Cultural Vistas Blog

Cheesy Internship Jumpstarts Career in Food Industry

It’s four in the morning. Everyone else is asleep in her small alpine town, but Taelyr Pfeiffer has been up all night drinking Nespresso and waiting to flip cheeses.

This was a common occasion for Taelyr the year she interned in Germany at an artisanal creamery through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. As an international agriculture major at Cornell University, she had other overseas farming experiences, but had always wanted to spend time in Germany, where her grandparents immigrated from. She was particularly interested in the dairy industry due to its cultural cache in the country.

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CBYX alum Taelyr Pfeiffer spends summers in Alaska fishing for Salmon

“I just really wanted to explore the culture surrounding cheese, dairy, and traditional pastoralism,” said Taelyr, who had experimented with making her own cheese in the past. “This seemed perfect opportunity to do it.”

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Study Tour Sets Scottish Alum on Path for Career in Sports Journalism

Though Jamie Braidwood can trace his interest in sports writing back to a school assignment he completed at the age of 13, the native of Dunblane, Scotland’s ambition for a career in sports journalism really took hold in 2013 when he won an essay contest rewarding him and eight fellow student journalists with a two-week study tour in the United States.

At the young age of 15, the Update America Student Journalist Exchange enabled Jamie to learn about the journalism industry, as well as to experience American culture firsthand. It also proved influential to his current career pursuits.

Jamie Braidwood, pictured on a recent trip to Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, is a 2013 alum of the Update America Student Journalist Exchange.

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Global Learning By Design: Iraqi Architect Duo Aspires to Start Own Firm After U.S. Internship

Elation. Gratitude. Pride.

These were the emotions Dalia Raad and Shams Qais, two architecture students from Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, felt when they learned they won the Bridging the Gap design studio competition and earned internships in Washington, D.C. at Gensler, a leading global architecture, design, and planning firm.

It was the culmination of four months of video conferencing, social media, early wake up calls, hard work and collaboration, which paired fourth-year architecture students from Al-Nahrain with graduate students from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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From L to R: Dalia Raad, Katelynn Ziegler-Hall, and Shams Qais at Gensler’s Washington, D.C. offices

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Baker and Two-Time Alumnus Founds Refugee Organization To Help His Neighbors

When Daniel Schöning moved to downtown Iserlohn, Germany with his wife, he never thought that he would end up founding an organization to help hundreds of refugees. But as he settled into his new home directly across from a refugee camp, over time, he got to know his neighbors.

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Daniel (left) meets the mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, as part of his trip to the United States for Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange

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5 Things I Learned from Moving to Germany for a Year

Like all good recent college grads, I was a bit lost. Should I take a risk? Build something new? Find a job? Travel the world? Weeks before graduation, these questions literally kept me up at night. Luckily, I got to answer ‘yes’ to all of them.

I never really thought I had what it took to move to another country. (You know, the really adventurous world-traveler types?) But with some encouragement from my German professor, I applied for the  Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long fellowship in Germany. And with even more encouragement from my entrepreneurship professor, I accepted the offer.

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Ben Conard poses at the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany

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