Former EL student spends year abroad

EAST LIVERPOOL – Allison Steele, of East Liverpool, returned to the U.S on July 16 after having spent a year in Germany as a participant of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). Steele is affiliated with Hiram College, where she studied Biological Sciences. She took part in the 30th year of the CBYX program, which has provided over 1,700 Americans with this unique opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany since 1984. Steele was selected as one of 75 participants nationwide for this competitive government-sponsored fellowship for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 24.

Steele was part of a group of 75 Americans that departed for Germany from Washington, DC in July 2013. She began her year abroad with two months of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg Centrum in Radolfzell, then studied for a semester at the University of Leipzig. Her year finished with a five-month internship with the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Protection in Leipzig. Participants of the CBYX program complete internships in a variety of fields, according to their professional aspirations and previous academic and work experience. Participants also have the opportunity to live with a German host and learn about daily life from a German perspective.

The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, vocational, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Participants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18-24 and have clear career goals and some experience in their professional fields prior to applying. German language ability is not required to apply, but is recommended. Participants interested in applying can find out more by visiting

The CBYX program is financially supported by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, as well as the German Bundestag [parliament]. The program funds participants’ international airfare, housing, seminars, insurance, and monthly stipends. CBYX for Young Professionals is administered by Cultural Vistas and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, non-profit organizations based in New York and Bonn, respectively.

At the same time as young professionals like Steele travel to Germany, 75 German young professionals come to live in various communities throughout the United States to experience a year in the US including study at a local college, an internship with an American company, and life with an American host family. For information on hosting a German CBYX participant in your home, company, or college, please visit or contact Cultural Vistas at cbyx@culturalvistas.orgor 212-497-3522.