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Allison Steger Awarded 2020 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Allison Steger

Allison Steger is a fourth-year history major (minor in German and certificate in museum studies) from Dubuque, Iowa.

"I want to work in the museum field, specifically in collections management. I have a passion for studying Cold War German history, especially the social and economic impacts of life in divided Berlin and life after reunification. Germany seemed like a great fit because I would be experiencing and seeing Berlin rather than just reading about it in a book. I also decided to intern in Germany because they have a lot of museums, so I can get hands-on learning with a subject I’m interested in and I could improve my German skills when I’m there.
Studying abroad is important to me because it helps expand one’s awareness of other cultures than your own. It also provides you an opportunity for independence and building your skills, which in turn will help one build their future. I have never gone outside the United States so I was really excited to use my German skills there, learn more about the culture, and experience what I want to do for a career, but unfortunately, my internship was canceled because of COVID-19."

Visit International Program's website to read more about the Eight UI students awarded 2020 Gilman scholarships.