Candidates off to Washington for 2006 Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship

GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) is pleased to announce that four candidates from California will be participating this summer in the prestigious Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship Program in Washington–DC.

The Leo Sarkisian Internship Program provides young Armenian American leaders from the across the US the opportunity to learn first hand about the inner workings of the American political system. Now in its 23rd year–the program operates out of the ANCA headquarters in Washington–DC and runs for eight weeks.

This year’s participants from the Western United States include: Meri Davtian–a University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) junior studying Mass Communications–and minoring in Political Science and Armenian Studies; Vache Thomassian–a UC Berkeley junior majoring in Legal Studies and a member of the AYF Orange County Chapter; Babken Der Grigorian–a UCLA junior studying Political Science and a member of the AYF La Crescenta Chapter; and Berj Parseghian–a UC Santa Barbara junior studying Political Science and a member of the AYF Pasadena Chapter; Talar Kivork–a UCLA junior studying English and Political Science and a member of the San Fernando Valley AYF Chapter.

Certain proceeds from the Aram Karamardian Memorial Fund–designated to be utilized solely to fund internships–will help to defray costs of this year’s internships in Washington–DC.

Along with additional participants from the Eastern Region and Canada–interns will be working at the ANCA national headquarters in Washington–DC–where they will focus on specific projects and participate in an intensive lecture series geared toward advancing their community development and activism skills.

In response to the growing number of applicants to the Leo Sarkisian Internship–the ANCA-WR will hold a Western-Region internship program modeled after the Leo Sarkisian Internship program in Washington. Like its counterpart program in Washington–the internship will provide candidates the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the political arena and to develop advocacy skills by experiencing first-hand the workings of politics and public affairs at the state and local level. The eight week intensive program will include a weekly lecture series featuring ANCA activists–staff–community leaders–and media and government officials.

The ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship Program is the cornerstone of the expanded ANCA Capital Gateway program–designed to provide university students and recent graduates with opportunities to intern or find career positions on Capitol Hill or at other US government agencies in Washington–DC. For more information visit the ANCA website

For more information on these and other ANCA programs log on to or call the ANCA-WR office at (818) 500-1918.


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