On December 21st 2017, most of the Spanish alumni of the Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Program gathered in Madrid to celebrate the 10th edition of this exchange program for youth. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short term exchange program created in 2006 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. The initiative was named after this great American statesman and diplomat, to honor the inspiration his life and career provided to those who work to strengthen transatlantic cooperation. Thus, the purpose of the program is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values. The four week program enables participants to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity. For the Embassy, the reunion was a great opportunity to share ideas and to renew the already close ties we maintain with these exchange grantees. For the alumni, it was a unique occasion to get to know the Embassy and its work better, and to connect with important alumni groups and resources.
If you are between 16 and 18 years of age, we encourage you compete to become a member of this selected group of young alumni. The next program will take place in June and July of 2018 hosted by Wake Forest University (WFU) in North Carolina. To apply, please check the Call for Applications to the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute here. Deadline for receiving applications is Friday February 16, 2018 – 6 PM.