Day: October 24, 2012

Co-ops & Internships

"While Michigan Tech opened the doorway to the workforce, Nation Ranch Marketing allowed me to take my first step through it. My internship with Nation Ranch provided me with an education that cannot be obtained in a classroom, and I feel lucky to have been given such a beneficial opportunity." —Rob Devaun, Business Administration, Class of 2007

Why would I want a co-op or internship?

Co-ops and Internships are available for business students at Michigan Tech, and students are encouraged to check them out! Co-ops and Internships can provide students with valuable work experience within their field of study. Students on co-op earn a paycheck and academic credit through Michigan Tech. Most students get internships during the summer to obtain work experience, however even though students do not earn college credit through internships, many of them still get paid for their work

How do I find a co-op or internship?

Many large companies have hired students from Michigan Tech’s business department to work for them on internships and co-ops. A few of these companies include Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, 3M, Dow Chemical Company, Edward Jones, Liberty Mutual, and Boeing. If you would like to learn more about how to apply or find a Co-op or Internship that would suit you, please visit our Co-Ops and Internships Webpage or contact Brad Wagner. Brad Wagner often knows about unique exciting opportunities available to students, and if you are considering a co-op or internship, the first step should be to contact him.


Fellowship for study in Germany

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany, is open to applicants in all career fields, though preference is given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields.  Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. 

The CBYX program annually provides 75 participants with two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Prior German language knowledge is not required, though it is preferred.  Applicants should have clear career goals and some relevant work experience in their career field, which may include summer, part-time, or internship work.  Participants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be US citizens or permanent residents.

Interested applicants can apply online at www.CBYX.info.  The application deadline for the 2013-2014 program is December 1, 2012


The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM for Vocationally Qualified People “Work Immersion Study Program” (WISP) is a summer fellowship program offered exclusively to college students in vocational fields and includes funding for one month of intensive German language study, a two-month internship with a German company, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a €300 monthly stipend.

Please note that the eligibility criteria for WISP have changed.  WISP is now open to students in vocational fields who have completed at least 4 semesters of study by the start of the program in June 2013.  Applicants must be enrolled at a US college before and after the program and must have completed at least 1 semester of college-level German by the start of the program.  Participants must be between the ages of 18-27 and be US citizens or permanent residents.

WISP is funded by the Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM and is administered by Cultural Vistas in cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and their partners.  Interested applicants can find out more and apply online by visiting www.WispGermany.org.


The application deadline for both WISP and CBYX is December 1, 2012.  We look forward to receiving applications from your students, and to answering any questions they may have!

Sincerely,

Beth Uding
Program Manager, CBYX and WISP
Cultural Vistas
440 Park Ave South, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016
buding@culturalvistas.org