Introducing the Inaugural Class of Cultural Vistas Fellows

Seven U.S. university students receive funding to intern abroad in Asia, Europe, and South America in summer 2013.

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The inaugural class of Cultural Vistas Fellows will receive funding to intern abroad in Asia, Europe, and South America in the summer of 2013

To be able to afford this opportunity, especially to students who might otherwise not have such a chance, is incredibly exciting for us. We sincerely believe this has the potential to be a life-changing experience for the fellows.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce the selection of the inaugural class of Cultural Vistas Fellows.

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship will provide seven U.S. university students the opportunity to gain professional experience through eight-week internship and immersion experiences in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore during the summer of 2013.

Funding for this initiative is provided directly by Cultural Vistas as part of its commitment to provide more Americans with opportunities to gain meaningful international experience.

“The launch of this funded fellowship is truly a milestone for Cultural Vistas, and highlights our deep commitment to providing international professional development experiences for young Americans," said Cultural Vistas Fellowship Director Nicole Sisco. "To be able to afford this opportunity, especially to students who might otherwise not have such a chance, is incredibly exciting for us. We sincerely believe this has the potential to be a life-changing experience for the fellows.”

The inaugural program year centers on the theme of sustainability and begins this April with a virtual learning component to orient fellows to their respective host countries and explore relevant sustainability issues and best practices.

The group will convene in New York City at the end of May for a day-long orientation prior to traveling overseas.

Of the seven fellows, three will spend June and July living and interning in Singapore, while two each are destined for summer experiences in Berlin and Buenos Aires. For most of these participating students, this will represent the first time they have stepped outside the United States.

Upon returning stateside, the seven fellows will take part in a re-entry seminar in New York City to reflect and debrief on their time abroad. Each participating student will then complete "Fellows in Service" activities that share their knowledge gained on their respective campuses and in their local communities during the fall 2013 semester.

The inaugural class of Cultural Vistas Fellows includes rising juniors and seniors representing seven institutions across the United States. All program-related transportation, accommodations, support services, emergency medical coverage, and internship placements are covered by the program.

The seven Cultural Vistas Fellows are:

Host Country: Argentina

Jaime Cameron
University of Michigan
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

Douglass Roman
University of Pennsylvania
Major: Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Hometown: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Host Country: Germany

Cassandra Carothers
Brown University
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Medford, Oregon

Maxwell Woelk
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Major: Bioprocess Engineering
Hometown: Copiague, New York

Host Country: Singapore

Ji Cha
University of Maryland
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland

Rachel Hicks-Gurfinkel
University of Oklahoma
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jillian Reilly
University of Minnesota
Major: Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Hometown: East Setauket, New York

For more information on the Cultural Vistas Fellowship, visit culturalvistas.org/cvfellowship.

About Cultural Vistas
A non‐profit organization, Cultural Vistas has facilitated professional exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, and Americans seeking overseas experiential learning opportunities, since 1950. – Learn more at culturalvistas.org.

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