Ármin recently arrived in Washington D.C. to participate in the Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the Hungary Foundation and organized by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). For the next eight weeks, he will work as an outreach representative for an advisory group called “The Madison Coalition.” Because The Madison Coalition focuses on three US constitutional amendments, Ármin’s duties are diverse. Restrictions over Covid-19 did not stop Ármin from quickly catching up with US legislative and government affairs.
In addition to working with The Madison Coalition, Ármin has been enrolled in two classes at George Mason University—a prestigious, higher-education facility. One class focuses on political economy studies, while the other investigates the intricacies of public policy. Ármin’s professors have impressive academic and professional backgrounds. One of them formerly served as a Congressional Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor at the US Department of Labor, another was the Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education, and is now the current Academic Director for TFAS.
“I am thrilled to see what comes of the upcoming weeks. There will be case studies, op-eds, and countless mind-provoking discussions. I’ll have the opportunity to accumulate theoretic knowledge in the classroom, and then will be able to apply it in the real world, whether it be using it in legislative institutions or at lunch with a lobbyist.” – Ármin Ladányi
Back at home, in Hungary, Ármin is responsible for an organization of 1200 people, the Youth Business Group Holding, whose goal is to build up Europe’s biggest, most advanced university student organization-based talent hub. The inspiration and genuine knowledge-sharing from professors, supervisors, workfellows, roommates, and, last but not least, from the Hungary Foundation staff, make this experience complete, and help, on the one hand, to build up US-Hungarian bridges, and on the other hand, to import policy management knowledge to Hungary.
About the Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship
The 2021 Summer Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship is a full scholarship for students from Hungary to participate in The Fund for American Studies summer programs in Washington DC.
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. HF’s scholarship covers full tuition and a living stipend for the duration of the program.