Cultural Vistas Blog

Insider Tips for Interning in Hong Kong from our Cultural Vistas Fellows

Fourteen American undergraduates, many of whom have never been abroad, stepped outside their comfort zone in order to pursue summer internships overseas as part of the Cultural Vistas Fellowship in 2018. Fellows interned in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and for the first time as part of this flagship program: Hong Kong.

During their eight weeks abroad, Jay’Len, Donovan, Amanda, and Nora gained confidence and newfound professional skills while interning at organizations ranging from Mission for Migrant Workers to Run Our City.

They also learned what it takes to adjust to and navigate life in a new city.  Here are some tips tricks of the trade they learned during their Cultural Vistas Fellowship.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship Hong Kong
Donovan, Amanda, Nora and Jay’Len are the inaugural Cultural Vistas Fellows in Hong Kong

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Meet Bruce Marsh, Cultural Vistas’ Inaugural Alumni Impact Award Recipient

In more than a half century of our work, we’ve heard countless success stories from American and international alumni. Those who have taken part in our exchange programs have gone on to successfully leverage their newly-honed skills to pursue careers in everything from architecture and vertical farming to resettling refugees.

For some, sharing the impact of their experiences has become a personal crusade. These special individuals help ensure the sustainability of our work.

CBYX alumnus Bruce Marsh
Cultural Vistas Alumni Impact award honoree Bruce Marsh

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Exchange Alumni Networks Make the Impossible Possible

Less than an hour after their flights landed, our 2018 class of Cultural Vistas Fellows returning from summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Hong Kong were met with a welcome reception at Cultural Vistas’ NYC headquarters on August 8.

The returning fellows and assembled guests were treated to an engaging discussion on how to take full advantage of the opportunities and connections now available to them through Cultural Vistas Alumni Network.

Our esteemed panelists revealed the vast and sometimes unexpected benefits of staying engaged as alumni.

Fresh off flights from Hong Kong and Argentina, these 2018 Cultural Vistas Fellows were all smiles.

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An Internship To Help Save Endangered Languages

It’s common to hear about species becoming extinct or endangered. You’ve probably Advocacy organizations protecting nature frequently appear on television promoting their cause. But how often do you hear about the endangered languages?

It is estimated that one language goes extinct every three months. The problem of language preservation is very urgent.

That is a focus of PanLex, the nonprofit organization where I’m interning this summer as part of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program.

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Alina poses at her desk at PanLex, where where she’s responsible for adding new translations into their database.

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Fellowship Alumnus Helps Grow the Future of Agriculture

Professional fellowships can be the key to advancing your career or pivoting into a different field. For Sam Schatz, the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia accomplished these things, but more importantly, it introduced him to AeroFarms, a startup that is currently shaping the future of agriculture. Immediately after returning from a year in Moscow, Sam was hired as the company’s first employee after the founders.

AeroFarms Alfa Fellowship Program Sam Schatz
Sam Schatz (center) poses with Cultural Vistas CEO Jennifer Clinton, the Alfa Fellowship Program team, and Asya, a Edmund S. Muskie Program intern who spent summer 2018 at AeroFarms

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