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Daeya Shealy (Industrial Design, ’21) was awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship. The fellowship is funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, and annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

Daeya will complete two months of intensive German language training followed by a semester of classes in Germany. The program concludes with a three-month internship in Germany related to her field of study.

“Living in Germany has been an aspiration of mine since I started learning the language in 4th grade. Germany has a rich history in design education and practice, from the advent of the printing press to the founding of the Bauhaus School. As I expand my design practice, I continue to be inspired by the innovative, sustainable products and systems in Germany,” says Daeya. 

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The CBYX fellowship is sponsored in the U.S. by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. Cultural Vistas has administered CBYX for Young Professionals for over 35 years, together with its German partner organization, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.

RIT students interested in applying for the CBYX fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (jenny.sullivan@rit.edu), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.