Friday, October 20, 2006

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

Don't want to go to Redmond? How about Germany?

Dear Colleague,

I would like to remind you that the deadline for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is approaching on December 1st. This federally funded scholarship to Germany is a unique opportunity for students and young professionals between the ages of 18-24 to work and study in a foreign country. The one-year cultural exchange is designed to give 75 Americans an understanding and knowledge of everyday life in Germany by living with a host family, studying at a German university, and working in a German company or organization.

Funded by the US Congress and German Parliament (Bundestag), the program is administered by CDS International, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting work- and study-abroad opportunities for students and young professionals. The program is designed primarily for those in business, technical, vocational and agricultural fields, although applicants in all fields are encouraged to apply. Strong interest in German and international affairs is essential, although German language skills are not required to apply.

The program has three components: a two-month intensive German language course in Germany; four-month study at a German university or professional school; and a five-month internship with a German company or organization in the participant's target field. For the duration of the program, participants live with German host families or in shared-apartment situations.

Program Duration: 1 year, beginning in late July 2007 and ending in mid-July 2008

Scholarship Includes: International airfare; schooling fees; orientation, mid-year and final seminars; insurance; partial local transportation; and host family stipends. Participants must provide their own spending money throughout the year.

Application Deadline is December 1st, 2006. Applications can be completed online, are available for download, or can be requested by mail. Apply today at or request an application by emailing

Requirements: Each participant must be a US citizen or permanent resident between 18 and 24 years old at the start of the program in July 2007; must have a high school diploma, clear career goals and related work experience; and must possess flexibility, diplomacy, and a strong sense of American identity. German language skills are not required to apply!

Fields: Program is targeted to students in business, technical, vocational and agricultural fields, though students from all fields are encouraged to apply.

Please inform eligible candidates of this unique exchange opportunity. If you require promotional materials, or have any questions about the program, please contact:

Will Maier, Assistant Program Officer
Gabrielle White, Program Assistant

CBYX for Young Professionals
CDS International, Inc.
871 United Nations Plaza, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017-1814
Phone: (212) 497-3522
Fax: (212) 497-3535