Kinder Named Participant in CBYX Program
Andrew Kinder, a senior politics major at Occidental College, is one of 75 students chosen to participate in the 2008-09 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.
Selected from a pool of 500 applicants, Kinder -- who studied abroad last year in Vienna -- will receive intensive German-language training and classroom instruction, and work in an internship in his career field during a 12-month stay in Germany.
William Maier, assistant program officer and alumni coordinator of CBYX, called Kinder’s selection “a great accomplishment.”
“Spending a year in Germany is exactly what I had hoped to do after graduation, so I couldn't have been happier--as well as relieved--when I found out about my selection,” said Kinder, an Atlanta resident. “I'm particularly looking forward to representing America in this program.”
The program begins with two months of language training, followed by one semester (four months) at a university, and concludes with a five-month internship. During the university and internship phases of the program students live with either a host family or in shared residence with German students.
Entering its 25th year, the CBYX program is made possible due to the ongoing support of the United States Congress and the German Bundestag. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 at the start of the program, and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, agricultural, and vocational fields, though candidates in all fields are encouraged to apply. For more information, go to www.cdsintl.org/cbyx. The deadline to apply for the 2009-2010 program is Dec. 1, 2008.