Published on Thursday April 14, 2011
B.S. student Farrah Moldover has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Farrah is the second MSE student to receive this fellowship, with B.S./M.S. alumnus David Steinmetz receiving the award in 2007.
Farrah was selected as one of 75 participants (among a pool of over 500 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, over 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Farrah will be participating in the 28th year of the CBYX program (2011-2012).
While in Germany on CBYX, Farrah will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in her career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives. This will be Farrah's second summer in Germany. Last summer, she was an exchange student at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament [Bundestag], the CBYX program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act. Participants come from nearly every career field, and from all over the United States.
The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, vocational, and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and experience in their professional fields. German language ability is not required, but is strongly recommended. CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. German participants study at US colleges in the fall and work at local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host throughout the year.