HAESF The Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund

Participant Bloggers

More than an internship—a life changing experience.
What can your story be in the United States?

Bloggers

Henrietta Papp

Henrietta Papp

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Bethesda, Maryland

Last Seen: Showing my hometown and surroundings to my best friend

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I choose a career in biology particularly because I wish to help the work of medical sciences through laboratory research. From the diverse world of biology, microbiology - more specifically virology - is what is the most interesting to me. With the help of the HAESF Professional Internship Program I am going to work in molecular virology laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. I consider myself very lucky to have the chance to be an intern at a top notch institute, learn from very qualified scientists, work with state of art equipment and live within easy reach of Washington D.C. I am sure I will have the time of my life.

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Patrik Farkas

Patrik Farkas

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: Houston, TX @ Douglas-Westwood

Last Seen: saying good bye to my friends in one of the famous ruin pubs of Budapest, right after I arrived from Paris, BCG's 2014 Strategy Workshop in Solar Energy

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Energy. This word describes me perfectly. Not only because I recently graduated as an Energy Engineer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, but because I am a really energetic person; passionate about discovering new places, meeting new people and getting new experiences. I will work in the energy capital of the World, where the roads are the widest, steaks are the biggest and the temperature is constantly above 35 Celsius degrees from June to September. There are more than 6000 energy companies headquartered in Houston with 50 000+ professionals, thus I am sure I will be at the perfect place to get insights into the rapidly growing oil and gas industry of the US.

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Kinga Lakatos

Kinga Lakatos

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: UC Davis Health System, Stem Cell Program

Last Seen: I consider myself a very curious person. The eagerness to know all the things possible, has led me to medical school, where I was introduced to the greatest secrets of all: the human life. When I started my clinical practice, I realized that meeting ill people, establishing a sympathetic relationship with them has become my passion.

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Being a part of the healing process and helping patients, to reach their physical and mental well-being, is the best job I can ever dream of. Before starting my everyday clinical practice, I wanted to further evaluate the depths of cell biology. So after graduating from Semmelweis University, I decided to go for PhD. In western civilizations, the leading cause of mortality is cardiovascular disease. This could be cured by repairing or replacing the impaired tissue by stem cells. After two years of mesenchymal stem cell research, I felt that I needed to further advance myself in my profession and learn new techniques. And that, I felt, could be done by spending some time in a prestigious US laboratory. This was when I found out about HAESF and learned about this great opportunity. I was offered an internship at the UC Davis School of Medicine Stem Cell Laboratory in Sacramento, California. My future professors were really kind and welcoming. I look forward to being a part of a great research team and feel the atmosphere of high-end science. We will work on bringing scientific results closer to clinical practice and applicability.

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Krisztina Nascso

Krisztina Nascso

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: New York @ The Hungarian Human Rights Foundation

I like to think of myself as an open-minded, ambitious and socially sensitive person who is eager to make a change in this world. Currently, I am a final year law student at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest and I also complemented my studies in Luxembourg as an exchange student; therefore, I have a wide range of interests, and a quite diverse professional background.

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After winning a prominent international scholarship at an early age, I decided to do something in my life that matters. I have always been interested in constitutional law and human rights, so I paid a great deal of attention to minority rights during my university studies. In my opinion, we need to enable all minority communities to claim their rightful place in society. Besides improving the legal environment, it is also essential to support the work of non-governmental organizations as they have played a primary role in focusing the attention of the international community on human rights issues. My aim is to make NGOs more popular and effective in Central and Eastern Europe and I would also like to contribute to the legislation of the European Union concerning minority rights.

The HAESF program provides me with a great opportunity to further my professional skills and to discover my hidden abilities. I am looking forward to learning and challenging myself!

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Anett Soti

Anett Soti

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: Boston Consulting Group, NY City

Curiosity, people and desire for new knowledge are my three inner drivers in my life. I have always been passionate about communities, organizations and brands since I was a kid, and I want to do something for them as my career. I can easily take the lead and facilitate things, yet I am also a team worker. People give me energy. Different cultures and nations give me the inspiration. I have a strong passion for strategic project management with impactful purposes and goals. I follow in my everyday life the advice of Mahatma Gandhi: „You must be the change you want to see in the world”.

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I spent one year of high school and earned my B.A. studies in Germany. I attended the International Summer School (ISS) in 2011 in Norway. I was granted with the Oslo Vest Rotary’s “Young Friends” Scholarship. I was educated in peace and conflict management at the Norwegian Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue. I took part in several Youth in Action (YiA) training programs and was member of the National Working Group on Structured Dialogue in Hungary (instrument of the new European Union Youth Field Cooperation Framework 2010-2018).

I am now pursuing a Communication Master’s degree with an emphasis on Cultural Industries and Strategic Communications Planning, and I already have a B.A. degree in International Communication and Broadcast Journalism. Besides my Master’s studies, I worked in the Communication and Social Awareness working group of the first official Hungarian Team „Odooproject” in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition which was organized first by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2002.

