Testimonials

“I was honored to have the opportunity to return to Washington, D.C. as this year’s Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Intern Coordinator. It was great to see students from all around the country working together to help the Armenian American community. The Assembly interns were all incredibly intelligent and their passion for their work was contagious. It was a pleasure to work with them and I hope they use the knowledge and experience they gained this summer to continue improving their communities.”

Robert Arzoumanian, Intern Coordinator, 2017 & Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), 2016

 “Congresswoman Speier is one of two Armenian American Representatives in the United States Congress, and I hold her in high regard. She proves her dedication to her work every day, and I am fortunate to have interned in her office.  I looked forward to work every day.  It was an incredible experience to hear her story, along with other professionals I met who work in the U.S. Government from meetings organized by the Armenian Assembly. I believe the Congressional internship position is perhaps one of the most invaluable experiences to have for someone my age, and I am incredibly grateful to have had this one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

David Madey, Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), 2017

 “It was a great experience being involved with the Armenian Assembly of America Internship Program this summer. We learned a great deal about our Armenian heritage as well as the factors that influence Armenian American relations.”

Taylor Boole, Congressman George Holding (R-NC), 2017

 “I’ve had a great time here in DC learning not just about the American political system but about Armenia. My work in the Senate has been instrumental in helping me decide what I want to do later in life in the political sphere, but spending time with a lot of Armenians and Armenian groups has been interesting as well.”

Joel Clarence Cretan, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), 2006

 “I can safely say that the internship program was by far the best experience I have encountered.  As an intern for Congressman Pallone, I experienced the day-to-day inner workings of a political office and learned more than I ever could have hoped for.  My new founded interest in public policy has led me to be more active in government on the local level and has given me the knowledge that I need to succeed in my chosen career.”

Michael Azarian, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), 2005

 “The Congressional experience has not only given me the initiative to pursue a career in international relations but has further secured my commitment to helping my people achieve their goals.  As a member of the Armenian Assembly of America, I feel privileged to be able to help in the revival of our homeland.”

Ludér T. Sahagian, Congressman John Olver (D-MA), 2000

 “Summer internships are invaluable for young people seeking to pursue a government career, as my experience demonstrates, and the Armenian Assembly is to be commended for having had the foresight more than 20 years ago to encourage young Armenian-Americans to participate in their political system.”

Gregory Aftandilian, U.S. Department of State, 1980

 “The amount of responsibility and opportunity I have been given at my internship is incredible. As an intern for UPI, I have had access to media briefings and hearings, and have covered these events alongside other credentialed reporters. The Armenian Assembly has offered me the most professional journalistic experience I could ask for, not to mention a full calendar of speakers and social events that has made this summer unforgettable.”

Jocelyn Hanamirian, United Press International, 2006

 “I am so grateful to the Armenian Assembly of America for the unforgettable moments that I had this summer. I had the honor to meet various Congressmen/Congresswomen and also different government officials, who shared their interesting insights with us about some major Armenian issues. Also, I became really good friends with the other interns, who made my experience in Washington, D.C. even more amazing. I definitely recommend our fellow Armenian Americans to apply for this internship, because they will not only gain more in-depth knowledge about the US-Armenian relations, but also become more aware about some major global issues.”

Lidia Nalbandyan, Armenian Assembly of America, 2017

 “The Armenian Assembly’s Internship Program is an excellent way to share one’s knowledge with those who stand to greatly benefit from it while awakening oneself to the boundless beauty of a nation which is concurrently ancient and emerging. The work placements allow interns to experience real social, economic, and professional issues facing Armenians today.”

Teni Apelian, Armenian Assembly Armenia, 2000