Virtual career day
Great Opportunities for Studying and Working in Germany

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No Career Booster Germany event taking place in your area? Then join us online from anywhere in the US for the first virtual edition of Career Booster Germany! Log in from anywhere in the U.S. or in the world and access the numerous presentations and panels offered by the Goethe-Institut and its partners.

We will showcase excellent study and career opportunities for German speakers in Germany as well as in the U.S. Participants will find out about studying in Germany without tuition fees, scholarships, internships, exchange programs, work and research opportunities.

All presentations will be in English.

Technical requirements

Career day participation requires the installation of Adobe Connect on your computer. You can also watch the presentations from your mobile device: just download the free Adobe Connect Mobile App. When you first click on the link to a Blue or Green room to listen to a presentation, you will be prompted to install the Adobe Connect app on your device.

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Career Day Program

11:00 - 11:10 am EST

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11:10 - 11:40 am EST

Learn about CBYX for Young Professionals, a fellowship fully funded by the U.S. and German governments that sends 75 Americans between the ages of 18.5 and 24 to Germany each year to attend intensive language school for two months, attend German university for three months, and complete a five-month internship. The Cultural Vistas Fellowship, a fully-funded multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships Germany, will also be discussed. For the summer of 2020, Cultural Vistas will select up to 15 fellows to support while they learn through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on civic engagement and youth involvement.
 
Rachael Agnello and Tommy Ruether both work for Cultural Vistas on the Global Programs for Young Professionals team. They also both happen to be alumni of CBYX for Young Professionals and have therefore studied and worked in Germany for one year. They are looking forward to informing you about opportunities to gain professional experience in Germany.
 
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Germany is one of the industrially most developed countries in the world with advanced education, social security and health care systems, and a booming job market. Situated at the heart of Europe at the crossroads of different cultures and traditions, it is Europe´s  powerhouse with regard to technical innovation; it is also home to international businesses, to a thriving entrepreneurial scene, and to hundreds of institutions of higher education. Generous state funding results in very low tuition fees – for a world-class education! Graduates profit from the high standard of learning in German universities and can look forward to excellent job opportunities afterwards.

This presentation will focus on Technical University Darmstadt – one of Germany’s leading technical universities. We will present programs in the technology and natural sciences, such as mechanical, civil, electrical, environmental engineering; computer science/mathematics; chemistry/physics/biology/biomolecular engineering/materials science, complemented by liberal arts, humanities, and sports.
 
We „invented“ the electrical engineering program – a first world-wide in that field! For the last 150 years, we have offered an excellent education, an inspiring study environment on an innovative campus, used by a learning community of 26,000 students in over a 100 programs. Interested? Learn some facts on application, language requirements, tuition fees, housing, and support. 
 
Claudia Breuer Claudia Breuer Dr. Claudia Breuer is a student advisor in the Central Student Advisory Office of TU Darmstadt.

Contact: breuer@zsb.tu-darmstadt.de

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11:40 am - 12:10 pm EST

Are you interested in pursuing your entire or part of your undergraduate degree in Germany? Join German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) representative Jessica von Tresckow for general information on applying to a university in Germany as well as the DAAD scholarships and grants available at the undergraduate level to help you achieve your academic goals in Germany, whether you are interested in advancing your German language skills or doing an internship over the summer.
 
Jessica von Tresckow Jessica von Tresckow Jessica von Tresckow is an Information Officer at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York. DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. The DAAD head office is located in Germany and the DAAD office in New York supports individuals on all academic levels going to Germany. In her role, Jessica oversees various marketing and communications projects, including outreach to universities and students across the United States. 
 
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Germany is one of the three most popular places to study for foreign students. This is hardly surprising: higher education institutions in Germany offer the highest academic standards – and as such are the perfect springboard for a successful career at home or worldwide. The Goethe-Institut’s Study Bridge program is specifically designed to prepare students from abroad wishing to embark directly on a course of study in Germany. The Study Bridge program provides linguistic and subject-matter-specific preparation to high school students who wish to study in Germany. Students who successfully complete the preparatory program can apply directly to one of the partner universities. Besides offering a certain number of places for Study Bridge participants, these universities also offer a comprehensive range of services designed to support the new students.
 
