Peter Coyne, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, is one of 75 Americans selected to study and work in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals program – now in its 38th year.
The 2021-22 CBYX Young Professionals cohort departs for Germany today, July 31, and returns in June 2022. Participants come from a wide variety of career fields and from all over the United States. This year, about 450 young professionals vied for a spot in this prestigious program.
CBYX is a joint program of the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag (Parliament). Cultural Vistas administers the CBYX Young Professionals program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
While in Germany, Coyne will attend a two-month intensive language course, and after that he will study at a German university and complete an internship in government/international relations. Participants are placed with host families throughout Germany, where they act as citizen ambassadors of the U.S., promoting a positive image abroad and creating lifelong friendships and professional connections to keep German-American relations strong.
Participants must be U.S. citizens age 18.5 to 24 and have clear career goals and prior experience in their chosen field. Young leaders from all career fields are encouraged to apply. German language ability is not required. CBYX also has opportunities for high school students and those interested in vocational training. More information on these opportunities can be found at exchanges.state.gov/cbyx.
CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While Americans like Coyne spend the year living in Germany, 75 young German professionals will spend the year experiencing life in the U.S. German participants study at U.S. colleges and work at local businesses while living with an American host. CBYX is seeking interested host families, companies and colleges who would like to participate in this cultural exchange. Interested parties should visit cbyx.info/host.