research Park of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, which connects private industry with faculty researchers and students. The park has more than 110 resident companies, including leading corporations and deep-tech startups.

COUNTRY Financial DigitaLab
2111 S. Oak St, Suite 104
Champaign, IL 61820
(309) 821-6129

Our Expertise

User Experience

Using the principle of collaborative design, we are a team of creative professionals with the common goal of solving a problem.


We aim to keep ahead of the competition by leveraging mobile application
development to improve. 

Data Analytics

More data, better tools, and new applications are creating opportunities in the insurance industry. We utilize advanced analytics to adapt in this emerging world. 

Meet Our Team


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Project Management

What They're Saying

Brad Hildestad

Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer

“The DigitaLab will help us explore new ways of working but also provide a growth opportunity for students just beginning their careers. It’s an exciting environment to experiment with our digital capabilities understand what we can do and iterate further.”

Himani Vyas

UX at the COUNTRY Financial Digitalab

“Just wanted to say thanks for an amazing 1.5 semesters though! I’m really glad I was able to get such an amazing opportunity to work with such incredible people. If it wasn’t for the Digitalab I wouldn’t feel nowhere near as confident going into my next internship; I learned so much about project development and new languages these past few months. I look forward to coming back after the summer."

Come help us raise our tech game!

Check out the benefits of a CF DigitaLab internship with COUNTRY Financial.

An internship created with you in mind

At COUNTRY Financial, our interns get the opportunity to explore a potential career path with a company that invests in their professional development. Check out what it means to be a part of our team. 


A little bit about us

We’ve been helping families plan for their financial future for over 90 years. Find out more about who we are

We’re committed to our communities

From local farmers markets to children's education initiatives, we work to support events and programs that help the neighborhoods we work in thrive.

Contact Us

Have any questions about the Digitalab? Let us know!