Bierwirth returns after a year in Germany
Published: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Victoria Bierwirth of Custer returned to the U.S July 17 after having spent a year in Germany as a participant of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX).
Bierwirth is affiliated with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where she studied geological engineering. She took part in the 29th year of the CBYX program, which has provided over 1,700 Americans with this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical and practical work experience in Germany since 1984. Bierwirth was selected as one of 75 participants nationwide for this competitive government-sponsored fellowship for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 24.
Bierwirth was part of a group of 75 Americans who departed for Germany from Washington, D.C., in July 2012. She began her year abroad with two months of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg Centrum in Saarbruecken, then studied for a semester at the Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg. Her year finished with a five-month internship with Beak Consultants GmbH in Freiberg.
Participants of the CBYX program complete internships in a variety of fields according to their professional aspirations and previous academic and work experience. Participants also have the opportunity to live with a German host and learn about daily life from a German perspective.
The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, vocational, engineering, technical and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Participants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and some experience in their professional fields prior to applying. German language ability is not required to apply, but is recommended. Participants interested in applying may find out more by visiting CBYX.info.
The CBYX program is financially supported by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, as well as the German Bundestag (parliament). The program funds participants’ international airfare, housing, seminars, insurance and monthly stipends. CBYX for Young Professionals is administered by Cultural Vistas and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, non-profit organizations based in New York and Bonn, respectively.
At the same time as young professionals like Bierwirth travel to Germany, 75 German young professionals come to live in various communities throughout the United States to experience a year in the U.S. including study at a local college, an internship with an American company and life with an American host family.
For information on hosting a German CBYX participant in your home, company or college visit cbyx.info/host or contact Cultural Vistas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-497-3522.
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