Applications Open for ANCA 2024 Career Services and Youth Empowerment Programs in Washington, DC

ANCA Initiatives help recent grads start Washington DC careers; inspire university students and high schoolers to pro-Armenian advocacy

December 25, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has opened the applications for its broad-based Washington, DC career services and pro-Artsakh/Armenia student advocacy programs as it gears up to welcome hundreds of youth to the nation’s capital in 2024.

“Empowering the next generation of Armenian American leaders is not just a goal; it’s our duty,” said ANCA Communications Director Elizabeth Chouldjian. “Each of our job placement and internship programs nurtures talent, fosters growth, and provides opportunities to strengthen the Armenian American voice in the nation’s capital, as well as campuses and hometowns across the US. To all students and recent graduates, we encourage you to apply today to explore new paths to personal development and strengthen the Armenian Cause.”

ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program:
Recent university graduates are invited to apply to the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program (CGP), which helps secure permanent employment and professional internships in Washington, DC, for young Armenian American professionals and students interested in careers in policy, politics, and media. The CGP offers three months of free housing and enrichment seminars, connects participants with mentors, and much more.

Spring 2024 career services session: April 8th to June 8th; Applications deadline February 16, 2024.
Summer Internship session: June 17th to July 26th; Application deadline April 15, 2024’
Fall 2024 career services session: September 9th through December 9th; Application deadline is July 12, 2024
Learn more and apply at:

ANCA Semester-in-DC Internship Programs
In addition, the ANCA encourages students who attend universities that offer Semester-In-Washington programs (UCDC, USC, Pepperdine, AU, Holy Cross, etc.) to take advantage of these opportunities and consider interning at the ANCA. The ANCA is happy to work with participants to ensure their ANCA internship meets university requirements. Students can apply through the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program portal –

ANCA Rising Leaders
Offered in two sessions in March, the ANCA Rising Leaders is a three-day seminar in Washington, DC, offering expert advice on careers in government, development, and media. The program includes the Lucine Kouchakdjian Capitol Hill Day – a full day of Capitol Hill discussions with legislators and staff on strengthening U.S.-Armenia ties, demanding accountability for Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of Artsakh, and securing justice for the genocides committed against Armenians. The program is organized by the ANCA, in conjunction with the Armenian Youth Federation Eastern and Western U.S. Washington, DC area Armenian American high school seniors are also welcome to participate. ANCA group housing accommodations are available for youth 18 and over.

Rising Leaders Session 1: March 10th to 12th, 2024
Rising Leaders Session 2: March 24th to 26th, 2024
Application Deadline: January 26, 2024
Learn more and apply:

ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship and Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship:
During the summer, the ANCA invites university students to participate in the Leo Sarkisian Internship – a six-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. The Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship runs parallel to this program.

The 2024 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship Program Dates: June 17th to July 26th, 2024.
Learn more and apply at:
Application deadline: March 29, 2024

ANCA Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy:
High school students 17 to 19 are invited to participate in the Haroutioun and Elizabeth Kasparian Summer Academy – a one-week, intensive program that brings a select group of high school students with proven community leadership experience to Washington DC to learn more about the Armenian Cause and how our policy priorities are advanced within the framework of America’s federal government. High schoolers have two sessions to choose from:

Kasparian Summer Academy – Session 1: August 5th to August 9th of 2024
Kasparian Summer Academy – Session 2: August 12th to August 16th of 2024.
Learn more and apply at:
Application deadline: May 17, 2024

Junior High School Class Visits to the ANCA Washington DC Headquarters
The ANCA welcomes hundreds of students from Armenian American junior high schools during their annual trip to the nation’s capital for an interactive discussion on the important role they can play in advocating for pro-Artsakh/Armenia priorities in their hometowns while offering an early introduction to Washington DC career opportunities in policy, politics, and media.

Schools or parents interested in scheduling a “Pizza and Politics” session with the ANCA Washington DC team, email or call (202) 775-1918.

For more information about these programs, visit or email


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
Email / Tel: (202) 775-1918
Armenian National Committee of America
1711 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036 | | @anca_dc
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