Irmela Ginkel Irmela Ginkel Irmela Ginkel works at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C. where she coordinates the Study Bridge Program in the US. She has a business degree from the European Business School in Germany and spent a year abroad studying in Paris, France, and Auckland, New Zealand. Before joining the Goethe-Institut she worked in banking and finance in Frankfurt, Germany, and Toulouse, France.

Contact: us-studybridge@goethe.de

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12:10 - 12:40 pm EST: Plenary session

What is it like to live and study in Germany and how does that experience broaden the horizons of one's life? Join three panelists and moderator Casey Detrow to learn about their first-hand experiences as they discuss how German and Germany have proven advantageous to both, their personal growth and their careers.

Robert Bloom Robert Bloom Robert Bloom is the Language Program Officer at the Goethe-Institut New York. He received a B.A. in German Language and Literature from Hunter College in 2010, and an M.A. in German Studies from the University of Colorado in 2014. He was an exchange student at the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe in the winter of 2009/2010. His second stay in Germany was in 2011-2012 as an English teaching assistant at a Gymnasium in Bergisch Gladbach through the Fulbright Program.

Contact: robert.bloom@goethe.de


Marta Millar Marta Millar Marta Millar studied history, German, and international politics at the University of Freiburg in summer 2016, as part of a direct exchange program with Penn State University. During her time at Freiburg, she also began researching for her undergraduate honors thesis on the reconstruction of Berlin. She graduated in December 2018 with bachelor's degrees in all three subjects, as well as a master's degree in international affairs, and now works as a program officer for the University of Freiburg Liaison Office in New York.

Contact: liaison-office@uni-freiburg.de
 


Casey Detrow Casey Detrow Casey Detrow (Moderator) has lived on and off in Germany for the past 15 years, beginning with a high school year spent in the far northwest of the country through a Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship program. As an undergraduate student at Hunter College, she spent a summer on a DAAD journalism grant at the FU Berlin and moved to Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship upon graduation, where she also conducted independent research and worked as an English Language Teaching Assistant. She stayed in Germany and pursued an MA at Humboldt University in Berlin with the support of a DAAD Graduate Study Grant from 2014 to 2017. From 2015 to 2019 she co-ran Raumerweiterungshalle, an independent arts and community space in Berlin. She has curated exhibitions at Schwules Museum Berlin and at Casino: Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Luxembourg. She has also authored articles in various arts and culture platforms and institutions, including Missy Magazine and Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst.

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12:40 - 1:10 pm EST

Vocational education in the U.S. is evolving rapidly, with many different perspectives and possible career paths.  This presentation will provide an update and insight on the opportunities and challenges of skills training and how the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) are supporting its development. The GACC is the U.S. representative of the German Chambers of Commerce, which oversee and administer the vocational education system for the country. The GACC has brought this expertise to the U.S. and now supports over 150 apprenticeship programs in 15 states.
 
Matthew Allen Matthew Allen Matthew Allen is the Director of Careers and Education for the GACC in New York. He has studied the German “dual education” apprenticeship system extensively and is a certified German-standard mentor trainer.  He has been with the GACC since 2009.  Prior to joining the GACC, Mr. Allen studied Physics at Clemson University and Human Resources Management at NYU.
 
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Come to study in Germany with a fast-track preparatory course that guarantees you a spot in a Bachelor’s program! In this workshop, you will learn about the different paths to undergraduate study in Germany and their requirements. We will focus on the regular track “Studienkolleg” in the first part, and introduce a new fast-track option in the second part. The fast track “Studienstart International plus” includes an individual schedule for each student, German language courses, selected courses from your chosen degree program, excursions, a Buddy program, and a seamless transition to your subsequent study towards a Bachelor’s degree.
 
Eva Bosbach Eva Bosbach Dr. Eva Bosbach is Executive Director of the University of Cologne New York Office. She worked previously as Program Manager at the German Rectors’ Conference in Bonn, Germany, and is author of several comparative studies about doctoral education and the humanities in Germany and the U.S. Eva currently serves on the Board of the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) and was awarded City Council and New York State Assembly Citations in 2017. Eva is trilingual (Czech, German, English) and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

The University of Cologne Office cultivates relationships with North American partner universities and serves as first point of contact for faculty, students, and other partners in the United States and Canada. It reaches out to UoC Alumni, and offers researchers from the University of Cologne platforms to network, present their scientific results, and initiate new collaborations in North America.


