WASHINGTON–The Armenian National Committee of America announced this week that it is accepting applications for the 2008 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship Program in Washington. Now in its 24th year, this competitive and prestigious program provides student leaders the opportunity to explore the inner workings of the U.S. political system. The application deadline is set for March 1, 2008.
Named in honor and memory of longtime ANCA activist Leo Sarkisian, the eight-week intensive public affairs internship brings together students leaders and activists from across North America to give them the tools necessary to become more effective Armenian American advocates. "The Leo Sarkisian Internship continuously proves to be an unparalleled experience for young activists seeking to engage themselves in Hai Tahd and help advance the Armenian Cause," said former intern and current ANCA Eastern Region Executive Director, Karine Birazian.
Working just blocks away from the White House at the ANCA national headquarters, participants receive a series of in-depth lectures and interactive workshops from guest speakers, including U.S. government officials, Armenian American leaders, and professionals in the field of public policy. Interns are also assigned specially tailored projects and attend various conferences and hearings featuring national figures on issues of concern to the Armenian American community.
"The ANCA Summer Internship was an invaluable investment for my future as an individual and as an Armenian activist," said 2007 Leo Sarkisian intern Paul Ternamian. "I can already see the time and hard work spent during those summer months paying off as I take a greater leadership role in the community." Paul’s fellow intern from 2007, Dzovak Kazandjian, added that, "I would recommend the internship to anyone who wants to take part in the day-to-day activities of the ANCA on a national level, as well as to those who want to experience the exciting atmosphere that DC and Capitol Hill have to offer."
The 2008 Leo Sarkisian Internship will begin on June 23 and run through August 11. Applications for the internship are available on the "Capital Gateway" section of the ANCA website at www.anca.org. Applicants must complete the forms corresponding to their respective region and return them to the Eastern Region or Western Region headquarters by March 1 to be considered for the 2008 program. Applications will be reviewed and those deemed qualified will be invited for an interview before final selections are made in May 2008.
Haig Hovsepian, Community Relations Director for Western Region ANC, summed up the importance of the program by stating, "The strength of our applicants is their activism in the local communities from which they come and to which they will return making the Leo Sarkisian Internship Program a prime example of grassroots power in action."
For more information, or to request applications, please contact your ANCA regional headquarters at (818) 500-1918 or [email protected] for the Western Region and (917) 428-1918 or [email protected] for the Eastern Region.