Top students from the University Alliance Ruhr (TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum, and University of Duisburg-Essen) are annually selected to acquire hands-on experience as one of our Transatlantic Ruhr fellows.

The fellows will participate in a summer school on topics such as entrepreneurship, global markets and regional labor relations and a leadership skills seminar in New York City while gaining hands-on experience during their internships at companies and international organisations.

As part of our program, the fellows will also be introduced to our strategic partner Lehigh University and enjoy a range of cultural activities.


Khanh Viet Nguyen

is a postgraduate student in Automotive Engineering & Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Following his passion for cultural exchange, he enjoys travelling and has already spent a semester abroad in Riga, Latvia. After completing his undergraduate studies, he gained work experience at BOSCH as a young professional, while having previously in his bachelor studies completed various internships in consulting, purchasing and project management. His field of interest lies within automation and data analysis. In his free time, he likes to practice martial arts and is a passionate cook, especially in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Patrick Ruhland

studies Automotive Engineering and Management in his master’s program at University of Duisburg-Essen. As a working student at Aon Germany, he is responsible for customer relationship management. Following his passion for traveling and meeting people from all over the world, Patrick completed a 7-months internship in Brussels at AUDI. During his bachelor’s he also gained practical knowledge in digitalization, project management and logistics through various internships. He looks forward to learning about the corporate culture in the US while living in NYC, his #1 city of choice. In his free time, he enjoys doing any kind of sports like biking or skiing

Michelle Roskosch

is an International Relations and Development Policy (MA) student. While ambitiously finalizing her degree at the University of Duisburg-Essen, she is very engaged in student life, particularly helping international students to make themselves a home. New York’s tri-state area and the East-Coast became Michelle’s second home after completing her bachelors degree in Global and Transnational Sociology with a DAAD scholarship at Lehigh University and spending another year in Washington DC.
Her work experiences vary from business development and geoanalytics to global health and international and federal crisis response. She likes to hop on her bike for a long tour and finishes her day with a culinary highlight – ideally with her friends.

Sven Borgschulze

is a student in the master’s program Cultural Analysis and Cultural Intermediation with a focus on art science. He has previously gotten a bachelor’s degree for teaching in secondary schools with the subjects English and Arts. Throughout his professional career he has gained experience through internships and employments, for example at an EF Language School in Eastbourne, England and the Equality Office of the TU Dortmund. He currently works at the Campus Stadt, which is the exhibition space of his university, in the Dortmunder U, the city’s cultural center. He is very excited about the opportunity to gain professional experience in the United States of America as he likes to travel and wants to build an international career in the cultural sector.

Frederik Schreiber

pursues a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology at Ruhr University Bochum. Originally a professional Judo athlete who trained at the Olympic training center in Cologne as part of the German national team, he had the chance to visit foreign countries as a German representative. Frederik majored in psychology from the University of Cologne. After retiring from professional sports in 2021, he enrolled at the RUB, became project lead at the student management consultancy Campus for Company e.V. and joined the corporate transformation team at RWE to support Germany’s energy transition.

Mona Rosenberg

is an English/American Studies and Gender Studies student in the master’s program at Ruhr-University Bochum. Her interests lie primarily in the field of Cultural Studies and modern European and North American cultural history and politics. She gained experience in the field of press and public relations and worked as a research assistant at the chair of American Studies. Mona is strongly involved in volunteering, holding political and activist work close to her heart. Therefore, she is active in various student bodies and initiatives at RUB. In her free time, she is passionate about traveling, attending cultural events, and spending quality time with friends.

Silas Fischer

is in his final year of his M.Sc. program in Industrial Engineering at TU Dortmund. He lived and worked as a volunteer in Mexico for a year before starting his studies. He still feels strongly connected to Mexican culture, which is why he serves in the board of a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural exchange with Mexico. During his studies, he was able to gain a wide range of practical experience. Most recently, he worked as a visiting consultant at Deutsche Bahn’s management consultancy. Silas is a passionate soccer player, enjoys hiking, and loves learning about new cultures and places.

