Márton Hegedüs arrived in DC in early June for his eight-week internship as part of the summer program of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) supported by the Hungary Initiatives Foundation. Márton is in the Public Policy and Economics program and has an elective course in Ethical Leadership. This summer, he has the chance to study different American economic policy issues, read classics like Plato, and discuss issues of moral philosophy.
“Washington is just as busy as I imagined it to be. But it is not a headlong rush, everyone is calm and kind on the streets, in the shops and in the office as well.”
In addition to his classes at George Mason University, Márton will be interning at RumbleUp, the biggest peer-to-peer texting platform and one of the most dynamically developing technology startups in the US. Márton’s goal at RumbleUp is to gain experience in the American startup sphere. He hopes to learn how to structure a rapidly growing business, acquire investments from venture capital firms, and cultivate relationships with potential clients in DC. He also appreciates the friendly environment of RumbleUp.
“I was treated from the very first minute as a valuable full time employee. They truly want me to have the best experience…Being handled as one of the colleagues and being listened to in meetings is something that shows how seriously RumbleUp takes this internship. This attitude inspires me to give my best and earn their respect by delivering great work as well.”
When Márton has time to relax and explore DC, he enjoys going for a morning run along the Lincoln and Washington monuments.
About the Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship
The 15 week program includes an internship placement in Washington DC, academic credit from George Mason University, housing in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. HIF’s scholarship covers full tuition and a living stipend for the duration of the program.