The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture.
Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.
Summer 2014: Sustainability in Asia, Europe, & South America
Cultural Vistas Fellows will enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on environmental sustainability.
One cohort of up to four fellows will travel to each international destination. The program will take place in five distinct phases:
Virtual learning component to orient fellows to their host country and each other, discuss sustainability issues, and prepare for their time abroad
Pre-departure orientation in New York City for fellows to meet, share learning goals, and prepare for their international internships
Eight-week internships in Buenos Aires, Berlin, and Singapore. During this phase, fellows will take part in an online learning exchange to process and provide comparative analyses of their experiences.
Re-entry seminar in New York City bringing together fellows to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned during the program
Post-program "Fellows in Service" activities that highlight the learning acquired on campuses and in local communities
Program-related travel expenses, including round-trip airfare to and within internship country; travel to New York City for pre-departure and re-entry seminars
Internship placement in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore
Accommodations throughout program, including pre-departure and re-entry seminars
Virtual learning seminar
Pre-departure support services
Cultural orientation upon arrival in host country
Visa application support (where applicable)
Emergency medical insurance during internship phase
Candidates for the Cultural Vistas Fellowship must meet the following requirements:
U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
Rising junior or senior status; minimum GPA of 3.0
No formal prior work or study abroad experiences
Academic or practical experience (volunteer or work) in sustainability, environmental awareness, engineering, and related sciences
Prior knowledge of language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)
Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange.
This includes, but is not limited to Pell Grant recipients; veterans; first-generation college students; STEM majors; members of minority communities within the United States; and non-traditional students.