Placement: Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), Washington D.C.: November 14, 2018 – March 6, 2019
Konrád’s work at IGSD included website and social media platforms management, various research tasks, participation in webinars, proofreading and editing documents and articles, drafting social media strategies for the organization, and monitoring news related to climate change and environmental policies. Konrád was also instrumental in helping the Coalition with its preparations for the annual Mikulás Dinner and its Annual and Board Meetings.
“As a communication intern at IGSD, I was part of a lively and energetic group of people dedicated to environmental protection. The aim of the organization is to help avoid the adverse effects of global warming by phasing out short-lived climate pollutants which are just as harmful to our lives as, for example, carbon dioxide. I learnt a lot about how to communicate this very important and also urgent cause to wider audiences and I believe that I can build on this knowledge in my future. Apart from work I had plenty of time to explore the city and get to know the Hungarian community.”
Konrád Ferenczy holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary). Throughout his university studies, Konrád aimed to supplement his theoretical knowledge with practical experience: he interned at the Department responsible for European Affairs at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Budapest, Hungary); he worked as a Human Rights Education trainee at Amnesty International Hungary (Budapest, Hungary); and he was a Public Relations and Communication intern at WWF Hungary (Budapest, Hungary). Prior to his internship at IGSD, Konrád worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Auditing Ltd. (PwC) as a training coordinator. Konrád is interested in European affairs, human rights, environmental protection, sustainable development and public relations.
Since the implementation of the expanded CIP, 49 students have been sponsored in Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston and New York. This customized program is crucial to the future of the Hungarian American community and the impressive network of young Hungarians who make an immediate and substantive impact in their home countries. The interns build close relations in the US in their professional areas of expertise, and forge strong ties to the Hungarian American community.