Contact: eva.bosbach@uni-koeln.de

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1:10 - 1:40 pm EST

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Germany? Or conducting research in Germany during your graduate degree in the United States? The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has several opportunities for students from all academic fields to pursue their passion in Germany. Topics covered will include application requirements, finding the right program, and available DAAD funding.
 
Jessica von Tresckow Jessica von Tresckow Jessica von Tresckow is an Information Officer at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York. DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. The DAAD head office is located in Germany and the DAAD office in New York supports individuals on all academic levels going to Germany. In her role, Jessica oversees various marketing and communications projects, including outreach to universities and students across the United States. 
 
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In a globalized world, we are basically everywhere all the time. Clients, colleagues and capital are interactional and generated through global networks regardless of whether the company is based in a small town, in a metropolitan area or on a different continent. These thoughts can be overwhelming and truly fascinating. Thus, for a happy life and an aspiring career, it is ever more crucial to be able to collaborate with other people. And to meet them, it is best to speak their language. HR managers claim they can tell which one of the new employees is interculturally competent, who speaks another language, has studied abroad or worked in an international environment. “They are more self-confident and radiate an inner competence.”
 
German is still the language that raises your salary the most when foreign language competencies are compared. While English and Spanish are almost taken for granted, German still counts as an actual qualification. What is more, German is easy to learn, beautifully poetic and enormously relevant in technical fields. Did you know that the mp3-format, the x-rays and the chip on your credit cards are all German inventions? German has a very long history in the U.S. and an even brighter future in the world. By the way, aspirin is a German invention as well. You are aiming of a future without headaches? Chose German!
 
Philina Wittke Philina Wittke Philina Wittke is currently the Director of the TU Darmstadt North America Office that opened in February 2019 at the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg. After studying in Kiel and at Bowling Green State University, she moved to Tübingen to be in charge of the Tübingen Summer School for six years. In 2013-2017, she worked in South Africa as the Director of the DAAD Information Center; a position that also allowed her to visit many universities and students on the continent. Since January 2018, she works at TU Darmstadt. Besides the administrative tasks in the field of International Higher Education, she has been teaching German as a Foreign Language for 13 years in various educational contexts. She also taught Special Skills courses at a language school for European engineers as well as international nurses that moved to Germany.

Contact: wittke.ph@pvw.tu-darmstadt.de

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1:40 - 2:10 pm EST

Germany is known for its excellence in engineering. Find out about academic programs and internships in engineering for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. This session will also cover funding and career opportunities. We will provide hands-on guidance to help participants identify the right program.
 
Theresa Vormelker Theresa Vormelker Theresa Vormelker is an intern at the New York office of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a consortium of TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. With 120,000 students, 1,300 professors and cutting-edge research facilities, UA Ruhr represents one of the largest and most innovative academic hubs in Germany. The New York office supports and facilitates academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and a steadily growing network of partners in the United States and Canada. Theresa is studying Art and English literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen; at the New York UA Ruhr office she is responsible for the student participants in the Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship as well as for events for alumni and partner organizations.
 
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You would like to find a job or an internship position in Germany? You’ve already come across some interesting companies and are interested in gaining work experience abroad? This presentation will inform you where German employers advertise their job openings, which documents are required for your application and what cultural differences you should be aware of. There will also be time for your questions. 
 
Theresa Fuchs Theresa Fuchs Theresa Fuchs is originally from Gera (Thüringen) in Germany, studied at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Hessen) for a teaching degree in German, English and Religion and moved to the U.S. in January 2019 to work as language consultant at Goethe-Institut Chicago. During her student and professional career she used every chance available to do internships or work abroad. That way she has lived in England, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and is excited to now have the chance to help you get your first job abroad.

Contact: Theresa.Fuchs@goethe.de

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2:10 - 2:40 pm EST

German universities offer a variety of excellent opportunities to pursue a liberal arts education abroad. We will explore several programs offered in English, with a particular focus on the University College Freiburg, and discuss how you can benefit from an education in Germany.
 
Marta Millar Marta Millar Marta Millar is the Program Manager for the University of Freiburg Liaison Office. In this role, she works to grow the network of the Friends of Freiburg University (alumni and stakeholders) throughout North America, and to recruit talented students for the university. Millar studied at the University of Freiburg and at Penn State University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in German, History, and International Politics, and a Master’s degree in international affairs. Prior to her role as program manager, Millar has also worked with the International Student Management Office at the National Defense University, with the Public Diplomacy sector of the U.S. State Department, and as an ambassador for the Penn State School of International Affairs.
 
