AGBU NYSIP Accepting Applications for Start-Up Incubator Program!

Calling all entrepreneurs!


We believe all aspiring Armenian entrepreneurs have what it takes to start and lead successful businesses in the global economy.  Through the new AGBU NYSIP Start-Up Incubator Program, we give one (1) promising student the chance establish or join a start-up company in a structured internship setting.

The Incubator Intern will have one Main Advisor and Board of Directors who will help guide the growth of the start-up over the 8-week internship.


AGBU Summer Internship Program Criteria

Key Stages

1: Submit application
2: Selection
3. Submit finalized start-up OR secure start-up internship
4: Begin incubator internship!
5: Deliver mid-summer presentation
6: Deliver final pitch presentation

How to apply…

  1. Apply to AGBU New York Summer Internship Program
  2. Choose “NYSIP Start-Up Incubator Program” as your 1st Industry Choice in Step 4 of the NYSIP application
  3. Submit Supplemental Incubator Materials:* 
    • NYSIP Incubator Intent to Participate (max. 10 pages)
      • business overview & analysis of your own start-up or company with which you have arranged to work
    • If applicable, proof of funding, incorporation, awards received, etc.

Questions to answer in your Intent to Participate…

  • What will your venture do or make?
  • What pain points will your venture address?
  • What is your value proposition?
  • Describe your target segment and the size of your addressable market.
  • Who are your major competitors?
  • What is your venture’s competitive advantage?
  • Please describe your business model.
  • Please describe current status of business and any milestones achieved (e.g., prototype completed, customers, revenue).
  • Please briefly tell us about each team member, their role, and each team member’s relevant experience.

*Email Supplemental Materials to; subject of email: “LAST NAME, First Name Incubator 2016 Materials”


The AGBU NYSIP selection committee will review all incubator applications, and select one (1) application based on the following criteria:

  • Market Opportunity
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Investment Potential
  • Financial Understanding

Main Advisor Responsibilities

  • schedule weekly check-ins
  • set up benchmarks and deliverables
  • make introductions to industry players
  • set up networking opportunities
  • evaluate mid-summer pitch
  • evaluate final pitch

Estimated Time Commitment for Main Advisor

  • 30 mins/week over 8 weeks for weekly check-in
    • time for setting up intro’s
  • 1 Trip to mid-summer pitch (1-2 hours) – in person
  • 1 Trip to final pitch (1-2 hours) – in person

Total Summer Time Commitment: 12 hours

Board of Directors Responsibilities

  • make introductions to industry players
  • set up networking events
  • evaluate mid-summer pitch
  • evaluate final pitch

Estimated Commitment for a Board Member

  • Two 30-minute meetings setting up introductions
  • Attend mid-summer pitch (1-2 hours) – phone or in person
  • Attend final pitch (1-2 hours) – phone or in person

Total Summer Time Tommitment: 5 hours

Mid-summer Pitch & Final Pitch

The Incubator Intern will present to their Main Advisor, Board of Directors and NYSIP staff twice throughout the summer, in a Mid-summer Pitch and a Final Pitch.  Each presentation should touch on the following aspects of the start-up company:

  • Mission/Vision
  • Management Team
  • Business Product or Service
  • Market
  • Competition
  • Key Milestones
  • Risk
  • Opportunity
  • Capital Requirements
  • Exit Potential
  • Financial Snapshot

For any questions, contact Christina Lalama at

Now Accepting Applications for NYSIP 2015 Activities Coordinators!


Armenian General Benevolent Union, New York Summer Internship Program (NYSIP) Seeks Activities Coordinator

The Activities Coordinator is a paid temporary full-time position that will begin on June 14, 2015 and end on August 8th, 2015.  This position requires the Activities Coordinator to live in the NYU dorms with the summer interns so that NYSIP staff will always be available for the interns and make them feel safe and comfortable during the program. The Activities Coordinator will serve as the first point of contact to the interns and will report to the Program Associate.

Activities Coordinator Responsibilities:

The main responsibility areas for the Activities Coordinator are dorm supervision and guidance, event management, marketing, and program management.

