He Will Gain Academic and Professional Experience Through the U.S.-German Program
Columbia, Mo. (April 25, 2013) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Andrew Scheperle 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.
He is one of 75 participants selected from the more than 600 applicants in the U.S. for this annual fellowship program.
Scheperle is a dual major. He will earn bachelor of journalism degree in strategic communication and a bachelor of arts degree in German when he graduates in May. Scheperle studied abroad for six months in Bonn, Germany. He has served as a communications intern for the municipality of Jefferson City and as a legislative intern for state Rep. Mike McGhee. Scheperle is a member of the University of Missouri rowing team.
Scheperle will participate in 2013-14, which is the 30th year of the CBYX program. He 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 his career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.
CBYX was conceived of and supported by members of the United States Congress and the Bundestag, the constitutional and legislative body in Germany. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 and by the Bundestag financially support the program. Participants come from nearly every career field and from all over the U.S.
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.
Since 1984, approximately 1,650 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical and practical work experience in Germany.
CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Scheperle will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live in the U.S. during the upcoming academic year. German participants study at U.S. colleges in the fall and work at local businesses in the spring, all while living with an American host throughout the year.
Updated: July 15, 2020