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Cultural Vistas Announces the 37th Class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows

NEW YORK — Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce the 13 emerging leaders of the 37th class of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

The latest cohort of Fellows have backgrounds in the fields of law, government, international security, urban and regional planning, cultural management, and the NGO sector, among others. Upon arriving in Germany, they will join a prestigious group of more than 600 young Americans who have completed the transatlantic journey as Bosch Fellows since the inaugural program in the summer of 1984. This 37th class also marks the final year of the Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany—which is committed to enhancing transatlantic relations in an effort to help create joint solutions to global problems.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program structure has been altered to a nine-month model, starting on October 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021. After two months of intensive private language tutoring in their hometowns, the Fellows will take group language classes in Berlin in October. The Fellows will then participate in a series of three professional seminars beginning in December and complete one or two high-level practical assignments at leading German institutions starting in January 2021.

Each seminar will last 3 to 5 days and is designed to expose the fellows to an array of German and transatlantic issues, as well as enhance their leadership development. During the professional assignments, Fellows will work directly in their field of expertise alongside key decision-makers from Germany’s public and private sectors.

Introducing the 37th Class of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, including:

Natalia Aguirre
Annandale, Virginia

Education: MPA, University of Southern California; BA in International Affairs, The George Washington University
Professional Experience: Director of Family Justice Center Alliance, Alliance of HOPE International; Director of Polyvictimization Initiative, Alliance of HOPE International
Fellowship Field: Public Policy
Fellowship Focus: Public Policy and Administration

Andrew Beeler
Nashville, Tennessee

Education: JD, American University; BA in Government and German Studies, Centre College
Professional Experience: Legislative Attorney, Tennessee General Assembly; Legal Research Specialist, Bloomberg BNA
Fellowship Field: Law
Fellowship Focus: Comparative Law

Elizabeth Bieber
Brooklyn, New York

Education: MA in Urban Planning (Housing Design), University of California at Los Angeles; BA in Anthropology, Smith College
Professional Experience: Director of Special Projects, NYS Homes and Community Renewal; Housing Fellow, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development and NYC Housing Development Corp.
Fellowship Field: Urban Planning
Fellowship Focus: Urban Planning and Housing Policy

Peter Bird
Nashville, Tennessee

Education: Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver; BA in Linguistics, Brigham Young University
Professional Experience: Active Transportation Planner, Metro Nashville Planning Department; Planning and Policy Manager, BikeDenver
Fellowship Field: Urban Planning
Fellowship Focus: Urban Planning and Transportation Policy

 

Colin Brush
Washington, District of Columbia

Education: Master of Music in Opera, University of Maryland; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance, Carnegie Mellon University
Professional Experience: Artistic Administrator, Washington National Opera, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Aptitude Consultant, Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation
Fellowship Field: Arts Administration
Fellowship Focus: Arts Administration and Social Impact

Brittany Ford
Toledo, Ohio

Education: MA in International Educational Development, Columbia University; BA in Political Science and History, Eastern Michigan University
Professional Experience: Co-Lead, Vibrant Ohio & Welcome Toledo-Lucas County; Policy and Program Analyst, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development
Fellowship Field: Public Policy
Fellowship Focus: Migration and Integration

Melissa Hanlon
Arlington, Virginia

Education: MA in Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University; BA in International Politics, The Pennsylvania State University
Professional Experience: Deputy Director for North and West Europe, U.S. Department of Defense; Country Director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, U.S. Department of Defense
Fellowship Field: International Security
Fellowship Focus: Regional Security Policy

Lyle Leitelt
Alexandria, Virginia

Education: Master of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina; BA in Geography and Political Science, The George Washington University
Professional Experience: Community Planner Lead, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; Transportation Planner, AECOM
Fellowship Field: Urban Planning
Fellowship Focus: Urban Planning and Transportation Policy

Oksana Mironova
New York, New York

Education: Master of Urban Planning, Hunter College, City University of New York; BA in Liberal Arts, The New School
Professional Experience: Housing Policy Analyst, Community Service Society of New York; Development Writing Manager, Enterprise Community Partners
Fellowship Field: Public Policy
Fellowship Focus: Public Policy and Urban Planning