During my Professional Internship Program, I believe that I could learn how to develop my ability to bring together industry, content and media expertise to realize innovative ideas, implement communication strategies, raise campaigns, and manage events for clients on both sides: industries and communities. Besides this, I could also gain practices in consumer and community outreach and reputation management. I find that the U.S. market sets the pace in science, citizenship, and CSR related communication and my aim is to keep up with recently emerging up-to-date marketing tools, issues and trends of this kind of communication in order to become an effective and well-informed leader in my community. I love the way how they turn inspiration into marketable solutions, and above all, using a synthesizing approach as well as recent examples and case studies. I want to support companies and in the future in acquainting their core values to the public and also helping them to create integrated campaigns that bring together different stakeholders, implement public-private partnerships, CSR strategies and better positioning. After my internship, I would love to be an expert in how to create strong narratives and initiate actions which can lead to engage customers, communities, subgroups, collaborators, different stakeholders in the same issue. I would love to see and learn how to activate our messages across key channels and map path that can engage key players in a story.

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Balazs Szalai

Balazs Szalai

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: Altaeros, Energies, Boston

Last Seen: Talking with my friends when they would like to visit me in the USA

I was born as the child of two forest engineers, so I had the chance to learn how important the environment is even in my early years. I think this is one of the most dominating things in my life.

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I proved my logical and mathematical skills from my early years of school by wining competitions.

When I had to decide what I would like to do for living, I had no doubt that I have to be an engineer. I feel lucky because University of Pannonia gave me the chance to meet with great people and to be part of a professionally and socially active group. Besides the numerous student competitions, I also took part in organizing university events and dance performances at the University.

In my Bachelor’s thesis I had the pleasure of taking part in a development project at Continental Teves Ltd. There, I learnt that I still have a lot to learn, but that if I try hard enough nothing is impossible.

Now, as I graduated with a Master’s degree in Mechatronical Engineering, I would like to work in the development of alternative energies. In my opinion, alternative energy is not only for protecting the environment, but it is a logical and required decision in the long run. As energy is the most important base of our world, the development of alternative energy is similarly important. Since there is no place where I could learn more about this field than in the centre of technical development , United States, the Professional Internship Program of HAESF gives me a great chance to get closer to my goal.

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Zoltan Szekely-Madai

Zoltan Szekely-Madai

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: Hungarian Human Rights Foundation, New York

Last Seen: I was born in Budapest and I grew up in a family of teachers. My mother is a high school mathematics and physics teacher, and both my father and my older brother are history teachers.

My graduation thesis reviewed and assessed the political representation of Hungarians living in Slovakia between 1989 and 2009. During the research and preparation of my thesis, I became very passionate about this topic. Since then, I have closely followed the political, economic and social developments concerning Hungarian communities in neighboring countries.

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After receiving my college degree, I decided to carry on the 'family business' and I applied for a pedagogy course. Currently, I am enrolled at Eötvös Loránd University, where I am working towards a degree in history and multicultural studies education. After receiving my pedagogy degree, I plan to build a career that combines my passions for teaching and advocacy, as well as for studying and advancing the social and political representation of Hungarian minorities living abroad.

My participation in the HAESF program allows me to further the development of my own career by providing invaluable expertise and experience.

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Eva Wisniewski

Eva Wisniewski

Country: Hungary

Where in the USA: Washington, D.C. at National Institutes of Health

Last Seen: Ever since I can remember, I have always been the type of person interested in the biological aspect of our lives. Based on my curiosity, eagerness to learn and my perfectionist personality, there was no question that I would like to attend medical university. Now as a freshly graduated medical doctor, I am truly amazed with my field of study, because being able to restore human health is priceless. However, I consider the investigation of the molecular basis of health and disease to be exceptionally important as well.

During my studies at Semmelweis University in Budapest, I was working at the Department of Physiology as a research student for four years, investigating the role and regulation of a leukocyte-specific protein during phagocytosis. These years expanded my knowledge of a diverse and rapidly advancing field and captured my scientific curiosity, leading me to participate in a Ph.D. program (Cellular and Molecular Physiology) afterwards. Beyond my research activity, I also participated in the physiology education of second year German students, and was a mentor of the Erasmus Student Network.

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Living in a small country like Hungary, command of foreign languages is incredibly important for me, allowing me to participate in international collaborations and to understand scientific articles. After spending a semester in Germany and attending several international conferences, I understood that enhancing and understanding of a language is best achieved in immersing yourself within the surrounding culture. In addition, valuable friendships and professional networking opportunities gained abroad make future collaborations considerably easier and, importantly, more fun.

Having the privilege to participate in the Professional Internship Program of HAESF, I feel lucky and motivated. Spending a year in one of the most prominent research institutes of the United States and working with open-minded, talented people, would be certainly challenging but undoubtedly a lifelong experience. It also would allow me to become acquainted with new methods and improve my professional self-reliance. Later on, I aim to work at the interface of experimental basic science and clinical medicine thus helping to develop new and personalized medicines.

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