Activities Coordinator Duties:

  • With the guidance of the Program Associate, manage the social well-being of interns, both in and outside the dorms
  • Event brainstorming, planning and execution for weekly social and professional development events
  • Manage social media channels with up-to-date content and photographs; channels include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Maintain NYSIP blog, published on
  • Devote approximately 20-25 hours per week working in the AGBU Central Office, in addition to work done inside and outside of dorm life
  • Serve as a capable and exemplary leader to the interns
  • Perform other tasks as delegated by the Program Associate

Activities Coordinator Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must be:

  • Enthusiastic with a high energy level and a positive attitude
  • A Fast Learner
  • A Self-Starter
  • Adaptable
  • A team player
  • A problem solver
  • Mature and set a positive example for interns
  • Career-oriented

Preferred qualifications:

  • AGBU Summer Internship Program alumnus/a
  • Interest in professional development
  • Interest in program management

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: “LAST NAME, First Name NYSIP 2015 Activities Coordinator Application”            Preference will be given to those who apply by or before Monday March 23, 2015.

AGBU NYSIP 2015 Activities Coordinator Job Description.

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..

NYSIP 2014: Week Two

The second week of NYSIP 2014 began with Summer Cruisin’, organized by the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY) and the Hovnanian School Alumni, which took over 200 local Armenians, including the AGBU interns, on a boat tour around the Big Apple. Clear skies and warm weather were the perfect start for a new week in the city.

Meetings with industry leaders are a key part of the NYSIP experience, and in their second week, the interns had two.   The first was a candid discussion with Aram Babikian, the Northwest Regional Director of Direxion Funds and NYSIP alumnus. Babikian reflected on his NYSIP experience, NYSIP intern, the challenges he faced during his rise to the top of his field, and career development.

After his lecture, Aram Babikian (Center), Senior Vice President and Region Director - Northwest of Direxion Funds, took time to pose for a photo with the AGBU NYSIP 2014 Interns

Raffi Balian, a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and Co-Chairperson of the NYSIP committee also took time to speak with the interns via Skype from Budapest.  Raffi discussed the history of NYSIP, which was founded by his parents Vartkess and Rita Balian. He also spoke about the challenges faced by present-day Armenians both in Armenia and in the diaspora, and offered advice on the next steps the AGBU interns should be taking to further their blossoming careers.

Social events included a walking tour around the West Village, cupcakes at the world famous Magnolia’s Bakery, and a visit to the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line that overlooks the streets of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.  No stay in New York would be complete without a visit to Times Square, where the interns enjoyed the local attractions and took a ride on the Toys ‘r Us Ferris wheel.

Finally, the YPGNY hosted Mentoring Program began on Thursday, June 26, with the Meet and Greet event at Amity Hall in the West Village. For the duration of NYSIP, each intern is paired with a YPGNY mentor, a young professional working in the intern’s chosen field. Mentors help their interns set goals, develop contacts, and identify resources, all while providing a friendly shoulder to lean on during the summer and beyond.

Melania Melikian (Left), Account Supervisor at kbs+ and AGBU NYSIP alum, poses with her mentee Sarah Halejian (Right) during the Mentoring Night Meet and Greet

AGBU is proud to be hosting the 27th group of New York summer interns, and we couldn’t do it without your support. NYSIP donors allow us to meet the rising costs of hosting the program each summer, to provide scholarships to high-achieving students, and to keep the doors of our internship program open to all deserving applicants. Click here to help fund a NYSIP intern’s scholarship today..

NYSIP 2014: Week One

With the beginning of another New York summer comes the start of a new and exciting NYSIP experience. On Sunday, June 15, 2014, 31 university students from Armenia, Brazil, Canada, France, Lebanon, Romania, Syria, the UK, and the US arrived in New York to gain a leg up in their chosen career path, form lifelong friendships, and experience the working world in the business hub of the United States.  After settling into their dorm rooms at the NYU 13th Street Residence Hall, interns met and got to know each other over a welcome dinner at Spice restaurant.

