Preparing the Community Leaders of Tomorrow
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, perspective 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 eight-week Washington, DC program, interns live at the ANCA Martha Aramian Armenian Cultural Center, 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 part of the larger ANCA Capital Gateway Program, which is designed to help 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 2017 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship program runs from June 19th to August 11, 2017. ANCA LSI applications are due April 1, 2017.