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Germany

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a work/study fellowship program that gives participants an understanding of everyday life, education, and...

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United States

J-1 U.S. Internships and Training Sponsorship

Looking to intern and advance your career in the United States? Cultural Vistas provides thousands of students and professionals every year with the necessary J-1 Visa

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Argentina

Internship Program in Argentina

The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Argentina provides U.S. and Canadian students and young professionals with internship placements in either Buenos Aires or Córdoba....

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Germany

Internship Program in Germany

The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve German language abilities,...

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Germany

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2017-2018 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows act as consultants...

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Ireland

Internship Program in Ireland

Spend up to a year gaining valuable internship experience in your career field of interest in the greater Dublin area. The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Ireland...

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Germany

Berlin Startup Program

Cultural Vistas offers students from around the world the unique opportunity to complete an internship with a startup company in Berlin, the German capital of innovation

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Chile

Internship Program in Chile

The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Chile provides U.S. and Canadian students and young professionals with internship placements in a variety of fields in the city

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Germany

Independent Work Abroad in Germany

The Independent Work Abroad Program in Germany provides work authorization for students enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. Enrolled students from Canada and non-U.S....

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Switzerland

Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland

Cultural Vistas' Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland program provides work authorization for U.S. citizens who are recent college graduates. Participants find their own...

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Multiple Countries

IAESTE United States

The IAESTE Internship Placement Program matches U.S. university students majoring in technical fields with paid internships abroad in more than 80 countries. Positions are...

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Multiple Countries

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Asia, Europe, & Latin America The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity

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Spain

Summer Internship Program in Spain

The Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program in Spain provides an excellent opportunity for U.S. and Canadian students to gain work experience abroad, improve their Spanish...

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Germany

EMGIP - German State Parliaments Fellowship

The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a

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Cultural Vistas Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Host Company

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Compensation

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Professional Development

    8

  • Community

    8

Electrical & electronic maintenance technician

I enjoy fieldwork, traveling, challenging assignments and working with new people. With more than 8 years of experience in working as a field maintenance engineer, I am confident that I will prove to be an asset to your organization.

Here is a small summary of my skills and qualifications:

I have a proven track record of successfully solving all the problems supporting the electrical and electronic assemblies
Excellent customer relation skills and a strong background for troubleshooting all the machine assemblies. With a good knowledge of computer hardware and software systems
Good exposure to complete range of engineering problems with specific electrical design, maintenance, installation, customer care and repair
A position with your organization is very appealing to me, I am willing to put my experience to work with company, which gives me good opportunity for developing and establishing strong business partnerships with all the clients.

Thank you for giving your valuable time and I await a positive reply from you. I am really enthusiastic about this opportunity and would like a chance of interview for this position



Sincerely,

Abdenour MEROUANE

Program: J-1 U.S. Internships and Training Sponsorship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Awesome!

This program has far and away been the best thing I've ever participated in. It had everything I had asked for: good company, the opportunity to study and learn German, a chance to travel and visit historic locations and meet locals. I highly recommend this program.

Program: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Perfect balance of all things intercultural

The first two months of language classes provided a great base for getting to know the culture, the language and other people in my program. Living with a host family significantly improved my very basic level of German to a comfortable level of conversational German.

My the living situation for my permanent placement was not ideal because I had hoped to live with a host family again, not in an international dorm. However, the program emphasizes flexibility and I made the most of my situation. I made friends from across the globe and had plenty of independence and freedom.

My internship was perfect, as it gave me a great balance of German practice and immersion in a German workplace, while also giving me the experience to interact with plenty of international people in the volunteer work camps that I led.

Overall, EXCELLENT program to develop young professionalism and intercultural awareness!

Program: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Overall Rating

5 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Treasured Experience, Miscommunicated Expectations

Upon reflecting on my internship experience in 2007 with then CDS International (now Cultural Vistas), I learned a great deal and grew significantly as a global citizen of this world. I'm very thankful for my experience as it helped me stand out as a graduate school applicant and it's a treasured experience I reflect on often. While I enjoyed my homestay, loved the neighborhood I lived in, and appreciate that I'm still connected to my coworkers, I would have enjoyed my program more if the cultural differences about my internship would have been made known upfront. I received a cultural orientation on site where it was clarified, but I wished I'd learned that before leaving. I was expecting to gain a great deal of hands-on experience while working full time, but I was eventually cut down to four hours/day, M-Th. It was clear I was the first intern to be with the organization as they didn't always have something for me to do and that was frustrating to navigate at times. Expectations are difficult to manage for both parties when in an intercultural environment, but being more clear about positions and responsibilities would make for a more meaningful and fulfilling experience, both in and out of the internship assignment.

Program: Internship Program in Argentina

  • Cultural Vistas responded to this review February 19, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    We appreciate your honest feedback. Whether left in a review here or within our post-program follow-up, we're always working to improve the experience of our participants.

    We are glad to hear you treasured your experience abroad.

    We're sorry that the expectations were not more clearly communicated at the onset of your program.

    A lot has changed (including our name!) in the last eight-plus years, including our partner on the ground in Argentina so we do believe that future participants can count on an internship that fits their career interests.

Overall Rating

6 / 10

  • Social Life

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Internship Placement

    6

Experience of a lifetime.

My most memorable experience is when my host company for my internship took me to Berlin on a trade fair trip. I felt like more than an intern, i felt like i belonged.

So i could work abroad in Germany with a multi-national corporation. I wanted to improve my business German and practice the life skills i learned in the class room.

Program: Internship Program in Germany

  • Cultural Vistas responded to this review February 19, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    We're glad to hear you had such a positive and memorable experience.