NYSIP 2015: We Made This Summer Count! Weeks 7 & 8 In Review

Tuseday, July 28th, 2015 – YPGNY Mentoring Night

On Tuesday night, the 2015 interns and YPGNY mentors joined each other at AGBU for a a professional development panel discussion.  Three talent recruiters at different companies shared their knowledge and offered tips and tricks for the interns as they embark on their job searches.  After the panel discussion, interns had an opportunity to network with all of the mentors in attendance, and the panelists.  The interns showed up prepared, each with multiple copies of their resumes to be reviewed by the mentors and panelists.  Medical interns were treated to an intimate roundtable discussion with medical professionals who are members of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization.

The evening was a great success, providing a valuable opportunity for the interns to get constructive feedback about their resumes and multiple perspectives on how to navigate their job searches.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 – Dinner at St. Vartan Cathedral, Armenian Apostolic Diocese

On Wednesday, the NYSIP interns toured the St. Vartan Cathedral of the Armenian Aspotolic Diocese.  After the tour, they met with Archbishop Khajag Barsamian for dinner.  The meal began with a thoughtful prayer and conversation shared between interns and clergy.  At one table, the Archbishop talked with interns about their goals at work.  At another table, the conversation consisted of Armenian art across the world.  The evening closed with a group discussion led by the Archbishop, who said, “No matter where you are in the world, the church will always be there to welcome you home.”  Interns asked thoughtful questions about the challenges the Armenian Apostolic church faces while learning more about the role of religion in the Armenian diaspora.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 – Scout Tufankjian

On Monday, Scout Tufankjian shared her story of creating her newest book, There Is Only The Earth: The Armenian Diaspora Project with the interns and members of the public at AGBU.  As a photojournalist, Scout followed Armenians across the world captured the nuances of the various diasporan communities throughout the world.  She shared with the group her personal definition of what it means to be Armenian, and will even be in touch with them in the future.  For more information about Scout and her work, visit her website:


Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 – Supervisors’ Reception

To celebrate the conclusion of yet another successful summer in New York City, AGBU NYSIP continued the longstanding tradition of the Supervisor’s Reception held at the AGBU Central Office on Wednesday night.   Local alumni, interns’ parents, friends of the program, the interns themselves, and most importantly their supervisors gathered to reflect on the summer.

Interns Karlsen Termini and Lusine Dokhoyan spoke about their experiences with NYSIP and how they have grown over these past eight weeks professionally, personally and  culturally, andAram Sethian, NYSIP 2015 Supervisor and NYSIP 2009 alumnus, shared how NYSIP has impacted his life professionally since he was first an intern.  After a tribute to the supervisors who were in attendance, the program concluded with closing remarks from Sarkis Jebejian, NYSIP Co-Chair and AGBU Central Board Secretary.   He discussed  the global impact of AGBU NYSIP on the diasporan communities and the importance of internships and professional development opportunities for all young Armenians.

NYSIP would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to the supervisors of 2015 for making this summer such a success.

Friday, August 7th, 2015 – Farewell NYSIP 2015 Dinner

As a final “NYSIP activity,” the Hajjar family generously hosted the NYSIP 2015 interns and staff for a Goodbye Dinner at the Lebanese restaurant Byblos (http://www.byblosny.com/), located  in the Gramercy neighborhood of New York City.  They enjoyed the crowd favorite lahmajoon as they recounted all of their NYSIP memories.  The interns grew professionally and personally over these eight weeks.  Though  the program has ended, this is not goodbye, but “See you soon.”  Best of luck to the talented 2015 cohort of the AGBU New York Summer Internship Program, who will continue to Make this summer count!.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015 – Village Vanguard

On Monday, a group of interns treated themselves to a night of music at the New York legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard.  Located in the heart of New York’s West Village, this club has hosted legendary jazz musicians by John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins for 80 years.  Performing that night was the Grammy-award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, playing standards and original compositions by the band’s founders Mel Lewis and Thad Jones.

Interns also enjoyed meeting the musicians after the set, in particular tenor sax player Ralph Lalama. It was a great night and a wonderful way to beat the Monday “blues.”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 – It’s a Trainwreck

Tuesday night took our interns to the local movie theater to see comedian Amy Schumer’s  new romance comedy , Trainwreck, a story about a woman  navigating life and love in New York City. Interns did not stop laughing throughout the entirety of this sold-out film.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 – Repat Armenia with Raffi Kassardjian

On Wednesday, the CEO of Repat Armenia, Raffi Kassardjian led a discussion with NYSIP interns at the AGBU Central Office.  He opened the discussion by sharing his personal story that led him to move his family to Yerevan, Armenia.  He discussed the relationship between the country of Armenia and the Diasporan communities, and answered questions asked by the interns.  To learn more about the work of Repat Armenia, visit their website at http://repatarmenia.org/eng/.

Friday, July 24th, 2015 – Everyone is Kung Fu Eating

Dim Sum, Dumplings, and Duck pancakes – our interns had a smorgasboard of items from this popular authentic Chinese walk-up known as Prosperity Dumplings. Made fresh to order, we watched as the cooks in the kitchen expertly prepared the dumplings one at a time. To burn off their calories, the group enjoyed a walk around New York City’s Chinatown.

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 – Water Fight and MoMA PS1

Saturday was an exciting day for our interns. We headed toLong IslandCityfor an outdoor art exhibit and music festival at MoMAPS1. Recommended as an activity by one of our interns, the event was a favorite amongst the rest of the group.  MoMAPS1 is programmed by a curatorial committee selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in music, sound, and the performing arts, resulting in a unique lineup of artists that explore, interpret, and combine genres. The interns loved hearing the artists while taking in the art.

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 – Visit to the New York Armenian Home and  Mets v. Dodgers game at CitiField

To connect deeper with the Armenian community in the greater New York area, our interns journeyed out to Flushing, Queens to visit the New York Armenian Home.  With flowers in hand, each intern sat with a resident of the home and learned more about the amazing lives and legacies of the older generation.  One group of interns spent their time with a World War II veteran, while another intern provided some musical entertainment and played the piano for the residents.  The elderly took interest in our interns lives and our interns enjoyed the older men and women’s company.

After the visit to the New York Armenian Home, interns then headed to CitiField to watch the New York Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers .  Thanks to the generosity of the Dr. Levon Nazarian family, we watched the game from a box suite right behind home plate.  Our group was divided, with many local interns rooting for the NYMets, while our West Coast interns showed their support of the Dodgers.  The game was exciting, making it into extra innings.  Ultimately the Mets beat the Dodgers 3-2.  Many thanks to the Nazarian family for hosting us – it was a blast!