Luther senior Kelly Dotseth selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program

May 9, 2012

Kelly Dotseth, a Luther College senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. 

Dotseth was one of 75 participants selected out of more than 500 applicants for 2012-13.

While in Germany, Dotseth 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.

The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, agricultural and vocational fields.

CBYX for Young Professionals is a reciprocal program that provides young Americans with the opportunity to live, work and study in Germany for one year and young Germans the opportunity to live, work and study in the United States for one year.

Initiated in 1983 by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to North America, the exchange program conveys the importance of common values, mutual acceptance and lasting personal relationships to young Americans and Germans.

In the U.S., the program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. In Germany, the program is funded through the Administration of the Bundestag and administered in Germany by InWEnt: Capacity Building International.

For more information about the CBYX for Young Professionals program, visit http://www.cbyx.info/.

To view an interview with Dotseth, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ZcWwAhwbo.