German Delegation Promotes Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program in San Diego
Enlarge image Business Dinner, l-r, Angelika Pendzich-von-Winter, Bernd Saure, Michael and Melissa Traub, Bartholomäus Kalb, Marie Betts-Johnson, Steven Beaty, Armina Kranz and Bernd Scheelen. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) A four-member delegation from the German Parliament recently visited San Diego to promote the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program and meet with exchange students.
On Friday, May 3, the German delegation, Bartholomäus Kalb, Bernd Scheelen, Angelika Pendzich-von-Winter and translator Bernd Saure, met with representatives of leading German American companies and organizations, including CEOs Michael Traub, BOSCH BSH Home Appliances Corporation and Steven F. Beaty, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America, Marie Betts-Johnson, Director of International Affairs, San Diego World Trade Center, and Armina Kranz, Executive Director, German American San Diego Foundation, to discuss scholarship opportunities for the CBYX Young Professionals scholars who would be coming from Germany to the United States. The program found favor with all attendees, who offered their full cooperation and support.
Enlarge image Univ. of San Diego, l-r, Bernd Saure, Brigitte Heimers, Angelika Pendzich-von-Winter, Denise Dimon, Bartholomäus Kalb,Christiane Staminger and Bernd Scheelen. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles)
The next morning, the delegation visited the University of San Diego, where they introduced the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) program to Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs, and German Professors Brigitte Heimers and Christiane Staminger. The delegation asked the faculty members for their assistance in helping to identify qualified students, and in turn, referring the program to them. The IPS program gives young people the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge about German democracy with a three-month internship in the office of a Member of the Parliament, as well as additional two-month academic and cultural activities.
Enlarge image Luncheon: Group of delegation, exchange students and host parents. (© Germany.info/Los Angeles) And lastly on Saturday before heading off to San Francisco, the delegation hosted a luncheon for German exchange students and young professionals participating in the CBYX program in Southern California and Southern Nevada, as well as their American host parents. The students had a chance to mix and mingle and exchange information. The delegation also conducted separate interviews with students and host parents to get their perspectives on the program and hear about their personal experiences.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), known in Germany as the Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm (PPP) is a youth student exchange program jointly funded by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag. The program, consisting of two components - for high school students and young professionals - funds exchange programs for German and American students. The program seeks to strengthen ties between the younger generations of both countries and improve career skills through formal study and work experience as well as foster awareness of each other’s culture, society, history and politics. CBYX provides a full scholarship for an academic year experience in the host country. Established in 1983 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of German settlement of the United States, over 17,000 students have participated in the CBYX program. For more information on the program, please click here
International Parliamentary Scholarship Program (IPS)
The IPS program offers recent U.S. graduates a five-month stay in Berlin with an internship in the office of a Member of the Bundestag combined with a supplementary academic program organized by Berlin’s three major universities. The scholarship winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel. For more information on the program, please click here