Melanie Totsikas, from Heilbronn, Germany, has recently begun a semester of study at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. She is in the United States as a participant of a year-long exchange program called the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Melanie is one of 75 German scholarship recipients who will study at a select group of 57 colleges in 30 states and complete an internship in her career field. She will also complete a community service project of her choice during the fall term. During this year-long program, she will attend seminars in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, now in its 29th year, was designed to strengthen ties between the younger generation of the United States and Germany. Founded in 1983 and annually endorsed by members of the
United States Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag), the program has enabled over 3,500 young professionals to trade countries with their counterparts to live, study and work for a year in a foreign environment. The program is financially supported by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as well as the German Bundestag. Cultural Vistas is designated to administer the program in the United States through a grant agreement with the U.S. State Department. In Germany, the program is administered by Cultural Vistas’ partner organization, GIZ GmbH, in Bonn.
Hosts for future German participants are currently being sought by the program. If you are interested in hosting, or know someone who may be, please contact Zoe Stroebel-Haft, Asso-
ciate Program Manager, at 212-497-3514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is also currently seeking qualified American applicants for the 2013-2014 program year in Germany. If you are interested and want some more information, please contact Dr. Bess Dawson, Visiting Assistant Professor of German & German Program Coordinator at Georgetown College, at email@example.com.
In addition to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Cultural Vistas also administers a variety of other internship programs. For more information on Cultural Vistas and its programs, including the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, please visit our website at: http://culturalvistas.org/.