Tatjána Turányi from Orosijevo (Sárosoroszi), Ukraine arrived to Washington this summer and will spend 3 months interning at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
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.
Tatjána’s host institution, CEPA, is a non-partisan policy institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Washington and Warsaw. Their mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure and politically free Central and Eastern Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. CEPA is the leading voice on U.S. relations with Central and Eastern Europe.
Tatjána, who is originally from a small town in Transcarpathia, Ukraine holds a graduate degree in Political Science from the National University of Uzhhorod (Uzhhorod, Ukraine) and currently she is pursuing a PhD at Eötvös Loránd University’s Doctoral School of Social Sciences (Budapest, Hungary) researching the time-usage dimensions and habits of Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia.
“I believe that participating in the Coalition Internship Program will provide a great opportunity to acquire additional skills and methods on how to find solutions for the issues of minority politics.”
Prior to her internship, Tatjána worked as an office manager for Enersense Hungary Ltd., a Finnish recruitment and resource management company, specialized in industrial projects in Budapest, Hungary. She is also Vice President of Momentum Doctorandus, an organization of Hungarian PhD Students from Transcarpathia in Berehove, Ukraine and an editor of Scientia Denique, a scientific journal published by Association of Hungarian Students and Young Researchers of Transcarpathia. She is interested in minority policy and speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian fluently and German on an intermediate level.
“I am also interested in the life of the Hungarian diaspora in the United States. I would like to get to know the strategies of how Hungarian Americans cooperate and foster Hungarian culture in those circumstances. As I was born and raised in a Hungarian village in Transcarpathia, I find it useful to exchange and share our experiences with each other.”
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.