Deeneaus Polk
Pascagoula, Mississippi

Education: MPP, Harvard University; BA in International Studies, German, University of Mississippi
Professional Experience: Founding Director, Mississippi Apprenticeship Program; Policy Analyst, Mississippi Economic Policy Center
Fellowship Field: Public Policy
Fellowship Focus: Workforce Development

Wendy Serrano
Portland, Oregon

Education: MBA in Organizational Strategy, George Fox University; BS in Communication Studies, Portland State University
Professional Experience: Senior Coordinator for Community Engagement, TriMet; Field Representative, Office of US Representative Earl Blumenauer
Fellowship Field: Public Policy
Fellowship Focus: Public Policy and Administration

Kerensa Wood
Brooklyn, New York

Education: MS in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation, Columbia University; BA in Art History, Rutgers University
Professional Experience: Planning Team Leader, NYC Department of City Planning; Policy Fellow, New York City Council
Fellowship Field: Urban Planning
Fellowship Focus: Urban Planning and Policy

Lessons for Times of Uncertainty: Cultural Vistas Program Alumnus Shares Learnings from International Exchange Participation

Kaylon J. Paterson (third from left) lived in Germany as part of the 34th Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship program.

Less than a year ago, the world was struck by a pandemic that would proceed to change our everyday lives for the long term. Coronavirus has thrown everything off course; from cancelled international exchange programs to hiring freezes, not to mention the devastation to global health and security. This has had the effect of casting widespread uncertainty, especially for the younger generations just getting their footing in the professional world.

I decided to write this article after meeting some of the participants of the 36th class of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange fellowship (CBYX) while serving as a mentor at Cultural Vistas’ Future of Work #DayofMentorship Virtual Event. The event was aimed at participants who were recently displaced during their time abroad or had their opportunities to go abroad postponed as a result of the pandemic. Though their circumstance was unique, it resonated with the feelings of uncertainty I had experienced upon returning to the United States in 2018 after my year in Breman, Germany.

Anxiety about the expectations of friends and family, knowledge that the post undergrad journey was incomplete and feelings of general uncertainty about the future, all sounded too familiar. I immediately felt compelled to discuss some of the lessons I learned during my time abroad which helped me to navigate through that period of uncertainty following my time overseas and forge my path toward being a professional engineer.

Explore Local

One of the first lessons I learned during my exchange year was to take advantage of my downtime and the opportunities around me. During my time in Germany, there were a number of opportunities to explore Europe. Despite this, I found that the most fun memories I held on to were of the time spent with my peers, both CBYX participants and classmates from the Hochschule, exploring nearby cities and attending local events. From a music themed Flohmarkt (flea market) to Wattwanderung (mudflat hiking), there was so much going on in Bremen alone that I could never have done it all. Similarly, in times like these, where travel may be restricted, I find it rewarding to explore my own city; whether it be the local national parks or driving a little further to expand take-out options for dinner.

Wattwanderung in Cuxhaven, Germany

Take Advantage of Downtime

I also used a lot of my down time in Germany to plan the next steps on my career path and develop skills needed to achieve my goals. Now during quarantine, I find myself using my down time to build teams with friends to tackle new ideas and projects. Even using resources such as LinkedIn and Zoom, I’ve met a number of new people with similar interests who I can interact with to learn and even just network.
More than anything, COVID-19 has given us a lot of downtime by cutting out our commutes and removing us from stressful work and school environments which can hinder creativity and introspective thought. Use this time to learn and develop your ideas and network as best as you can using social and professional resources.

Networking

This brings me to another important lesson, networking. One of the main benefits of participating in an international exchange program is expanding one’s network. While in Bremen, I made it a point to connect with classmates, coworkers and people I met at various events. Though we had the obvious commonality of all being aerospace engineers, the lasting relationships I made often came from unlikely connections. Extracurricular interests such as playing the guitar, a love of nature and exploration and an overall enjoyment of sci-fi movies and TV shows all played a part in developing the friendships I still hold dearly to this day.

