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Apply for the Armenian Assembly’s Summer Internship Programs in Washington, Yerevan

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

The 2015 Class of Assembly Terjenian-Thomas Summer Interns on Capitol Hill with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) application deadline for the 2016 Terjenian-Thomas Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C. is December 1, 2015. Additionally, applications for the Assembly’s Yerevan Internship Program in Armenia will be accepted through January 10, 2016.

The eight-week summer program is designed to provide college students of Armenian descent the opportunity to live and work in the nation’s capital, while taking part in a full schedule of educational, social, and cultural activities. Students accepted to the Washington program are assisted in securing internships with congressional offices, think tanks, media outlets, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations based on their educational background and interests.

In addition, Assembly interns will have the opportunity to discuss Armenian American issues during meetings with Members of Congress and other government officials, industry professionals, and noted academics through the Capitol Ideas and Lecture Series programs.

Founded in 1977, the Armenian Assembly Summer Internship Program was the first internship program offered by an Armenian organization in America. In 2013, the Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program announced that over 1,000 students of Armenian descent have graduated through the Assembly ranks. From its earliest phases the Armenian community has consistently supported the Assembly Summer Internship Program with major gifts from the Richard Tufenkian Memorial Fund, the John Hanessian Scholarship Fund, the Armen Astarjian Scholarship Fund, the Ohanian Memorial Fund, James and Connie Melikian, and the Knights of Vartan. In 2003, the Assembly’s Summer Internship Program was renamed in honor of Aram and Florence Terjenian and Annie Thomas after the announcement of their pace-setting $1 million donation to the program.

Partial and full housing scholarships for the Terjenian-Thomas Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C. are available to qualified students on a competitive basis. Applications are available on the Assembly’s website.

Class of 2015 Yerevan Summer Interns with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills.

The Assembly also offers a similar internship program in Yerevan, Armenia. Now entering its 16th year, the Yerevan Internship Program provides students the opportunity to live and work in one of the most historically and culturally rich countries in the world. Students will work in Armenian government agencies, non-governmental organizations, medical centers, or media outlets, as well as meet with Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh government officials and tour historical sites in and around the country.

For more information on the Assembly internship programs or assistance with the application process, please contact Internship Program Director Joseph Piatt in Washington, D.C. at (202) 393-3434, ext. 336, or via email at You can find stories, posts and testimonials from last year’s internship class on the Assembly’s website (here for D.C. and here for Armenia).

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