Flóra Anna Adouki from Nagymegyer (Veľký Meder), Slovakia arrived to Washington this spring and will spend 4 months at the Atlantic Council. With HIF’s support, the Hungarian American Coalition’s John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program (formerly Coalition Internship Program) will be hosting seven interns in 2019 to provide first-hand experience at various Washington-based institutions. Internship participants are also expected to complete a Coalition research project that enables them to become familiar with the Hungarian-American Community.
Flóra’s host institution is the Atlantic Council, a research institute which promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders.
Since its inception, the Council has administered programs to examine political and economic as well as security issues, and to cover Asia, the Americas and other regions in addition to Europe All its programs are, however, based on the conviction that a healthy transatlantic relationship is fundamental to progress in organizing a strong international system.
Flóra Anna Adouki is an undergraduate student in International Relations at Corvinus University Budapest (Budapest, Hungary). To gain international experience, Flóra has already spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway) and she has just completed a semester as an exchange student at the University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). Throughout her university studies, Flóra aimed to supplement her theoretical knowledge with practical experience, so she volunteered at the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta (Budapest, Hungary), worked as an Event and Communications Manager at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (Budapest, Hungary) and interned at the International Organization for Migration (Budapest, Hungary).
Flóra is also a student at Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies (SZIK) Leadership Program (Budapest, Hungary), where she is an International Affairs team leader. Flóra is interested in international relations, European cohesion policies, human rights, migration and minority politics. She speaks English and Slovakian fluently, and Norwegian at a basic level.
“Growing up in Slovakia with a diverse cultural heritage, I have experienced the challenges of intercultural communication, cultural identity and minority politics from a very young age. This influenced my career choice and my passion for human rights. I believe that the knowledge and skills I acquire in the US will contribute to my aim to empower minorities and find solutions for the issues of minority politics.”
Through assignments to think tanks and non-government organizations, LTP participants learn about the workings of both the U.S. government and the nonprofit world. Their experience helps them establish contacts in the U.S. in their chosen field, and motivates them to enter public service in their country of origin.