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Young Professional Returns to the U. S. from Yearlong Exchange to Germany
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008

Ryan Henrich, a native of Mason, Texas will be returning home on July 17th after spending a year in Germany with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). The CBYX program is a government-sponsored study-abroad and work-abroad scholarship for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 24, administered by CDS International, a nonprofit organization based in New York. The CBYX program is celebrating its historic 25th program year in 2008-2009, and has provided over 1,300 Americans with this unique opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany since 1984.

Ryan is part of a group of 75 Americans that departed in Germany from Washington, DC last July. He began his year abroad with two months of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg Center in Radolfzell, then studied for a semester at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. His year finished with a five-month internship with Wahlkreisbüro Thomas Oppermann as well as on at Stadt Göttigen, Referat des Bürgermeisters in Göttingen. Participants of the 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.

Please feel free to contact cbyx@cdsintl.org for more information on the CBYX program, or for PHOTOS of Mr. Henrich in Germany for any articles that may be published.

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 Fullbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, as well as the German Bundestag [parliament]. Program funding provides for international airfare, orientation, seminars, insurance, partial local transportation, and host family stipends.

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 a clear career goals and some experience in their professional fields prior applying. German language ability is not required apply, but is recommended. Participants interested in applying can find out more visiting www.cdsintl.org/cbyx.

At the same time as young professionals like Ryan travel to Germany, 75 German young professionals come to live in various places throughout the United States to experience a year including study at a local college, an internship with an American company, and life with an American host family. For information on hosting German CBYX participant in your home, company, or college, please contact CDS International at cbyx@cdsintl.org or 212-497-3522.

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