In fact, upon hearing of Chadwick Boseman’s passing, one of my friends from Germany texted me to reminisce about the time we went to see Black Panther in theaters. The ability to find common ground with new people will allow you to make connections, professionally and personally, even during this time when all we have is the internet.

The author enjoys one of many Sunday jam sessions with Chris & Sebi

Resilience

Finally, the biggest lesson that anyone should take from this is; be resilient. Resilience is key in any phase of life. Life happens, plans change and people grow, but disruptions don’t have to stop you from being the best version of yourself. When I left Germany at the end of my fellowship, I didn’t have a school to go back to and I was too independent to stay long term with my parents.

The next two years were a rollercoaster of travel across the United States, job hunting, working in a state I’d never even visited and finally starting a grad school program on the other side of the country. Despite all this, I couldn’t allow myself to dwell on inconsistency for too long or I’d miss out on good opportunities and even greater memories.

So, if you find yourself discouraged during this time, unsure what tomorrow will bring or just frustrated with how things are going for you right now, that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with being scared or uncertain about the future but never let that cripple you. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. Take a step back, catch your breath, assess the situation and in the words of Walt Disney, “keep moving forward.”

About the Author

Kaylon J. Paterson is an Alumni of both the 2016 cohort of STEM LAUNCH study tour and the 34th Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship program. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master of Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He currently works as an Engineer at the United States Department of Defense. He has previously contributed the article, To the Discouraged: Studying Abroad Will Change Your Life to the Cultural Vistas Blog.

Apply now to Experience Russia on the 2021-22 Alfa Fellowship Program Year!

Fellows in front of the Saint Petersburg Mosque

The Alfa Fellowship Program and Cultural Vistas invite young American, British, and German professionals to apply for the 2021-2022 program year in Russia by December 1.

Since 2004, the Alfa Fellowship Program has provided over 200 emerging leaders from the U.S., U.K., and Germany with the opportunity to gain professional experience in business, media, law, policy, arts/cultural management, and other related areas through an 11-month, fully funded fellowship in Moscow.

The program begins with language training in the fellow’s home country, followed by a group language course in Moscow starting in mid-June. Throughout the summer, Alfa fellows attend a seminar program to gain an in-depth look at contemporary Russia and to discuss current affairs there. Fellows then complete work placements at prominent organizations in Russia, including private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations.

Program Benefits:

  • Gain high-level professional development experience in Russia at private companies, law firms, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations
  • Immerse in contemporary Moscow and experience everyday life in this vibrant capital city
  • Travel to three regions in Russia and to a neighboring country through program organized trips
  • Learn from experts through the Moscow seminar series and lectures at the Higher School of Economics
  • Receive a $2500 monthly stipend, private accommodation in the center of Moscow, , all program-related travel costs including round-trip travel to Russia, and insurance coverage
  • Strengthen Russian language skills through private tutoring prior to departure and group language classes upon arrival in Moscow
  • Connect with alumni around the world through the Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association and Cultural Vistas Alumni Network

Learn more about the fellows’ experience on the Alfa Fellowship Program

Qualifications:                                                                                                                     

  • U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, arts/cultural management or a related field
  • Graduate degree in desired professional area preferred
  • Outstanding professional achievements and academic qualifications
  • Professional connection to Russia and/or the region
  • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. Applicants proficient in another foreign language may be considered

Required Documents:

  • Application form
  • Current resume/CV in English (U.S. or European style)
  • Personal statement
  • Russian writing sample
  • Official university transcripts from most recent/in progress degree
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application deadline: December 1, 2020.

For further information and to access the online application, please visit culturalvistas.org/alfa

OJSC Alfa-Bank is incorporated, focused and based in Russia, and is not affiliated with U.S.-based Alfa Insurance.

Doing Business, Doing Development: Edmund S. Muskie Intern Discusses Summer Internship at the World Bank

The World Bank Group estimates that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty. The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, and its impact on the developing world lays bare the urgent need to eliminate global poverty through sustainable development.

