Professional Fellowships

The U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program connects emerging leaders with government offices, public policy-oriented NGOs, private companies, and university departments for short-term, intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. This unique professional development opportunity provides young global leaders with exposure to U.S. government and civil society processes, hands-on research experience, and a platform to learn and share best practices with their American counterparts. Since 2010, WorldChicago has hosted more than 135 Fellows in the program.

Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI)

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) is the U.S. Department of State's flagship program which aims to promote mutual understanding, enhance entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and build lasting partnerships between business leaders from Europe and the United States.

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Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows Program (PFP)

Two-way, global exchange programs designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from Southeast Europe and the United States.

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Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Progam is a two-way exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is designed to build partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. Participants are placed in four-week fellowships in nonprofit organizations and government offices across Chicago.

For the Central Europe region, WorldChicago partners with the American Councils for International Education, which administers this program.

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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers Latin American entrepreneurs to advance their business knowhow and build their venture (business or enterprise) through exposure to the Chicago entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurs are placed in four-week fellowships at start-ups, small enterprises, small business groups, and NGOs, where they spend time job shadowing, work as part of a team on a project, join client meetings, and do industry-specific research.

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