Interning for the Cause: Mikael Kourinian Gets a Taste of Government Affairs

As a participant in the Armenian National Committee–Western Region’s 2008 Summer Internship-Externship Program (ANC-WR IEP), Mikael Kourinian has gained a vast amount of knowledge about various Armenian American issues. Specializing in community and government affairs, Kourinian will assist with the California High School compliance with curriculum requiremen’s educating students about the Armenian Genocide.

“Through my experiences as the community and government affairs intern for ANC-WR, I hope to become more involved in issues related to Armenian Americans,” stated Kourinian. “This Internship Program has provided me great opportunities to become a more active member in my community,” he added.

In the past weeks, Kourinian and fellow Community and Government Affairs Intern Hovanes Gasparian have been authoring position papers on US-Armenia relations and self-determination of Nagorno-Karabagh. He also prepared an outreach packet for social justice organizations to encourage them to support recognition of the Armenian Genocide and is working on foreign appropriations to Armenia and a decrease of aid to Azerbaijan because of Azeri government threats of war.

Kourinian holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He currently works at Prudential California Realty as a senior marketing associate. Kourinian was recently admitted into ANCA’s Capital Gateway Program and will be leaving for Washington DC towards the end of August.

Kourinian’s experience as President of the Armenian Students’ Association at Glendale Community College equipped him with valuable experience to complete his various projects as an Intern at ANC-WR. Kourinian hopes to implement the knowledge and experience he gains, during his internship, for future ventures in and out of the Armenian community.

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