Rinat Kapev, a 2020 Edmund S. Muskie Intern from Russia, spent his summer interning with the World Bank, helping the organization achieve its goals of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

In this Q&A, Rinat tells us about his summer internship and his passion for international development.

Tell us about your academic background and expertise.

My academic path has been unique – full of international experiences, challenges, losses, and victories. While earning my undergraduate degree at the Russian Presidential Academy, I served as the president of my university’s Student Scientific Society and spent two semesters in Hungary and Slovakia, and completed a summer internship in Hungary, Slovakia, and Germany. Additionally, I participated in a variety of training courses in many other countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

I completed a MS in economics at the Russian Presidential Academy as well, graduating with honors. I recently finished my studies at North Carolina State University, where I received a master’s in international studies. As part of the program, I attended Duke University for three semesters and received certificates in leadership development and cross-cultural competence.

I have always been interested in international relations and development. My passion for international development stems from the desire to promote well-being for all people in the world. When I was considering my potential career path, I knew that working in international relations can help me achieve my goals and utilize my education and skills to make the world a better place.

What contributed to your interest in interning with the World Bank specifically?

I had previous experience working in research, trade, and consulting, and I have been always interested in international relations and development. The World Bank is a well-known intergovernmental organization that has life-changing international development projects in more than 170 countries. Without a doubt, it is the best place for people who are passionate about international development. I thought that an internship at the World Bank would give me a unique chance to be a part of a team that helps millions and changes the world.

Share some of the highlights from your internship experience. Are there any exciting projects you worked on or any interesting things you learned?

I worked with the Doing Business Unit. The Doing Business Unit provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies. The team collects and analyses comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies.  

Within the Doing Business Unit, I worked on the Getting Electricity team. The Getting Electricity team analyzes and benchmarks the electricity sector in 190 countries. The team I was on encourages countries to compete towards more efficient electricity regulations; reforms to streamline the electricity acquisition process; reliable electricity supply; and serves as a resource for everyone interested in the electricity sector of different countries.

Although Rinat was based near the World Bank Group’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., he worked from his home office, pictured here.

Even though I was only an intern, I carried out the full responsibilities and tasks of an analyst. The work was challenging but very interesting. I conducted interviews with government officials and relevant local private sector experts to gather the data my team needed to analyze and compare different countries’ electricity sectors.

By the end of the internship, I had analyzed more than 30 countries and conducted over 50 interviews with government officials and private sector development experts on the electricity acquisition process to evaluate criteria that inform countries’ business and investment climate. To evaluate the criteria, the Getting Electricity team uses a specific methodology and codes collected data in advanced data management applications. We assign scores based on different criteria such as reliability of the electricity supply, transparency of tariffs, price, et cetera. By coming up with an overall score it is easier to benchmark the sector, identify weak points, and propose solutions.

Before each interview, I had to learn about a country’s electricity sector and relevant regulations to keep up with the conversation and ask effective questions. Through this experience I also learned how to diplomatically communicate with foreign governments. By the end of my internship, I had prepared 27 high-level government responses to data updates and data challenges.

Lastly, I produced research write-ups on relevant policy issues, including COVID-19’s impact on the electricity infrastructure sector. I never dealt with the energy sector prior to joining the World Bank, so imagine how much I learned!

How did you adjust to a remote internship? Do you have any tips for getting the most out of the experience?

Working remotely is challenging, especially when starting a new position. However, my team helped me a lot. They organized virtual happy hours, virtual coffees, daily check-ins with other team members, weekly team meetings, and constant communication – all this contributed to building connections and productive work. Despite completing my internship remotely, I managed to embrace the culture of the organization and feel that I was a part of a team. I was even offered a position as an analyst at the end of my internship!

One useful tip that I can give remote interns is to always share your expectations, motivations, and goals with your team and supervisor. If you want more opportunities and you want to continue working with the organization after your internship, tell that to your supervisor. That is what I did. In fact, it is why my team leader assigned to me the full responsibilities of an analyst – because I let everybody know that I was interested in doing a full job and that my interest was to get the most out of the experience and contribute as much as possible.

How will you apply what you have gained from the Muskie Program and your time in the U.S. going forward?

