Interning for the Cause, Araz Parseghian Expands Grassroots Outreach

LOS ANGELES–As an extern with the Armenian National Committee Western Region’s 2008 Summer Internship and Externship Program (ANC-WR IEP), Araz Parseghian has been working with ANC’s Professional Network (ANC-PN) to organize a professional panel for current and former interns to learn about career options in Public Media and Government Affairs. Since the start of the program, Parseghian has developed a variety of skills and gained vast experience in his challenging and government-oriented work.

In the past several weeks, Parseghian has been working closely with the ANC-PN by revamping their website and planning several events for them. In addition to assisting with the Interns’ voter registration drive, Parseghian has taken the lead in expanding outreach for the Internship-Externship Program.

"I have enjoyed meeting people who have great concern about Armenian issues and working with them to help ensure that the Armenian American community’s voice is heard," said Parseghian. "This Externship has broadened my networks and allowed me to apply my knowledge within the Armenian American community."

Parseghian received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and his MBA from Woodbury. He currently works for a bank and as well as being an entrepreneur.

Prior to his Externship, Parseghian volunteered at the ANC-WR on several occasions. While volunteering for the organization, Parseghian learned about the Internship-Externship Program and was eager to take on the challenge.

The Armenian National Committee – Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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