When Anthony Schilling of Omaha graduates from Creighton University in May, his next career move will take him to Germany for a year-long academic and internship program sponsored by the U.S. and German governments.
Schilling, a College of Arts and Sciences student, is majoring in International Studies with a minor in German and business. He has been selected to the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals(CBYX). The year-long program, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State, annually provides 75 young professionals with a strong interest in cultural exchange with the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany.
As the son of a U.S. diplomat, he is familiar with living overseas. He grew up in Vienna, Oslo, and Warsaw, where he developed an interest in foreign affairs and a knack for foreign languages; besides German, he is also fluent in French and Norwegian.
A student in Creighton’s Honors Program, Schilling is a member of the campus chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, and an editorial cartoonist for the university newspaper, The Creightonian. He hopes to combine his interests in business, language and international studies to pursue a career in international finance.
“The Congress-Bundestag program is a great opportunity to study and work in Germany, while forming a network of business contacts,” Schilling said.
The CBYX program for Young Professionals consists of two months of German language school; four months of classes in the participant’s career field at a university, technical school, or professional school; and a five month internship in each participant’s career field.
Since 1983, over 18,000 young people have participated in Congress-Bundestag exchanges for high school students, vocationalists, and young professionals; over 3,000 alumni have participated in CBYX for Young Professionals, the program in which Schilling will participate.