NYSIP 2014: Week Five

Week five of NYSIP marked the middle of an eight-week program and began with a tour of the Upper West Side.  Despite the rain, interns gathered on Monday, July 14th to enjoy the famous burgers at Shake Shack.

On Wednesday, July 16th 2014, Jamie Metzl, an American novelist and Senior Fellow at the Asia Society, shared his insights about U.S. foreign policy in Asia and his doctoral research with AGBU interns.  Metzl focused on the Cambodian genocide.  Having served as the Senior Advisor for Information Technology, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. Department of State, Metzl is well-versed in human rights and diplomacy, and he shared his experiences and expertise.

Author and partner at Cranemere, Inc. Jamie Metzl with Deborah Devedjian of Copernicus Learning Ventures and the 2014 AGBU NYSIP participants

On Thursday, July 24th 2014, the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York organized their annual Mentoring Night, providing feedback on interns’ resumes and job applications during a career fair styled event which featured dozens of young professionals from New York from varied fields and backgrounds.

Intern Geoffroy Baghdassarian with Mentor Elin Thomasian of Goldman Sachs during Mentoring Night

On Saturday, July 19th 2014, William and Nick Nazarian, former AGBU NYSIP interns, invited the 2014 participants to enjoy a barbeque.

Mentor Taline Andonian of the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addication Services with Intern Erika Dersarkissian during Mentoring Night




NYSIP 2014: Week Four

The fourth week of NYSIP began with an outdoor movie in Bryant Park, where the interns gathered for an after-work picnic and a screening of “Blazing Saddles” as part of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.

On Tuesday, July 8th, Alex Nalbandian, a NYSIP 1997 participant and active member of the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York group, led a tour of the Sirius XM Radio offices, where he is the Senior Manager of Music Programming Operations.  Nalbandian gave an overview of the station and current trends in the commercial-free music industry, which the interns discussed afterwards at a dinner in the West Village.

On Thursday, July 10th, Chris Bohjalian, critically acclaimed author of 17 books, including nine New York Times bestsellers, presented his most recent novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” for the interns and the local Armenian community.  Bohjalian read passages, reflected on his writing process, and autographed copies of the book, which many interns purchased.

Author Chris Bohjalian signing copies of his book "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" after his presentation at the AGBU Central Office

The series of NYSIP social events continued on Friday with an evening of classical music on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The interns enjoyed the program presented by the New York Philharmonic that included R. Strauss’ Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Smetana’s Vysehrad from Ma Viast, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. The concert was followed by fireworks.

Intern Lori Baitarian of Beirut, Lebanon standing outside the doors of her internship at Human Rights Watch..

Finally, on Saturday, July 12th, the multi-national group of interns watched the World Cup final game together..

NYSIP 2014: Week Three

During week three, the AGBU New York Interns had settled in comfortably in their internship roles.  Meanwhile,NYSIP Associate Program Director, Michael Hovsepian, and the NYSIP Coordinators, Marianna Mekbekian and Anna Kalashyan, organized individual meetings with the interns to discuss their experience thus far. On Wednesday, July 2nd interns were divided into groups of four to prepare meals for each other at the NYU dorms, their home for the summer.  Traditional Armenian dishes and desserts were on the menu.

Intern Greta Janigian of Cranston, RI seperating soil samples at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory during her internship

On Friday, the interns kicked off the weekend with a walking tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park. From the historic Brooklyn Heights Promenade, they watched the Macy’s Annual Fireworks show in honor of Independence Day.  It was the first time since 2009 that the show was held on the East River and it gave them the chance to enjoy the beautiful Manhattan skyline from just across the East River.

Intern Melanie Broussalian of San Diego, CA in the showroom at her internship with Michael Aram Inc.

On Sunday, following a visit to the South Street Sea Port, the group headed back to Brooklyn, this time walking over the Brooklyn Bridge to reach Grimaldi’s, the iconic New York pizzeria..