Niklas Mergner

is a student in the Master’s program in Business and Economics at TU Dortmund University with a major in Management and Organizations. He is living in Iserlohn and is working in Marketing and Brand Management at a medium sized company in Unna. In addition, he is also a student tutor for Econometrics. After his studies, he will start a job as a Research Assistant at University of Hagen. This will be his first time visiting the United States and he is excited about the fellowship program. Niklas has a passion for travelling and enjoys doing voluntary work for his hometown’s soccer club. Sports is a big part of his life, especially playing ice hockey and soccer.

Mariana Bittermann

is a German-Brazilian Master student of Philosophy and Political Science. Driven by her passion for foreign languages and other cultures, she has lived and studied in Spain and Portugal and participated in academic excursions to Peru and Indonesia. She gained practical experience as a research assistant and tutor at her study department of TU Dortmund University and project coordinator of “Let’s Talk”, an initiative that offers support to the LGBTIQ community in Dortmund. she has also worked as a freelance journalist and creative writing teacher. When Mariana is not busy with volunteering, she enjoys hiking, photography, and literature.

Leonie Gimbel

is in the last year of her B.Sc. studies in Business and Economics at TU Dortmund University. She spent a semester abroad in Athens and worked in the International Office of her university to support students who are planning to go abroad. Prior to her studies, she gained work experience the FMCG industry, where she supported the German Marketing department in Customer Relationship Management. Leonie had the pleasure to visit NYC during vacation a couple of years ago and is, therefore, excited to have the opportunity to work and live there for the duration of the TRF program. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new countries and cultures as well as playing tennis and skiing. 

Maximilian Schmidt

is a master’s student in work, organizational and business Psychology with a strong interest in statistics and data science. His diverse work experience enabled him to explore career options. The TRF will introduce him to a new entrepreneurial environment and working culture and enhance his profile in business development. Through various stays abroad during high school and university, Max’s idea of living and working in different countries has manifested itself. He also values the promotion of cultural understanding and social equality through volunteering. He enjoys cooking, Latin dance events, as well as swimming and working out.

Eugen Mangazeev

is in the final year of his master’s program Markets and Firms at University of Duisburg-Essen. After gaining work experience in different audit and valuation companies in Shanghai, Moscow, and Essen he realized that his true passion is not only about finance and international business, but also about entrepreneurship and innovation. As a venture controller at Crealize GmbH, a company creator and venture capital investor, he is responsible not only for the financial planning and controlling of start-ups, but also for the cash management of the fund. In addition to the topics of start-ups and finance, Eugen is enthusiastic about different cultures, basketball, and classic rock music. Alongside his studies, he volunteers as a basketball referee and manager of the German-Chinese school choir “Burg Chinese Chorus”.

Till Schmitz

is studying Business Administration and Economics in the master’s program at the TU Dortmund University. His main areas of interest are entrepreneurship and innovation/ technology management. In the current academic year, Till completed one semester in Austria and one in Korea. He was also able to gain international experience through various other programs, including Lehigh University’s Global Village Program. Till has gained practical experience in the insurance, e-commerce and entertainment industries through various internships. Currently, he is working as a student research assistant at the Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at TU Dortmund University. Furthermore, he loves hiking and skiing in the mountains and learning about new cultures.

Franziska Wyschka

is currently enrolled as a master’s student in the Business & Economics program at TU Dortmund University, majoring in Digitalization & Entrepreneurship. Before, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). During her bachelor’s studies, she spent time abroad at universities in France and South Korea. She also worked as an intern at the German-Polish Chamber of Commerce (Wroclaw, Poland), BMW Group (Munich, Germany), and BMW India (Delhi, India). She gained further work experience in a consulting firm in Dublin, Ireland. Franziska is passionate about international exchange and enjoys good food, hiking, and backpacking.





You are currently enrolled as a Bachelor or Master student at one of the three UA Ruhr universities (RUB, TUD, UDE) in any subject available (Engineering, Economics, Humanities, STEM, Social Sciences, etc.)?

You are interested in an intercultural exchange and ready to experience the professional working environment in the New York metropolitan area and expand your network?

Become a part of our next #TRF Cohort!


  • Motivational letter (max 2 pages) in English
  • US resume / CV
  • Proof of English sufficiency of B2 or higher (high school diploma, DAAD language certification, TOEFL, Kaplan)
  • Official transcript of records (in English)
  • Letter of recommendation by a teacher or professor of your faculty