I want to continue working with international organizations and contribute to global development. My Fulbright experience helped me receive an advanced degree and knowledge in international relations, and the Muskie Program allowed me to implement this knowledge in practice.

I have accepted a job offer with the United Nations. I will join the Food and Agriculture Organization’s mission in Europe and Central Asia. My Muskie Internship with the World Bank enhanced my analytical skills and knowledge of business regulations throughout the world. It also introduced me to the complicated global development system and granted access to the network of relevant international relations practitioners. Furthermore, the internship has significantly improved my intercultural skills. I believe this set of improved and gained skills and knowledge will help me effectively contribute to the development of my region.

Meet Our 37th Cohort of the CBYX for Young Professionals Program

It is our pleasure to announce the newest cohort of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals program!

Seventy-five young professionals from the United States chosen from 450 applicants will begin a program of intensive language studies, homestay, internship and university study in Germany starting January 2021. We will also provide our Fellows with online language instruction through the Goethe-Institut prior to departure for Germany.

CBYX normally runs for 11 months but has been shortened for this cohort. We are especially proud of the resilience and flexibility of our selected Fellows to accept the current program modifications.

The 2020-2021 cohort was chosen from excellent candidates in 27 states and 2 U.S. territories. This year, the most scholarship recipients hail from the states of California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. Participant career goals include bioinformatics, event management, urban planning, accounting, computer engineering, and furniture design.

Celebrating its 37th anniversary as a joint program of the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, the CBYX for Young Professionals program provides 75 American and 75 German young leaders the opportunity to spend up to a year in each other’s countries studying, interning, and living with host families. The fellowship is open to candidates in all career fields between the ages of 18 and 24 who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange. CBYX also offers opportunities for high school students and individuals interested in vocational training.

Cultural Vistas administers the CBYX for Young Professionals program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For additional information about CBYX please visit cbyx.info.

If you have any questions about our cohort or the CBYX for Young Professionals program, please contact Rachael Agnello, the CBYX Program Officer, at 212-497-3555 or ragnello@culturalvistas.org.

Our cohort at a glance:
55.4% of Fellows come from public universities
51.4% of Fellows are humanities majors
40.5% of Fellows are STEM majors
12.2% of Fellows are in the trades or are business majors
55.4% of Fellows identify as female
44.6% of Fellows identify as male
14 educational institutions have more than one student or alum represented in the cohort

Meet our 37th Cohort below.

Alabama

Alexander Allan Most Recent Educational Institution: Auburn University

Area of Study: Economics

Professional Field: Economics

Alex Allan recently graduated from Auburn University with a BS in economics and a minor in German.  He intends to pursue an internship for a German firm and work on improving his German fluency.  In the future he hopes to work in international business.
Benjamin Patty Most Recent Educational Institution: Auburn University

Area of Study: Supply Chain Management

Professional Field: Supply Chain & Logistics

 

American Samoa

Malaetele Lefiti Most Recent Educational Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Area of Study: Biology

Professional Field: Public Health

Arizona 

Michelle Ailport Most Recent Educational Institution: Arizona State University

Area of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication

Professional Field: Journalism and Mass Communication

Nicholas Tran Most Recent Educational Institution: Prima Community College

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Political Economy and Business

California 

Audrey Booth Most Recent Educational Institution: American River College

Area of Study: English Communications and Literature

Professional Field: Acting and Film Production

Jessica Chen Most Recent Educational Institution: Duke University

Area of Study: Art History and Public Policy

Professional Field: Arts

Amanda Chow Most Recent Educational Institution: Brown University

Area of Study: Applied Mathematics and Economics

Professional Field: Economics

Maya Marrero English Most Recent Educational Institution: Oberlin College

Area of Study: Economics

Professional Field: International Finance and Development

Shannon Pierson Most Recent Educational Institution: University of Washington

Area of Study: International Studies

Professional Field: Think Tanks

Samuel Shain Most Recent Educational Institution: NC State University

Area of Study: International Studies and Global Sustainability

Professional Field: Entrepreneurship, Stewardship, and Strategic Partnerships

Sophia Silane Most Recent Educational Institution: Pitzer College

Area of Study: Studio Arts and Art History

Professional Field: Arts

Katherine Van Kirk Most Recent Educational Institution: Palomar College

Area of Study: Biology and Computer Science

Professional Field: Bioinformatics

Connecticut 

Patrick Kornegay Most Recent Educational Institution: University of Connecticut

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Public Policy

Elizabeth Warner Most Recent Education Institution: The University of Texas at Austin

