“Having been born in Armenia while it was still part of the Soviet Union, and never having visited since my family immigrated to the United States in 1991, the Armenian Assembly of America internship program in Armenia provided a unique opportunity to reconnect with my country of birth. It served as the quintessential gateway between the West and the Near East, whereby Western-educated academics imbued with a genuine passion for the application of their skills and knowledge are given a chance to work toward the betterment of Armenia. The program strikes a balance between maintaining professionalism and the equally important dimension of warm hospitality. It’s an opportunity sure to benefit any passionate Armenian-American student.”

Narek Sarksyan, Civilitas, 2014

 “As an intern at the International Center for Human Development my task was to meet and interview senior-level government officials on the bilateral relations of Armenia and various international security organizations. I stand firmly with the vision statement of the Armenian Assembly of America which states, ‘A diaspora active in all facets of Armenia’s resurgence will make Armenia more secure and prosperous,’ and want to thank them for making this internship possible.”

Ruben Tsarukyan, International Center for Human Development, 2014

 “Armenia was an intense experience for me, both in terms of my Armenian identity and also my understanding of the Armenian political sphere. The Armenian Assembly of America’s Yerevan Internship provided the opportunity for this experience to happen, and I cannot imagine being the person I am today without it. There is a tremendous amount of good coming from that office; from the lasting relationships with staff and volunteers to the commitment to building a more vibrant and prosperous Hayastan. With the help of the Armenian Assembly, I was able to connect with and learn about a whole new community for me, something I consider to be one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life.”

Zachary Antoyan, Armenian Center for National and International Studies, 2012

 “During the summer of 2010, I decided to intern in Yerevan, Armenia. I had considered multiple different programs, but as a college sophomore the Armenian Assembly of America seemed most suitable for me. The entire staff was extremely friendly throughout the entire process; from helping me find an apartment that was affordable, spacious, had all the necessary amenities, and close to both the office I interned at and the city center, to finding the perfect internship based off my field of study and interests. The Armenian Assembly of America also organized memorable meetings with political and religious figures and planned some wonderful retreats for our intern class. The Armenian Assembly of America was a key part of making my 2010 Armenia Internship such an important piece of my life and I would strongly recommend this program to anyone considering interning in Armenia.”

Aram Kavoukjian, Armenian Development Agency, 2010

 “I knew that the Assembly’s program would be a worthy and fulfilling experience. I wish every young Armenian-American could experience a program of this type, in which one has the possibility of doing something for Armenia, while living like a Hayastantsi for a summer.  Not many programs provide students that opportunity.”

Armen Toumajan, Armenian Assembly DC Intern, 2000; Armenia Intern, 2001