Daeya Shealy (Industrial Design, ’21) and William Avis were each 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 and William 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 their 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.
“Upon returning from a positive study abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark, I wanted to seek out other avenues for work or study abroad,” says William. “My long-term goals are to work abroad in a design firm, incorporating knowledge of multi-cultural design into my work. I believe all international experience is positive because learning about other cultures and people creates more empathy in the world. The CBYX program aligns with my goal of learning and expanding my cultural experience.”
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 (email@example.com), Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.