Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed Marek Redzko, a student from Warsaw, Poland to his Washington, DC office as an intern for the Fall 2005 semester.
“It’s a privilege to have Marek in my office this semester,” said Higgins. “The strong connection between Poland and New York’s 27th District is palpable, and Marek’s presence in my Washington office adds to the thriving and flourishing Polish heritage based in Western New York. I am honored that my staff and I have the opportunity to build a relationship with this unique individual whose roots are in the same place as thousands of Western New Yorkers.
Twenty-six year-old Redzko was born in Tarnobrzeg, Poland, where his parents still live. His father is an aide to the Voivodeship Office in Rzeszow and his mother is a chemist.
Redzko graduated with a law degree from the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. His thesis was on the principle of supremacy of European Union law over the member states’ national laws. During his studies, Redzko was elected President of the students’ self-government and a member of the University’s Senate. He worked as a member of the Committee of Social Affairs and a member of the Recruitment Committee. He speaks Polish and is fluent in English, French and Russian as well.
Redzko goal is to become a civil servant in Poland’s Civil Service Corps and work in public administration. He currently receives intensive postgraduate training at the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw, the school under the auspices of the Polish Prime Minister, which prepares the cadre of higher-ranking officials in Poland’s administration for public duties. The two-year training period at the National School may not be combined with work or study in other institutions, but graduation denotes guaranteed employment in the administration.
Redzko’s internship in Higgins’ office, arranged in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Washington, forms an essential element of training at the National School, as the internship assists him in becoming familiar with mechanisms and solutions used by the US administration.