Konrád Ferenczy from Budapest, Hungary arrived to Washington this fall and will spend 4 months at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. With HIF’s support, the Hungarian American Coalition’s Internship Program will be hosting eight interns in 2018 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.
Konrád’s host institution, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)works to promote just and sustainable societies and to protect the environment by advancing the understanding, development, and implementation of effective, and accountable systems of governance for sustainable development. IGSD has a broad range of projects in a variety of regions. Its members include practitioners and scholars from a variety of developed and developing countries – including lawyers, political scientists, economists, scientists and others – representing a diversity of geographic regions, and a wide range of cultural, legal and political traditions.
Konrád Ferenczy holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary). Throughout his university studies, Konrád aimed to supplement his theoretical knowledge with practical experience: he interned at the Department responsible for European Affairs at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Budapest, Hungary); he worked as a Human Rights Education trainee at Amnesty International Hungary (Budapest, Hungary); and he was a Public Relations and Communication intern at WWF Hungary (Budapest, Hungary).
“I am greatly devoted to promoting environmental protection and sustainable development. On the long run, I would love to work for an international organization with a mission that I can identify with. I believe that this internship could help me reach this goal.”
Prior to his internship at IGSD, Konrád worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Auditing Ltd. (PwC) as a training coordinator. Konrád is interested in European affairs, human rights, environmental protection, sustainable development and public relations. He speaks English fluently and Spanish on an intermediate level.
Through assignments to think tanks and non-government organizations, CIP participants learn about the workings of both the U.S. government and the non-profit 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.