Baruch College Student Selected for Congress Bundestag Youth Fellowship
New York, NY - April 4, 2017 - Jesse Aman (’17), a BSPA student at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International and Affairs, has been awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship (CBYX).
Funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, CBYX is a fellowship that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries. While there, students study, intern, and live with hosts in a cultural immersion program.
Aman first learned about the CBYX Fellowship through Baruch College’s Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships, which guided her through the application process.
”This fellowship is the ideal opportunity to apply my passion for politics and public service by learning about the contrast in Germany’s political system, while also learning the language and being fully immersed in the culture,” said Aman. “In addition, the 2016 U.S. Presidential election results played a significant influence in deciding to apply. I felt that this fellowship allowed me, as a born-and-raised New York City Latina, to represent the diversity of the U.S. and why it is indeed so fundamental to our resilience and success as a nation.”
As an aspiring public servant, Aman hopes to use her time to build a dialogue with the German community, learn how to identify key trends in ideologies and voting, and explore the voting system in Germany, which differs from the U.S.
Additionally, Aman, who will be in Germany during and after a Bundestag election year, intends to gain a better understanding of the structure of the political campaigns in Germany, how they effectively reach out to voters, and the influence they may have on election results.
“This is particularly interesting to me since the results of the election will have substantial impact, not only on Germany, but even more so on the entire EU, as well as the U.S.,” said Aman. “Ultimately, I hope to discover how rapidly changing policy environments affect local communities, and how the German government will address these changes, which I can later apply to my career in public service back home.”
For Aman, the CBYX Fellowship will move her closer to her professional goal.
“I aspire to one day become the first Ecuadorian-American woman elected to public office, representing the best city in the world, New York City.”