Two ASMS seniors have recently been selected to study or intern for a year in Germany. Nathan Amos of Baldwin County was named one of twenty to be admitted to the Two Steps Ahead Program at the University of Alabama. Only 100 of the brightest engineering freshmen are considered for the exchange, and the College of Engineering selects 20 students to participate. Amos will spend two summers in intensive German classes, a semester interning with Mercedez-Benz, then a year at Hochschule Esslingen, University of Applied Sciences, where students will also have the opportunity to intern at the headquarters of Mercedez-Benz. The Two Steps Ahead program hopes to provide students training to meet the demand for electric and computer engineers in the automotive industry.
“I have always wanted to study abroad,” Amos states. “This program will give me the cultural experience of an exchange and the career experience of working with a multinational corporation. I’m excited to build on my engineering major while also being abroad.”
Scott Simpson of Lee County will also be spending a year in Germany, but as a gap year with the State Department’s Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX). Students from across the United States apply for this government-sponsored immersion experience, and about 25% of applicants are offered the scholarship. Simpson will spend approximately 10 months abroad to study German with supplemental courses, as a German high school student, and with a host family. The CBYX program was established in 1983 to strengthen the German-American relationship through citizen diplomacy and receives support from Germany’s Bundestag and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs within the U.S. State Department.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity! It’s really all thanks to Frau Hoequist. She’s a phenomenal German teacher, and her constant willingness to encourage and work with me is what allowed me to go the extra mile,” Simpson states.
Both students have studied German here at ASMS with Professor Muriel Hoequist. Hoequist’s classes send students every year to Germany through ASMS’s own exchange program and through externally-sponsored programs. Simpson will be the third ASMS student and eventually one of many ASMS alumni to join the State Department’s International Exchange Alumni and follows Veronica King (class of 2018), who is currently in Germany with the CBYX program. Amos is the first ASMS student to be offered a position with the Two Steps Ahead Program.
This article was written by Madeleine Dotson for the ASMS Marketing Team