Márton Zsuráfszky from Budapest, Hungary arrived to Washington this fall and will spend 4 months at Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). 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.
Márton’s host institution is CEPA, a non-profit 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. Through written analysis and public events, they educate policymakers on the need for sustained engagement, help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes and build networks of future leaders. CEPA’s analytical team consists of the world’s leading experts on Central and Eastern Europe.
Márton Zsuráfszky is an undergraduate student studying International Relations at Corvinus University Budapest (Budapest, Hungary). Márton is a member of the largest student organization of Corvinus University, called Studium Generale where he teaches history for students in the 11th and 12th grade on a weekly basis and he also organizes debate forums for his students. Márton is also a semi-professional folk-dancer and member of the Bartók Dance Ensemble of Budapest. Márton is interested in European studies, Central European affairs, international history, international political relations, and international economics. He speaks English and Spanish on an intermediate level.
“I am very excited to gain first-hand professional experience and explore networking opportunities in the United States. My goal is to getting to know Washington-based institutions, learn about the American political and administrative system as well as to promote Hungarian culture in Washington DC and share with the Hungarian American community what my parents taught me about Hungarian folk dance throughout my life.”
Through assignments to think tanks and non-government organizations, LTP 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.