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This session will give you an overview of business study opportunities in Germany with an international focus at different types of higher education institutions. Since German universities are state-funded, there are very low tuition fees; therefore, studying in Germany is your chance to invest in an excellent education – and your future – without paying a fortune. Interesting for: Undergraduate students in business and/or economics, interested in international Master programs with focus in leadership.
 
Eva Bosbach Eva Bosbach Dr. Eva Bosbach is Executive Director of the University of Cologne New York office. She worked previously as Program Manager at the German Rectors’ Conference in Bonn, Germany, and is author of several comparative studies about doctoral education and the humanities in Germany and the U.S. Eva currently serves on the Board of the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) and was awarded City Council and New York State Assembly Citations in 2017. Eva is trilingual (Czech, German, English) and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

The University of Cologne liaison office cultivates relationships with North American partner universities and serves as first point of contact for faculty, students, and other partners in the United States and Canada. It reaches out to UoC Alumni, and offers researchers from the University of Cologne platforms to network, present their scientific results, and initiate new collaborations in North America.


Contact: eva.bosbach@uni-koeln.de

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2:40 - 3:10 pm EST

Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany offer a variety of Master programs, of which many are taught in English. They cover all disciplines and many innovative topics. A German Master’s degree is respected by employers around the world. It can be your path to a successful career or a stepping stone to a Ph.D. The presentation will offer helpful information on the requirements and the application process as well as on resources to assist you in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Germany. By earning your advanced degree abroad, you will gain in-depth knowledge and international experience making you more attractive in the global workplace. Intercultural, problem solving, critical learning as well as language skills learned abroad equip you to adapt to the changing marketplace.

Katja Simons Katja Simons Dr. Katja Simons is the Executive Director of the New York liaison office of Campus OWL, a network of five higher education institutions in Eastern Westphalia (OstWestfalenLippe, Germany). In this role she promotes study and research opportunities and supports collaborations with North American partners. Previously she was Executive Director at the German University Alliance and Program Director at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York as well as Summit Manager for Generation Study Abroad at IIE. Katja studied sociology, political science, and history at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin (FU Berlin), and received her doctorate at the Ruhr-University Bochum in 2002. 

Contact: simons@campus-owl.org
 
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A GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) exchange is based on long-term school partnerships where students live at least 2 weeks in host families and go to school. Teachers describe that their students not only improve their German language skills but also mature immensely in just 2 weeks of full cultural immersion. GAPP schools can apply for financial support for their exchanges. 
 
Molly Rowland Molly Rowland Molly Rowland earned her Bachelor’s Degree in German Language and Literature and Spanish language from Oakland University in 2010. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in German language from Bowling Green State University in 2012. She has lived, worked, and studied in both Germany and Austria, and taught German for 6 years. She joined the GAPP team as executive director in February of 2019.

Contact: gapp@goethe.de

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3:10 - 3:40 pm EST

How do German and American ways of communication differ? This presentation will give you the opportunity to learn about intercultural differences in general communication, social perceptions, and body language. Learn the intercultural communication skills you need to navigate small talk and workplace culture, make new friends, and impress your colleagues.  
 
Elena Alston Elena Alston Elena Alston studied Teaching German and English at the University of Tübingen. After completing her studies, she taught German as a foreign language and has been working at the Goethe-Institut New York since the end of 2016 when she moved to the U.S. She teaches adult, teen and children language courses and regularly gives workshops on intercultural learning.
 
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In this workshop participants will learn about international study and internship opportunities at universities of applied sciences in Germany (UAS). UAS are known for their close cooperation with businesses and industries and for hands-on teaching and research; they offer a broad variety of career oriented degree programs. We will give you insights about Bachelor and Master programs and international study and internship opportunities at our university locations in cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne.

Patrizia Nobbe Patrizia Nobbe Patrizia Nobbe is Executive Director of the UAS7 Liaison office in New York. UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences and represents a broad variety of about 600 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The UAS7 Liaison office in New York administers student and faculty exchange programs for UAS7 and North American students and promotes Bachelor’s and Master’s degree as well as short-term (summer) programs to students in North America.

Contact: nobbe@uas7.org

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3:40 - 4:00 am EST: Plenary session

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