Fellowship Program Fosters International Exchange of Ideas, Process

(MADISON) Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) will host Mustafa Yikilmaz of Turkey this month while he is participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program, a two-way exchange embracing the power of individuals to find solutions to common challenges.  In total, 200 leaders form more than 45 countries and territories will participate in the Professional Fellows Program this May and June, featuring a short-term assignment with U.S. organizations such as government offices, media outlets, non-profit organizations, or businesses. 

Mustafa currently works as an advisor to Hüseyin Bürge, a member of Turkish Parliament.  Throughout the month of May, he will work closely with Senator Taylor’s Office to learn first-hand how issues in state and local government are addressed in the United States.

“I am honored to be hosting Mustafa.  This is a great opportunity for our offices to exchange ideas and promote a better understanding of the legislative and political process across countries.  I know I speak for myself and my staff when I say we are looking forward to having yet another perspective within the office.  I expect that this will be a valuable learning experience for all of us,” said Senator Taylor. 

As the concluding piece of the fellowship, Mustafa and the other 200 participants will travel to Washington D.C., where they will take part in the Professional Fellows Congress.  This marks the culmination of the experience by providing an opportunity for the fellows to share their knowledge and gain key insights into effective leadership models from a variety of organizations. 

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works to build relationships between countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships.