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Hungarian American Coalition Receives Grants from the Hungary Initiatives Foundation and Pannonius Foundation for the 2018 Coalition Internship Program

Washington, DC – The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) has received a grant of $80,000 from the Hungary Initiatives Foundation (HIF) and $15,000 from the Pannonius Foundation to underwrite its Coalition Internship Program (CIP) through December 2018.

CIP is actively searching for qualified applicants for eight internship positions across three sessions of four-months each in 2018 – Spring, Summer and Fall. To learn more about how to apply to this flagship program, please click here.

The CIP, a signature leadership-development training program of the Coalition was established in 2005.  Following on the heels of the successful White House and Congressional Internship Programs, CIP has the goal of bringing English-speaking Hungarians from Hungary and the neighboring countries and Hungarian Americans, to gain first-hand work and life experience at various Washington, DC-based institutions.

CIP participants learn about the workings of both the U.S. government and the non-profit world through assignments to think tanks and non-governmental organizations. In addition, participants complete a Coalition research project to become familiar with the vibrant Hungarian-American community. Their experiences are customized to their areas of interest and help them establish contacts in the U.S. in their chosen field, and motivate them to enter public service in their country of origin.

Host institutions have included: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Heritage Foundation; William Penn Association and the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation; German Marshall Fund of the United Sates; Global Entrepreneurship Network; Meridian House International; Design Museum Boston; The European Institute; International Market Analysis; Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development; Pinnacle Care Health Advisory; Center for Open Data Enterprise; Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA); Experience Corps; International Cybersecurity Dialogue; Blue Medium, Inc.; Marymount University; Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG), etc.

Eighty-two students have completed the Coalition Internship Program since 2005.

The Hungary Initiatives Foundation has funded the program in part since 2013. HIF is an independent, U.S.-based non-partisan and non-profit organization committed to strengthening the understanding and cooperation between Hungary and the United States of America. The Foundation is the first of its kind in the long history of the Hungarian diaspora. The Foundation’s goal is to take an active part in the educational, academic, personal, and professional exchange between Hungary and the United States. For more information, go to the organization’s website.

The Pannonius Foundation is a private foundation established to support cultural and educational initiatives and human rights programs in the Hungarian American community and throughout the Carpathian Basin.  The Foundation has made a three-year pledge to support CIP. 


February 1, 2018 | Washington, DC

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