Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship
Year: 2023 Summer
Host Institution: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Quote: “My primary objective over the summer is to not only experience behind-the-scenes work at a trade association that represents a major sector of the American economy but also further enhance my knowledge and skills on governmental affairs and advocacy issues and practices.”
Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org
Barna Péterfi experienced his first intercultural exchange in high school where he participated in the American Field Service (AFS) Intercultural Programs’ exchange year organized in Russia. Since then, he has been an advocate for the importance of understanding national and transnational cultural characteristics from both the Eastern and Western parts of the world. Finishing his high school in Hungary this has led Barna to apply to the University of Edinburgh where he is currently a 2nd-year student majoring in Russian Studies and Politics. For his third year, he will be participating in a university-led placement program where he will live and gain professional experience in the Baltic states.
Founded in 1913, ASLRRA proudly represents the entrepreneurial owners and operators of short line and regional railroads throughout North America. These approximately 600 small businesses play a vital role in the hub-and-spoke transportation network, often providing the first-mile/last-mile connection between farmers and manufacturers and the ultimate consumer.