Alumni Opportunities

The YES Alumni Program wishes to engage YES alumni in building a worldwide YES community to continue building bridges as citizens around the world. The events offered aim to further engage YES alumni in the global community as well as provide opportunities that cultivate their leadership skills. The below events opportunities are organized by both the YES Alumni Program and other international organizations.

YES Events & Opportunities

The Junior Academy

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Applications due by June 30, 2017: This exciting opportunity for high school students, ages 13-18, interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is now accepting applications for the next class of The Junior Academy. The Junior Academy is an elite group of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to designing innovative solutions to global challenges. If you're passionate about changing the world through STEM, learn more about The Junior Academy and start your application here

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

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Applications due by June 30, 2017: Are you an 18-35 years old entrepreneur working to make the world a better place? The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards is an annual, global search for people under 35 who are tackling sustainability issues with their social enterprise. Enter here to win a cash prize, one-to-one mentoring support, and a seat at a special prize event hosted in London! 

African Youth Leadership Summit 2017 in Morocco

African Youth Leadership Summit 2017 In Morocco

Applications due by July 15, 2017: This three-day leadership summit focuses on the core challenges encountered by youth leaders and brings a diverse group of young delegates from the whole continent together for a journey of collective exploration, reflection, and networking. Apply for this great opportunity to network with more than 250 delegates! 

Schwarzman Scholarship


Applications due by September 28, 2017: The Schwarzman Scholarship is a highly selective, one year Master's degree program based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top academic institutions. It is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders, ages 18-28, for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Click here to apply now!

The United States-Indonesia Society Travel Grants

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Applications due September 1, December 1, March 1, June 1: The United States-Indonesia Society Travel Grants awards grants of up to $2,000 to fund travel to Indonesia or to the United States. These grants are awarded to promote academic and other exchanges between the two countries. USINDO Travel Grants are open to U.S. and Indonesian citizens seeking to travel to Indonesia or the United States to conduct field research or other professional projects, including conferences.

SVSU YES Alumni Scholarship


No formal application is required: The SVSU YES Alumni Scholarship is awarded to international undergraduate and graduate students in recognition of exemplary academic achievement and participation in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. The SVSU YES Alumni Scholarship is a renewable award of $1,500 per year throughout your studies at SVSU. No formal application is required.

Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany

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Applications accepted on a rolling basis: The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve their German language ability, and experience German life and culture firsthand. Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies and economics. Candidates must be 18–30 years of age and enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university for the duration of the program. Two years of post-secondary instruction in German or the equivalent (extra language training is available, if needed) are required.

Cultural Vistas Train USA Program

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Applications accepted throughout the year: The Cultural Vistas Train USA Program provides university students, recent graduates, and professionals from around the world the opportunity to enhance their skills and experience the United States through career-focused internships and training programs lasting up to 12 or 18 months. All applicants must be 18 years old and able to demonstrate recent experience in the field for which they are requesting an internship or training experience in order to participate. Applicants must also have related work or education within the 6 months prior to the program start date.

See more opportunities on the International Exchange alumni website.