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Public Policy and International Relations

Florida

Jamauri Bryan Most Recent Education Institution: University of Florida

Area of Study: Family, Youth, & Community Sciences

Professional Field: Student Services

Gillian Daley Most Recent Education Institution: Florida International University

Area of Study: International Relations

Professional Field: Transatlantic think tank

Parmiss Khosravi Most Recent Education Institution: Georgia Tech

Area of Study: Materials Science & Engineering

Professional Field: Materials Science & Engineering

Abigail Megginson Most Recent Education Institution: University of West Florida

Area of Study: Journalism and Political Science

Professional Field: Political Science Journalism

Georgia

Irene Cho Most Recent Education Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Field: Automotive Industry

Colin Murphy Most Recent Education Institution: Tufts University

Area of Study: Computer Science and German Studies

Professional Field: Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Daniela Ruiz Most Recent Education Institution: Northwestern University

Area of Study: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Professional Field: Biotechnology and Public Health

Kaiwen Wang Most Recent Education Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Field: Mechanical Engineering

Illinois

Zane Creek Most Recent Education Institution: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Area of Study: Business Studies

Professional Field: Business in Music

Anastasia Kallish Most Recent Education Institution: College of DuPage

Area of Study: International Relations

Professional Field: International Relations

Indiana 

Hannah Benchik Most Recent Education Institution: Saint Mary’s College

Area of Study: Business Administration

Professional Field: International Business

Kansas

Gabriel Dorsey Most Recent Education Institution: University of Kansas

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Government and Public Administration

Natalie Miller Most Recent Education Institution: Fort Hays State University

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Political Science

Kentucky

Shelby Browning Most Recent Education Institution: University of Kentucky

Area of Study: Chemical Engineering

Professional Field: Sustainable and Environmental Engineering

Maryland

Trevonn Gyles Most Recent Education Institution: Morehouse College

Area of Study: Biology

Professional Field: Neuroscience

Hannah Lane Most Recent Education Institution: Goucher College

Area of Study: History

Professional Field: Academic Library

Massachusetts

Jesse Girrell Most Recent Education Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Area of Study: Psychology

Professional Field: Education

Michigan

Ruth Selipsky Most Recent Education Institution: University of Chicago

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Politics, Journalism or Marketing

Minnesota

Luke Westawke Most Recent Education Institution: Carleton College

Area of Study: Chemistry and German

Professional Field: Chemical Research

Missouri

Melody Hollar Most Recent Education Institution: University of Montana

Area of Study: Ecosystem Sciences and Restoration

Professional Field: Sustainable Public Policy

Montana

Jason Koehn Most Recent Education Institution: American University

Area of Study: International Relations

Professional Field: International Development

Nebraska

Gerald Fraas Most Recent Education Institution: University of Alabama

Area of Study: Political Science

Professional Field: Consulting

Patrick Hodson Most Recent Education Institution: University of Nebrasks at Omaha

Area of Study: Business Administration

Professional Field: Accounting

Kathy Nguyen Most Recent Education Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Area of Study: Communications

Professional Field: Marketing

Corinne Peterson Most Recent Education Institution: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Area of Study: Modern Language Studies and Psychology

Professional Field: Cultural Affairs

Michael Thompson Most Recent Education Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Area of Study: Sustainability

Professional Field: Sustainability

New Jersey

Rachel Rizzo Most Recent Education Institution: University of South Carolina

Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Field: Engineering

Jonah Salzman-Cohen Most Recent Education Institution: University of Vermont

Area of Study: Forestry

Professional Field: Forestry

New York 

William Avis Most Recent Education Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology

