Yibin Zhang selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

Penn Engineering student Yibin Zhang has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Zhang was selected as one of 75 participants (among a pool of over 500 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, over 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Zhang will be participating in the 28th year of the CBYX program.

Zhang is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and working in the laboratory of Paulo Arratia, assistant professor of MEAM. While in Germany on CBYX, Zhang will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in her career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament, the CBYX program is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Participants come from nearly every career field, and from all over the United States. CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While American participants like Zhang will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live here in the United States during the upcoming academic year.