Young Professionals

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (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.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler-Stipendium)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

CBYX for Young Professionals

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

This year-long program, funded by the German Bundestag and US Congress, annually offers the opportunity for 75 young professionals ages 18-24 with a strong interest in cultural exchange to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX for Young Professionals program consists of two months of German language school (no prior German language skills required); four months of classes in the participant’s career field at a university, technical school, or professional school; and a five-month internship in the career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany.  CBYX for Young Professionals is primarily designed for business, engineering, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields may apply.  Applicants from community and technical colleges are especially encouraged to apply.

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany.

Bosch Fellows participate in an intensive German language training program (as needed), complete two customized work phases at leading German institutions in the public and private sectors, and meet with leaders across Germany and Europe while traveling on three professional seminar programs. 

Fellows are recruited from business administration, journalism, law, public policy and closely related fields. No German language skills are required at the time of application, however, a strong willingness and commitment to learn the language are essential.

The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of fostering a community of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

Length of Stay: Nine-to-twelve months, September through May

German language skills: German language fluency is not required at time of application. Intensive language training will be provided as needed before the start of the program.

Young Professionals

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Exchange Programs for Journalists

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At least six institutions and organizations offer opportunities for American journalists to work and/or study in Germany. Most of the programs do not require that you speak German in order to be eligible. Others offer German language classes to prepare you for your stay in Germany.