Márton Nagy has come to the U.S. as a Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellow sponsored by the Hungary Foundation. His mission in D.C. is to better understand the American economic and political system and federalism so that he can employ these ideas in his future career in EU-Hungary relations. To achieve his goal, he will be interning at American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force in the next eight weeks. ALEC is America’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. Márton will gain a better understanding of how the 50 states relate to each other and to the federal government through analyzing and commenting on tax and fiscal policy issues from all across the U.S. Márton is also enrolled in an economics and a political philosophy course at George Mason University to complement his internship academically.
Márton’s enthusiasm for European affairs and economic integration studies is also reflected in his academic activities. He is currently writing his thesis on the assessment of the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Funds after having finished his third year at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest with a 4.0 GPA, majoring in International Business Economics. His other research interests are also related to the economics of the European Union, with a special focus on European budgetary issues.
Márton’s engagement in public life is also shown by his active participation in many extracurricular activities. He has been a member of the School of International Relations at Mathias Corvinus Collegium up until 2022 when he joined the Széchenyi István College for Advanced Studies to deepen his knowledge of public economics. There, he currently serves his term as an elected member of the Committee for Academic Activities, responsible for the organization of academic life at the college.
Márton always strived for challenging himself in competitive international environments. He successfully completed a course on European affairs at the prestigious SciencesPo Paris Summer School last July. He has also actively participated in international conferences such as the Future European Leaders Forum in Prague or the ConSIMium program in Brussels. Therefore, he is well equipped with the toolset to achieve his goals in the politically most vibrant city in the world.
“I have always admired how only a handful of determined pilgrims could lay the foundations of what we now call the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth. I embark on my D.C. jouney with like determination to uncover to intricacies of U.S. federalism – and in the meantime, grow both personally and professionally in the most challeging environment I have ever been in.” – Márton Nagy
Márton is an enthusiastic amateur home cook. While in D.C., he even plans to organize a palacsinta-party to introduce his American friends and coworkers to this Hungarian treat.