Macaire Grobe ’16 was honored with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowship. She will be one of 75 American students to study, live and work in Germany for a year following graduation. CBYX fellows have the opportunity to pursue paid work or internships and live with hosts. The program is open to candidates from all career fields.
Name: Macaire Grobe
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Activities/Clubs: Mountebanks, BMES, self-published author
How does the CBYX Fellowship tie into your Union education?
This program is an exchange of students between Germany and the U.S. in order to maintain ties between the German Bundestag and Congress. After participating in the German term abroad, I fell in love with German culture and education. This program will allow me to spend time in Germany while still pursuing work and studies related to my major. For this fellowship, I will require both the German language skills I have acquired at Union and the technical skills from my bioengineering major.
What are some courses/experiences here at Union that helped prepare you for it?
The German language courses, especially the more advanced courses concerned with culture and history, were especially relevant. Also, my technical engineering courses in biotechnology and design were helpful in researching internships in my field.
What do you hope to get from the experience?
Through this fellowship, I hope to learn more about German culture and daily life and expand my language skills, while simultaneously building my resume for graduate work in biomedical engineering.