Area of Study: Industrial Design

Professional Field: Furniture Design

Alberta Eshenour Most Recent Education Institution: State University of New York at Geneseo

Area of Study: International Relations

Professional Field: Public Policy

Lukas Griffin Most Recent Education Institution: Oberlin College

Area of Study: Computer Science

Professional Field: Computer Science

Sumin Lee-Jeong Most Recent Education Institution: Columbia University

Area of Study: English and Comparative Literature

Professional Field: Theatre and Arts Administration

Zoe Shannon Most Recent Education Institution: Binghamton University

Area of Study: History and Middle East & North African Studies

Professional Field: Refugee Resettlement

Ryan Strick Most Recent Education Institution: Binghamton University

Area of Study: Urban and Regional Planning

Professional Field: City/Regional Planning

Samantha Velez Most Recent Education Institution: Fashion Institute of Technology

Area of Study: International Trade and Marketing

Professional Field: Supply Chain

North Carolina 

Peyton Carrington Most Recent Education Institution: High Point University

Area of Study: Communications and Event Management

Professional Field: Event Management

Brooke Conrad Most Recent Education Institution: Hillsdale College

Area of Study: Englsih

Professional Field: Journalism

Quinton Moore Most Recent Education Institution: North Carolina State University

Area of Study: Communications

Professional Field: Film and Video Production

Pennsylvania 

Elizabeth Czerpak Most Recent Education Institution: Drexel University

Area of Study: Culinary Science

Professional Field: Hospitality

Joseph Desmone Most Recent Education Institution: American University

Area of Study: International Studies

Professional Field: Politics

Andrew Halza Most Recent Education Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Area of Study: Biology

Professional Field: Biomedical Research

Juliana Landis Most Recent Education Institution: University of Vermont

Area of Study: Environmental Science

Professional Field: Environmental Science

William Summer Most Recent Education Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Area of Study: Computer Engineering

Professional Field: Computer Engineering

Puerto Rico 

Gabriel Negrón Most Recent Education Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Area of Study: Economics

Professional Field: Economics

South Carolina

Roberta Lancaster Most Recent Education Institution: Culinary Institute of America

Area of Study: Food Business Administration

Professional Field: Culinary Arts

Matthew Martin Most Recent Education Institution: Furman University

Area of Study: Chemistry

Professional Field: Science Policy

Piper Powell Most Recent Education Institution: Furman University

Area of Study: Psychology and German Studies

Professional Field: Neuroscience

Robert Spencer Most Recent Education Institution: University of South Carolina – Columbia

Area of Study: Political Science and German

Professional Field: Politics

South Dakota

Jessie Allcock Most Recent Education Institution: Elmhurst Collge

Area of Study: Biology

Professional Field: Dentistry

Texas

Caroline Bik Most Recent Education Institution: The University of Texas at Austin

Area of Study: Aerospace Engineering

Professional Field: Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Hitscherich Most Recent Education Institution: Texas A&M University

Area of Study: Business and Fincance

Professional Field: Business Consulting

Karolyn Newton Most Recent Education Institution: St. Edward’s University

Area of Study: Environmental Science and Policy

Professional Field: Sustainability

Virginia

Cameron Brandon Most Recent Education Institution: University of Virginia

Area of Study: German Studies and Foreign Affairs

Professional Field: Politics

Harrison Branner Most Recent Education Institution: Duke University

Area of Study: Environmental Science

Professional Field: Energy and Environmental Policy

Holland Cathey Most Recent Education Institution: University of Virginia

Area of Study: Environmental Sustainability and German Literature

Professional Field: Urban and Environmental Planning

Billy Hughes Most Recent Education Institution: Woodgrove High School

Professional Field: Emergency Medical Services

Diana Sosa Most Recent Education Institution: Georgetown University

Area of Study: International Affairs

Professional Field: International Education

Vermont 

Allan Wheeler Most Recent Education Institution: Vermont Technical College

Area of Study: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professional Field: Geologic Engineering

Washington

Allison Charoni Most Recent Education Institution: University of Washington

Area of Study: Cinema Studies

Professional Field: Video Production