Hungarian American Coalition John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program

Gain invaluable work and life experience in Washington, DC, through a customized internship experience linked to the vibrant Hungarian American community and the most-respected umbrella organization. The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition)’s John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program (LTP) was established to allow young Hungarian Americans and well-qualified English-speaking Hungarians from Hungary and neighboring countries to gain first-hand experience at various Washington-based institutions. Participants gain invaluable work experience in the US, learn how Washington DC and American democracy works and build contacts in the US in their professional areas of expertise.

What the opportunity offers

The Hungarian American Coalition’s internship grant covers living and local transportation expenses in the Washington, DC area for the duration of the internship. Following a brief training in Budapest, each intern is placed at a host institution that best matches his/her skills and fields of interest. The internship’s duration will depend on the requirements of the host organization, but will not be longer than four months. Interns are also expected to complete a Coalition project of mutual interest and will have a chance to immerse themselves in the local Hungarian American community as well as participate in training programs with other interns in DC at the same time. Once interns return home, they will be part of the Coalition alumni program which meets periodically and helps with job search.

Application requirements

  • must be a citizen of the United States or Hungary, or member of an ethnic Hungarian community in Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia or Slovenia;
  • must be enrolled as students in their respective countries of origin or in the US, and must have completed at least one full year of their studies; or must be fresh graduates
  • must have proof of excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
  • record of outstanding academic standing;
  • letter of intent and CV in English (please use the Europass format);
  • two letters of recommendation regarding the applicant’s personal and academic achievements

How to apply

There is an online database which enables applicants to submit their applications online. Applicants create a user profile and upload the requested documents. Applications should be submitted by registering at:

More information

For more information on this program or the application process, contact us at:

Visit HAC’s website here; and social media platforms (Facebook here and Instagram here).


This program is supported by the Hungary Foundation and Pannonius Foundation.

For application deadlines please refer to our ‘applications now open’ here (link landing page), or Call For Applications posts in the news section.


For more information please contact the Hungarian American Coalition’s Washington office:

PO Box 57135, Washington, DC 20036.

Tel: (202) 296-9505, Fax: (202) 775-5175 or visit their homepage at:

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