The ANCA’s signature summer programs coincided with U.S. House and Senate consideration of key legislation, including the Fiscal Year 2023 foreign aid bill and National Defense Authorization Act, two measures that provide the ANCA with legislative opportunities to zero out military aid to Azerbaijan and expand U.S. aid to Armenia and Artsakh.
“We are excited to work with a new cohort of Armenian advocates into the Leo Sarkisian (LSI), Maral Melkonian Avetisyan, and Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Internship and Fellowship programs,” said Program Director Alex Manoukian. “The experiences the interns undergo over the course of this program will broaden their horizons and open them up to broad array of new opportunities in Washington, D.C. and beyond. The skills the interns hone during their six-week stay here will stay with them for years to come, empowering them as effective activists for Hai Tahd.”
The LSI program — named after the late ANCA Eastern U.S. community leader and Hai Tahd advocate — empowers dedicated Armenians in their efforts to achieve justice for the Armenian Genocide, freedom for Artsakh, and a secure and prosperous Armenian homeland. The LSI was established in 1986 and now has hundreds of alumni spread across the world. For the fourth year, the LSI is running concurrently with the Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship, named in memory of the devoted youth advocate who dedicated her life to helping her Armenian homeland. They are joined by summer interns participating through the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program.
ANCA summer program participants are selected through a highly competitive application process with acceptance based on academic excellence and demonstrated capacity for community leadership. While in Washington, DC, summer interns stay at the Aramian House — an eight-bedroom former bed and breakfast located in Washington, DC’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, just a short walk from the ANCA headquarters.
The 2022 ANCA Leo Sarkisian interns are Gregory Codilian, Aram Gevorgian, Alex Guldjian, Ani Jamgotchian, Natalia Matossian, Lar Tabakian, Tara Tazian, Victoria Topalian, and Christian Yerelekian. Joining them are ANCA Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Summer Fellow Melody Seraydarian and Capital Gateway Program interns Sune Hamparian, Zabelle Hamparian, Aram Hess, and Stephen Pidedjian.
Meet the 2022 ANCA Summer Interns: