[US to Australia ’13] Megan Jones: “Connecting Iowans and Australians”

It is no secret I love my home state of Iowa. I came to Australia naïve about the connection my home state would have with this beautiful country. But just a few days into our trip, it was clear: from … Continue reading

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[Professional Fellows Program spring ’15]: Aushim Merchant: “Redefining my world view”

My Professional Fellows Program (PFP) experience is more than just a cherished memory– it is also a distinct part of who I am today. One of my most recent accomplishments since returning from America is setting up the Mintra Foundation … Continue reading

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[China to US ’15]: “Preparing young political leaders for continued partnership between the US and China”

In September, six geographically and politically diverse emerging leaders from China joined us in the US for a 10-day exchange trip that took them to DC, Orlando, FL and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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[US to Turkey ’15]: “Building political partnerships in an ancient and modern city”

In early September, six American delegates traveled to Turkey for an 11-day exchange trip to learn about Turkish government, culture and society.

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[Model American Congress ’15]: “Gaining Real-World Experience in US Politics”

In late August, eight Egyptian students joined us in DC for Model American Congress. The program is hosted in partnership with Cairo University to bring high achieving students to the US for a two-week intensive program, including a one-week internship in a Senator’s office or committee office.

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[US to Indonesia + Malaysia ’15]: “Building incredible friendships abroad”

In August, seven American delegates traveled to Indonesia and Malaysia for a 10-day exchange trip to the county. While there, they had the opportunity to meet with various high level political officials, ACYPL alumni, and discover the two countries different cultures.

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[US to China ’15] Beth Lewallen: “Exchanges Create A Better World Inside and Outside Our Borders”

On the popular Chinese social media app WeChat, updates shared with friends are entitled “Moments.”  Like Facebook, the “Moments” capture a snapshot of life in China, the thoughts and experiences each user wants to portray.  The term perfectly captures my … Continue reading

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[US to China 2013]: Natalie Joubert: “Reflecting on my ACYPL experience”

It’s been two years since I traveled with ACYPL as part of the delegation to China, but the experience remains one of the more remarkable, fascinating journeys of my life. I dined with millionaire business executives, met with leading Communist … Continue reading

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Fall Intern Applications Now Open

ACYPL is now accepting applications for full or part-time internships for the fall 2015 semester. Start and end dates are flexible and all internships are located in our Washington, DC office. This isn’t your typical internship. ACYPL offers interns an … Continue reading


[Alumni Reflection MAC 2014]: Adel Elhemaily: “A trip that defined my future”

I was lucky enough to participate in the Model American Congress exchange program with ACYPL– a trip that that helped me to clarify why I am very passionate about politics even in this early stage of my 20s.  While it may … Continue reading

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