Current PWSCC student Sebastian Filipiak came to Valdez from Winterbach, Germany. He is in the United States as a participant of a year-long exchange program called the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Sebastian is one of 75 German scholarship recipients studying at a select group of 58 colleges in 30 states and completing an internship in his career field.
Sebastian is one of the five program participants chosen (out of 33 applicants) to take part in the 6-week Congressional Internship Program (CIP) in Washington D.C. in early 2014. He will spend his time in direct, daily contact with Alaska Representative Don Young and his office. While in Valdez, Sebastian is attending PWSCC, working part-time in the business office, and involving himself in local volunteer opportunities in the community, including the community pool and the Valdez Food Bank.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, now in its 30th year, was designed to strengthen ties between the younger generation of the United States and Germany. Founded in 1983 and annually endorsed by members of the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag), the program has enabled over 3,500 young professionals to trade countries with their counterparts to live, study, and work for a year in a foreign environment.
Hosts for future German participants are currently being sought by the program. If you are interested in hosting, or know someone who may be, please contact Zoe Stroebel, Associate Program Manager, at 212-497-3514 or zstroebel AT culturalvistas DOT org. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is also currently seeking qualified American applicants for the 2014-2015 program year in Germany. For more information, please contact Max Flescher, Program Assistant, at 212-497-3522 or mflescher AT culturalvistas DOT org or visit: www.cbyx.info