Established in 1986, the ANCA Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship (ANCA-LSI) program, provides student leaders and activists an opportunity to participate in an eight-week intensive program designed to give them the tools necessary to effectively advance issues of concern to the Armenian American community on the federal, state and local level.
Named in memory of the late ANCA Eastern U.S. community leader who spearheaded grassroots activism to advance the Armenian Cause for more than four decades, the Leo Sarkisian program now has hundreds of alumni across the world, spreading the message of truth and justice for the Armenian Genocide, freedom for Artsakh, and a secure, prosperous, and democratic Armenian homeland.
Each year, prospective candidates from the United States and Canada are selected through an intensive application process. Those accepted take part in a unique educational experience that empowers them to take their local activism to the next level in making a difference on a national scale. During the six-week Washington, DC program, interns live at the ANCA Aramian House, located a short distance from the ANCA offices.
The participants work on a wide variety of projects based on their individual interests while gaining hands-on experience within the American political system. They have a bi-weekly lecture series, which features guest lecturers from Members of Congress to Ambassadors to Armenian American leaders.
The ANCA LSI program is an integral part of a growing effort to provide Armenian Americans greater opportunities to explore careers on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Foreign Service, and key Washington, DC, foreign policy think tanks. It is a key part of the ANCA’s youth empowerment programs, including the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program, which helps university students and graduates find internships and permanent positions in Congressional offices as well as a host of other government agencies and policy groups.
The 2023 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship program will run from June 12th to July 21st, 2023.
ANCA LSI applications are available now and are due by April 15, 2023.