Updated: Jul 6, 2021
(L-R): Armenian Assembly of America Public Affairs Associate Danielle Saroyan, Zavig Mkrdech, and Communications Director Taniel Koushakjian standing in front of the White House.
The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is excited to welcome their newest intern, Zavig Mkrdech, who will be working with the Communications Department at the Assembly’s headquarters in Washington D.C.
Mkrdech was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in San Diego, CA. He currently attends the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and is receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Mkrdech comes to Washington through the University of California District of Columbia (UCDC) program, which places students in the UC Washington Center to take classes and participate in internships throughout the Capitol.
Interested in gaining insight into the inner-workings of Armenian politics, Mkrdech hopes to experience the political process of advocating Armenian American issues on Capitol Hill.
“Interning with the Communications Department for the Assembly over my stay in Washington D.C. will mark the beginning of my involvement in politics and advocacy for Armenian issues in the U.S. political sphere,” Mkrdech said. “I’m very excited to be here during the buildup to the 101st Armenian Genocide Commemoration, and I hope to do whatever I can to help advocate on behalf of Armenians,” he added.
Along with his studies, Mkrdech is an active member of various student organizations on the UCR campus. He serves as the Treasurer of UCR’s Armenian Student Association (ASA) and Philanthropy Chair of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). He was also involved in the local Armenian community, and acted as counselor at the Western Diocese Armenian Church Camp.