The following day the group visited the AGBU Central Office for lunch and a formal orientation session, preparing them for the two month experience which lies ahead of them.  After the group visited NYU’s Card Center to obtain their permanent NYU IDs, the interns returned to their dorm rooms to prepare for the first day of their internships. This year, their host institutions include Deutsche Bank, Horizon Media, Human Rights Watch, and the NYU Medical Center.

AGBU NYSIP interns at the orientation session presented by Associate Program Director Michael Hovsepian

After-work events have always been an integral part of the NYSIP experience and the interns spent Thursday night with Serge Kassardjian of Google, who discussed Professional Networking in Career Development.  Friday night was spent at a welcome party graciously hosted by NYSIP supporter Edele Hovnanian at her beautiful Manhattan apartment. There, over dinner, the interns discussed the issues and challenges facing the Armenian community today.  On Saturday, the interns were grouped into teams of four for the annual I <3 NYSIP Scavenger Hunt, competing for the prize of major league baseball tickets. The hunt sends interns off to see as much of Manhattan as possible in the span of three hours.

Serge Kassardjian of Google presents his lecture on Professional Networking in Career Development for the 2014 NYSIP interns.

AGBU is proud to be hosting the 27th group of New York summer interns, and we couldn’t do it without your support. NYSIP donors allow us to meet the rising costs of hosting the program each summer, to provide scholarships to high-achieving students, and to keep the doors of our internship program open to all deserving applicants. Click hereto help fund a NYSIP intern’s scholarship today.

AGBU NYSIP 2014 interns recieve a grand welcome to New York City at a private party hosted by Edele Hovnanian (Back row, third from left)


NYSIP Starts 2013 Session: Day 1- Arrival and Orientation

With the beginning of another hot New York summer comes the beginning of a new and exciting NYSIP summer. On Sunday, June 16, 2013, 37 bright Armenian youth, hailing from Armenia, Canada, France, Lebanon, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the

United States, arrived in New York City to begin their AGBU New York Summer Internship Program experience.

After moving into their dorm rooms at New York University, the interns participated in an orientation session at the AGBU Central Office. The AGBU staff briefed the students on the history of AGBU and its multitude of achievements over the past 107 years.

This morning, the interns began their eight-week internships, and look forward to acclimating to their new work environment, making new friends and learning more about themselves and their heritage..

Deadlines Fast Approaching for AGBU’s 2013 Summer Internship Program

AGBU is now accepting applications for its 2013 Summer

Internship Program, putting the amazing opportunity to live and work in the world’s most exciting cities within reach for Armenian college students.

Each internship program destination – Moscow, New York and Yerevan – offers participants something different, but equally rewarding. In Yerevan, students meet with government officials who are leading the country into the future, while tours of Armenia’s historical landmarks and a four-day journey to Karabakh bring them closer to their past. In Moscow, participants attend seminars with executives at global companies and look forward to a mid-summer trip to St. Petersburg,
a favorite annual tradition. In New York, a series of social events and networking activities give meaning to the phrase “the city that never sleeps.”

No matter what city they’re in, AGBU interns are always among their diasporan peers, who quickly become lifelong friends. They’re also positioning themselves for careers – in recent years, AGBU proudly congratulated many interns who were offered jobs at their host institutions. Wherever their internships take them, every student leaves the program with the resources, skills, and strong resumes they need to succeed.

For more information on the AGBU Summer Internship Program, please visit: or call (212) 319-6383.

The competitive selective process is already underway. All interested students are urged to apply now. Scholarships are awarded based on need and academic merit.

Application deadlines and contact information for each program are listed in the ad here..

Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence for AGBU NYSIP

Last weekend, hundreds of alumni, friends and donors of the AGBU New York Summer Intern Program (NYSIP) gathered in New York City for a weekend full of reunions and celebrations to honor the program’s silver jubilee, pay tribute to the visionaries who turned it into a flagship endeavor, and recognize the committed supervisors who nurture the professional aspirations of the students year after year.

Read our full press coverage on it here:

The local Armenian television station covering the New York-New Jersey area (VOAD) was also present at the gala; watch their extensive coverage below:

And click here to listen in on what the Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey had to say about it too.

Congratulations NYSIP!.