SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN ARMENIA

The Armenia Internship Program was established in 1999 to provide college students of Armenian descent an opportunity to explore life in their ancestral homeland, while volunteering at organizations helping local people. Through this program, participants have the opportunity to intern at governmental ministries, media outlets, medical centers, and non-governmental organizations. The internship program runs from mid-June to August. 

Internship Placement

During the program, interns are assigned to work in various government offices in Armenia, such as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or with various non-governmental organizations such as the International Center for Human Development. 

For a list of previous placements, please click here.

For internship testimonials, please click here. 

Adrian Kromelian

Institute of Molecular Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia & Piruzyan Medical Center, 2019

Meetings

In addition to their daily work schedule, interns get an opportunity to meet with government officials and other prominent individuals in and around Yerevan. During these meetings, interns learned about the inner workings of the Armenian Government as well as the important role of the Diaspora in the homeland. 

Lillian Avedian

Hetq News Agency, 2018

Armenian Assembly DC Intern, 2019

Sight-Seeing

Aside from the local activities, participants also take advantage of a series of educational sight-seeing trips to a variety of historical sites in Armenia and Artsakh, such as the the Garni Temple, the Geghard Monastery, and Khor Virab. 

Raffi Barsamian

ArmComedy, 2018

Housing

Students have three options for housing in Yerevan. 1. Students may stay with relatives or family friends living in Yerevan. 2. The Assembly can arrange for you to be housed in apartments shared with other Assembly interns. However, students are responsible for paying the housing fee. 3. Students may apply to Birthright Armenia to receive a home stay placement.

 

To find out more about the Birthright program and to see if you meet their eligibility requirements please visit their web site www.birthrightarmenia.org.

Rachel Minassian

Regional Studies Center, 2017

Costs

The Armenian Assembly does not charge a fee for participation in the Internship Program. However, there are several costs associated with the internship. The student is responsible for transportation to Yerevan, housing costs, visa fees, general grocery and spending money. The Armenian Assembly provides transportation, food and housing for pre-planned weekend excursions throughout the summer.

Zachary Antoyan

Armenian Center for National and International Studies, 2012

Eligbility

  • Undergraduate or graduate students of Armenian decent, who will have completed at least two years at a 4-year accredited university or college by the start of the program. Preference will be given to those students continuing their education the following school year.

  • Applicants with some Armenian language knowledge are preferred. However, participants are likely to work in offices where they speak English, depending on the placement.

Aram Kavoukjian

Armenian Development Agency, 2010

Selection Process

Participants are chosen for this competitive program on the basis of their educational credentials, writing ability, maturity and a demonstrated interest in the community and public service. 

Armen Toumajan

Armenian Assembly DC Intern, 2000; Armenia Intern, 2001

Questions?

For more information on the Assembly’s Internship Program, contact Joseph A. Piatt, the Armenian Assembly Internship Program Director, at jpiatt@aaainc.org.

Megan Jakob

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative & City of Smile Charitable Foundation, 2019

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