WASHINGTON, DC – University students interested in advancing Armenian-American policy priorities and experiencing first-hand pro-Armenian advocacy at the federal level are encouraged to apply to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship (LSI) and Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship by April 25, 2022.
The six-week in-person session in Washington, DC will run from June 13 to July 22, 2022. Application forms are available in line. Students seeking internship opportunities participating in the UCDC program, CalState in DC, and Pepperdine University DC programs are also encouraged to apply for summer positions at ANCA.
“ANCA is delighted to welcome our 2022 Summer Interns and Fellows to strengthen their pro-Armenia/Artsakh advocacy and gain a deeper understanding of the geopolitical realities facing the Armenian nation, while forming friendships that will last a lifetime. a lifetime,” said Alex, ANCA Programs Director. Manukian. “With Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. politics and political institutions reopening for work, events and in-person meetings, we look forward to our interns once again being fully immersed in the daily life of our nation’s capital. .”
The ANCA LSI Summer Internship offers participants a unique opportunity to engage with public policy issues in the nation’s capital, but also allows them to network with ANCA’s vast network of alumni from ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway and LSI alumni residing in the DC area and across the country. For more than three decades, it has been the advocacy training program of the Armenian American community, preparing hundreds of leaders who actively advance ANCA’s policy priorities on campuses and in communities nationwide. .
Participants of last year’s ANCA LSI and Maral Melkonian Fellowship encouraged broad civic outreach to Senators and Representatives to support continued U.S. funding of life-saving mine clearance and rehabilitation services for the people of Artsakh .
Established in 1986 and named after Eastern US ANCA leader Leo Sarkisian, an ANCA grassroots advocacy pioneer, the LSI program is the cornerstone of the nation’s efforts. ANCA to educate, motivate, and activate young Armenian Americans to expand advocacy efforts in their hometowns and campuses. . It was augmented in 2019 with the establishment of the Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship, established as a living legacy to a dedicated young leader whose community activism and commitment to the Armenian homeland continue to inspire new generations of young Armenian Americans. .
Participants work on a wide variety of projects based on their individual interests while gaining hands-on experiences within the American political system. A bi-weekly lecture series features guest speakers including members of Congress, ambassadors and Armenian-American leaders. During the six-week program in Washington, D.C., interns live at the Aramian House, named for the late community leader and philanthropist Martha Aramian of Providence, Rhode Island and located a short distance from the headquarters of the ‘ANCA in Washington, DC.
In addition to opportunities in Washington, D.C., ANCA West Region and ANCA East Region offer internships and fellowships in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and virtually the entire East Coast.