Introducing Hungarian American Coalition’s First 2019 Intern Balázs Rudinszky

Balázs Rudinszky, from Eger, Hungary arrived to Washington this spring 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.

Balázs Rudinszky

Balázs’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. Their analysts and fellows provide insights on developments in the region to government officials and agencies, major corporations and the international media.

Balázs Rudinszky is a recent law graduate from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). He also spent a year as an exchange student at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom). He is a member of the Public Law Scientific Student Association and the university’s Price Media Moot Court team. In the spring of 2017 Balázs served as an intern at the Office of the National Assembly of Hungary, and most recently completed an internship at Allen & Overy Law Firm in Budapest, Hungary. He has also volunteered for the Association of Conscious Consumers, an NGO which promotes ethical, environmental, and socially conscious consumption and lifestyle choices.

Balázs is interested in cross-border relations within the EU and between the US and the EU, international market regulations, competition law, intellectual property, human rights protection and energy policy. He is fluent in English and has basic conversational skills in Italian.

“I consider this internship to be an unparalleled opportunity and an exciting challenge. My ultimate goal in the future is to work anywhere in connection with the United States and foreign affairs and take part in public service.”

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.

Balázs Rudinszky with Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, Executive Vice President of CEPA