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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany.

The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant’s career field.

The CBYX for Young Professionals program is intended primarily for young adults in business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields are encouraged to apply.

Participants actively participate in securing their internship positions with assistance from our partner organization in Germany, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and are expected to cover incidental expenses as well as represent the United States diplomatically while abroad.

Program Benefits

Full-year scholarship including round-trip transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, and program-related travel costs in Germany
Two-months German language training in Germany
Four months of study at a German university or university of applied sciences
Five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment
Accommodation in a German home or student residence
Orientation, midyear, and final evaluation seminars
In-country support throughout the program
Health and accident insurance
Candidates for CBYX must meet the following eligibility requirements:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident
18-24 years old at the beginning of the program
Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent
Completed general coursework in target internship field at a community college, college, or university
Completed some relevant work experience (short-term, volunteer, or internship) in target internship field
Previous knowledge of the German language is preferred, but is not required
Ideal candidates have clear career goals, good communication skills, and exhibit flexibility and diplomacy
Please note that previous Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for High School Students or Vocationalists may not apply.

Application Deadline
December 1, 2012 for the 2013–2014 program year.

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