2023 Interns


Marta Gajda

Marta Gajda internship was sponsored by Fundacja Edukacyjnej Przedsiębiorczości (Program Stypendiów Pomostowych).

Marta is doing her internship at the Office of Representative Mike Quigley (D, IL-5th). Marta is a law student at the University of Silesia in Katowice, specializing in criminal law and criminology. She gained practical experience through internships at the Ministry of Digitization of the Republic of Poland and the European Parliament in Brussels. In her community, Marta founded the Youth Council of the Pawłowice Municipality and serves as a councillor for the Youth Council of the Silesian Voivodeship. She spearheaded a successful social campaign promoting Polish Sign Language called "Show it!" which earned recognition as the best project in the Silesian Voivodeship. Marta is an active member of the Zwolnieni z Teorii Foundation, where she mentors and supports the development of over 20 social projects. She is also a recipient of the Educational Enterprise Foundation Scholarship and a fellow of the Clinton Global Initiative for 2022/2023. In her free time, Marta enjoys sports and is learning Chinese.


Krzysztof Erdt

Krzysztof Erdt attended a double-internship TFLF&PGZ program sponsored by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA! 

Krzysztof is doing his internship at the Office of Representative Jimmy Gomez (D, CA-34).

Krzysztof graduated with first-class honors from Warsaw University of Technology this spring with a Master’s in Automatic Control, Robotics and Industrial Information Technology. His thesis regarded the analysis of norms outlining a unified and streamlined digital transformation of the manufacturing industries .

He has been working as a software engineer for the last two and a half years, as a consultant and a chatbot developer. His professional and personal interests are developments and regulations regarding AI, cybersecurity, and the general technology industry.

In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and Drag Race, as well as playing padel.


Konrad Rajchel

Konrad Rajchel internship was sponsored by Program Stypendiów Pomostowych! 

Konrad is doing his internship at the Office of Representative Larry Bucshon (R, IN-08) .

Konrad has just obtained his bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems at SGH Warsaw School of Economics. In his thesis, he was investigating the impact of decisions made by central banks on the WIG20 stock market index.

In addition, Konrad spent his second year of studies at Bilkent University , Ankara. This fall, he is starting a master’s degree in QEM SGH -Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics.

Konrad had several professional experiences, e.g., interning in the Ministerstwo Finansów and National Bank of Poland  Due to extraordinary results in learning, he was awarded a scholarship by Educational Enterprise Foundation.

Konrad is engaged in many extracurricular activities. Last academic year, he voluntarily was the Ambassador of the Ministry of Finance and in the upcoming academic year, he will be the Ambassador of AICPA&CIMA. Also, during the last academic year, he took a position of the President of SKN Geografii Ekonomicznej i Badań Regionalnych SGH. His deep interest in Geography is highly connected with his passion for traveling.


Joanna Mroczka

Our TFLF scholar Joanna Mroczka attended a double-internship TFLF&CEC program sponsored by CEC Group ! 

Joanna is doing her internship at the US Congress, Office of Representative Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-09) .

Joanna has just graduated from Sciences Po, Paris with a master in International Management and Sustainability . She received the French government’s Eiffel Excellence Scholarship by French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for her academic achievements .

During her studies, she led ASPOL – Association des étudiants polonais en France, which focuses on promoting Polish-French economic, social, and political cooperation in collaboration with the Polish Embassy in France and the French Embassy in Poland.

Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Edinburgh receiving a first-class honors degree in Sociology with Quantitative Methods . Her degree was part of the Q-Step Programme, a UK national initiative to advance the use of quantitative data analysis in the social sciences .

Joanna gained professional experience working in the Corporate Sustainability Departments of Kering and Pernod Ricard, the Statistics Department at The Scottish Government, and as Project Support in the Boston Consulting Group.

She enjoys spending time playing basketball , running , and learning about and discovering different cultures .


Karolina Kisiel

Karolina Kisiel internship was sponsored by Program Stypendiów Pomostowych ! 

Karolina is doing her internship at the Office of Representative Mike Gallagher (R, WI-08) .

Karolina graduated from Maastricht University in summer 2023, finishing a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the spirit of interdisciplinarity endorsed by her alma mater, Karolina combined International Relations with Law and Political Science .

During her studies, she developed a keen interest in geopolitics, artificial intelligence in the military domain, Chinese foreign policy, and American foreign policy. She wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on lethal autonomous weapons systems regulation in the U.S.

To further develop her skills gained at the university, Karolina participated in many extracurricular activities. She was the president of Amnesty International Maastricht Students group, participated in and won various Model United Nations conferences, and engaged with debating societies. Furthermore, she completed an internship at the office of the MEP, Łukasz Kohut. She also published her capstone project during a fellowship at the Institute for Youth in Policy, which elaborated on U.S. security in the Arctic region.

Karolina loves listening to classic rock music, mountain getaways, going to the gym, and traveling.


Paweł Galiński

Paweł Galiński internship was sponsored by Fundacja Empiria i Wiedza!

Paweł is doing his internship at the Office of Representative Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5).

Paweł is a Ph.D. student in economics at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics  and a full-time researcher at one of the Polish top economic institutions. His academic and professional interests include behavioral macroeconomics, monetary policy, and international trade relations. 

Paweł is the author of two scientific papers on behavioral biases’ impact on conducting monetary policy that he presented during high-level international conferences in Tirana (Albania), Bamberg (Germany), and Nice (France). 

He is also a recipient of the Polish Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki scholarship “Najlepsi z Najlepszych! 4.0.” for promising future Polish researchers. He also participated in the SGH Young Scientist Program and BCG in Poland #EmpowerPL program. 

Moreover, before starting his scientific career, Paweł made his first professional steps as an Analyst at Deloitte Kariera M&A Team and held a Chair position of the SKN Finansów i Makroekonomii SGH that aims to promote high-quality economic discussion in Poland through projects like Kongres Makroekonomiczny and Reforma dla Polski. 

Paweł is also a dedicated FC Barcelona supporter (since 2009), hiking enthusiast, dog lover, and holds a bronze belt in Karate Shotokan.


Gabriela Piątek

Gabriela, a recent graduate with honours in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence from Northumbria University. Recognized as one of the TOP100 Women in AI in Poland, Gabriela is committed to advancing the transformative potential of AI and technology in shaping policy, she is particularly keen on exploring the intersection of technology and government.

Gabriela’s academic journey, culminating in a dissertation titled “Gender Bias in Academic Job Descriptions: Development of Artificial Intelligence to Determine Gender Inequality in Academic Professions,” earned her commendation as a finalist at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and the Women in Tech Excellence Award Winner of ‘Rising Star of the Year’ in the United Kingdom. Her early commitment to technology for social impact was evident when she won the ‘Best Project in Poland and Lubelskie Voivodeship’ award for an innovative technology-social project aimed at improving the lives of residents in retirement homes, when she was only 15. 

Moreover, her experience includes collaborations with the Polish Parliament and the UK Parliament, reflecting her aspirations to inspire young women and contribute to a future where gender equality and political inclusivity are the norm.