Cultural Vistas Blog

Meet Lupe and Zhamilya, Two Interns Experiencing the U.S. with Cultural Vistas

Zhamilya is originally from the town of Oskemen in the eastern-most region of Kazakhstan. This region close to the intersection of Kazakhstan, Russia, China, and Mongolia is also where she studied international relations at the Sarsen Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University. Despite being in her early twenties, she has already mastered several foreign languages and experienced life abroad in South Korea, Germany, and now—the U.S.

Zhamilya takes a break from mastering languages in Tampa Bay, Florida

Lupe is a proud Bolivian who has already attained a fair bit of early career success in the IT sector even though she just completed her Bachelor’s degree last year at The Higher University of San Andrés. She is a developer who has worked on promoting Google products and APIs with the local chapter of a Google Developers Community Group in La Paz as a Marketing Team Lead and Lead Organizer. She also worked as the External Team Lead for an independently organized TED event called TEDxUMSA. Like Zhamilya, she is currently living in the U.S.

Lupe takes a NYC selfie

But besides their diverse backgrounds and the fact that both now find themselves in the States, what do the Kazakh international relations scholar and Bolivian IT developer have in common?

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Foreign Talent Helps Win Both World Cup Titles and Hosting Bids

When the U.S. didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup in October last year, it dispirited millions of soccer fans who groaned at the sorry state of the sport in their country. Fortunately, these same fans got a significant pick-me-up in mid-June when the U.S., Canada, and Mexico were selected to host the World Cup in 2026.

Fans from these three countries owe partial thanks to the strategic communications and government affairs firm Glover Park Group (GPG) for the successful World Cup bid. But the firm itself owes partial thanks to a young U.K. trainee—Rory Rudd—who helped ensure that the firm could be involved in the first place.

Rory feels as comfortable working in sports marketing in NYC as the UK.

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5 Things You’ll Be Able to Do After Your Fellowship Overseas

On July 19, Cultural Vistas hosted an event highlighting the impact of professional fellowship programs, which included a panel discussion on the benefits and opportunities of career-focused overseas programs.

The event allowed attendees to network with like-minded international professionals who have completed programs like the Alfa Fellowship Program, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, and the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program.

Panelists discussed the benefits of participating in professional fellowship programs with current, past, and future fellowship participants.

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How My Internship Brings Together Design and Climate Change

When you hear “design,” what images come to mind? Do you think of someone sketching products, drawing illustrations? A beautiful object? In the contemporary era, design means so much more than that.

I was introduced to the term “sustainability” in regards to the environment after working on United Nations Development Programme projects in Turkmenistan, my home country. This inspired me to further my studies in not just design, but in design for sustainability. Since receiving a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design and starting my master’s program in Design for Sustainability, my perception of design has completely changed.

The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (CSCC) Muskie Internship Program
Natalya (left) and the crew at the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (CSCC), one of the nonprofits where she is spending her summer as a Muskie intern.

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Exchanges: Bridging a Divided World

Following the news in 2017 could have left you with the impression that citizens were more divided across many democratic societies. A concerning rise in nationalist populism, amplified skepticism of international engagement, and strained longstanding alliances. Retreating democratic norms coincided with greater hostility toward facts and expertise. Citizens turned inward and shielded themselves with like-minded peers. Many were left feeling more divided from others, whether fellow citizens across town or people around the world.

By this analysis, you might think it’s an inopportune time to be in the international exchange business.

We disagree.

Cultural Vistas Board Member Adam Hunter
Adam Hunter is a member of Cultural Vistas’ Board of Directors and a 2003-04 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship alumnus.

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