U.S. Congress: Congratulations to the 2014 American Bundestag Scholars!

Aug 1, 2014

On July 31, the 2014 International Parliamentary Scholarship in the German Bundestag came to a close.

Six of the eight 2014 IPS Americans in the Paul-Löbe-Haus. Enlarge image Six of the eight 2014 IPS Americans in the Paul-Löbe-Haus. (© Nathan Crist) Over the previous five months, the 120 participants from 31 countries had the opportunity to gain an in-depth, up-close understanding of the functioning of German democracy through political seminars, visits to electoral districts, and work in the office of a Member of the Bundestag (MdB).

To honor the achievement of the eight American participants, the co-chair of the German-American Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, William Keating of Massachusetts' 9th congressional district, included an official statement in the July 29 Congressional Record.

The German Embassy Washington would like to join Rep. Keating in congratulating the 2014 #IPSAmis, and wishing them the very best for the future!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mr. KEATING. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
congratulate eight young Americans for their
outstanding performance in the German Bundestag
this summer as fellows in the prestigious
International Parliamentary Scholarship.
Nathan Crist, Gaelen Strnat, Sheila
Casserly, Cristina Burack, Betsy Crowder,
Josef Nothmann, Joe Verbovszky, and Ian van
Son have been fantastic representatives of the
United States during their last five months
working with a member of the Bundestag.
They have learned about the German system
of government and contributed to our strong
bilateral ties. This experience promises to
turbo-charge their future. IPS participants have
gone on to serve as leaders in the public and
private sectors around the world while maintaining
close ties to Germany.
This prestigious program is a demonstration
of the deep friendship the United States enjoys
with the German people. I thank the Bundestag
for hosting the fellows and I hope to
see exchanges between our two countries,
such as this one or the equally prestigious
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, continue
for many years to come.

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Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (IPS)

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.