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CONTACT: Susie P. Gonzalez

April 20, 2010


Trinity Student to Participate in German Exchange for Professionals


Hunter Banister

SAN ANTONIO – Hunter Banister, a Trinity University sophomore from Knoxville, has been chosen to participate in the 2010-11 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.


Only 75 students, and only one from Trinity, were selected from 630 applicants for the yearlong federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. As part of the exchange, Mr. Banister will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field.  Participants in the program are placed throughout Germany, and have the opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.


Mr. Banister is majoring in engineering science and is pursuing a second major in German. He held an engineering internship last summer in the facilities management department of the Tennessee Valley Authority and learned about the fellowship from Mahbub Uddin, professor of engineering science at Trinity. He also was supported by Heather Sullivan, associate professor of German. The application process was extensive and included an interview in Austin. While at Trinity, Mr. Banister has been a member of the University’s swimming and diving teams.


Since 1984, about 1,500 Americans have been awarded the opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Mr. Banister will be participating in the 27th year of the program.


Conceived and supported by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament [Bundestag], the program is financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and by the Bundestag. Participants come from nearly every career field and from all over the United States.


The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, vocational, and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply. Visit for more information.




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