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

Global Youth Video Competition

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Applications due by August 18, 2017: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change launched a video competition to showcase projects and campaigns relating to climate change. Talk about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise three minute video! Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 30. Click here for more info! 

African Youth SDG Summit 2017 in Ghana

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Applications due by August 31, 2017: The Conveners (2030 Youth Alliance) of the African Youth Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Ghana), the National Youth Authority (Ghana) and the African Monitor (South Africa) with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP Ghana) is organizing the maiden African Youth SDG Summit in Ghana. This summit will provide an open and inclusive platform for young people in Africa, SDG Achievers, African Governments, Development Partners and the private sector to dialogue and address pertinent issues affecting the youth. Open to applicants between 15-35 years from all over the world. Click here to apply now! 

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.