AGBU Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications for 2018!

Where will you Make Your Summer Count?

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain real-world professional experience while exploring a brand new city!

Submit your applications today to any of our five exciting programs – AGBU Buenos Aires Internship, AGBU Paris Summer Internship Program, AGBU London Summer Internship Program, AGBU New York Summer Internship Program and AGBU Yerevan Summer Internship Program

2018 Application Deadlines:
Buenos Aires – December 1, 2017
London – December 1, 2017
New York – PRIORITY November 1, 2017; FINAL December 1, 2017
Paris – December 1, 2017
Yerevan – December 1, 2017

For more information about our programs and the application, visit

Apply Today to AGBU Summer Internship Program 2017!

Where will you start your career? Our interns across the globe get a jump on theirs with competitive placements in our longstanding AGBU Summer Internship Program. Next summer, we will have opportunities in two new cities—Buenos Aires and Paris—in addition to the popular programs in New York, London and Yerevan.

Deadlines are approaching fast, so don’t miss out!  Choose your destination to launch your professional journey. Apply by December 2, 2016.

Click here to begin your application.

AGBU Summer Interns Made Summer 2016 Count!

AGBU Continues to Invest in Creating Generations of Talented Young Armenians

College-age students gain valuable experience in Armenia and throughout the diaspora with the AGBU Summer Internship Program.

Every year, AGBU offers a spectacular array of programs that not only help Armenian youth prepare for successful careers, but also allow them to become better acquainted with what it means to be Armenian in the 21st century.

In summer 2016, Armenians in their teens and twenties packed their business attire, instruments and shovels for internship, musical and community service programs that took them around the globe to help them understand themselves and their heritage even better.

To find out more about how our interns and other AGBU youth made the most out of their summer, click to read the AGBU press release

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

AGBU Summer Internship Program 2015 Was One to Remember!

AGBU Offers Young Adults an Enriching Array of Summer Programs

For students about to enter the professional world, AGBU offers an array of programs that not only allow them to prepare for their futures, but also learn about their Armenian heritage. This year, Armenian youth participated in internship, musical and community service programs that helped them solidify their career aspirations and strengthen their ties to Armenians around the globe.

To find out more about how our interns and other AGBU youth made their summer count, click to read our AGBU press release.

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.

AGBU Alumni Spotlight Features YSIP Alum Nanor Balabanian

Nanor Balabanian
Founder, Hidden Road Initiative; High School History Teacher
Age: 23
Location: California
AGBU Involvement: Participated in AGBU Yerevan Summer Internship Program (YSIP) in 2009: Scholarship recipient

“YSIP for me was that link, the link that helped connect me to Armenia. That summer with YSIP was ultimately the best summer of my life. It not only opened new doors for me professionally, but it also connected me to Armenians from the villages of Armenia to the mountains of Switzerland and the outskirts of Jerusalem.” –Nanor

Bio: Born in Syria, raised in Anjar, Lebanon, and currently living in California, Nanor Balabanian often finds herself lost between the different places she calls “home.” Since her move to the United States in 2005, Balabanian has been passionate about connecting Armenians from around the world, both physically and virtually. During the summer of 2009, Balabanian participated in YSIP and interned at the United Nations Development Office in Armenia – an experience that shaped the rest of her academic and professional career. Motivated by her YSIP colleagues and their drive to serve Armenia, she applied to the Donald A. Strauss Foundation that granted her $10,000 to implement a public service project to bring Internet and computer labs to the rural village of Akhpradzor, Armenia (south of Lake Yerevan).

Balabanian has since founded The Hidden Road Initiative, a student-led organization that brings together Armenian students to run service projects in Armenia. In 2012, her team was invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative, founded and hosted by former President Bill Clinton, to present and network with global student leaders. Balabanian holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a Masters in Education and Teaching Credential in Social Studies from Stanford University. She speaks Armenian, Arabic, English and French, and loves Armenian folk dancing, as well as Armenian theater. She is currently a world history teacher in Redwood City, California.

What originally led you to start up the Hidden Road Initiative (HRI) while you were still an undergraduate at UCSB? And what hurdles did you face while creating the organization as a student?

“Armenian? What’s that? Do you guys even have a country anymore?” These were the words that I first heard when I moved to my new American high school in 2005. Coming from Anjar, a village where 100% of the citizens were Armenian to a country where most people did not know of Armenia, Armenians, or the Armenian Genocide, I was in complete shock. However, this initial shock only helped to strengthen my Armenian identity, drove me to love my heritage, and motivated me to find other young Armenians who felt the same way.

My dream to connect Armenians came true when I got to UCSB and found a group of dedicated and driven students. Attending Armenian Student Association (ASA) meetings and Armenian dance practices, I was amazed at the passion and dedication of Armenian youth in America. What was missing was our link to Armenia. YSIP was that link for me, the link that helped connect me to Armenia. That summer, I got to visit one of the world’s most isolated villages. The village’s main difficulty was the lack of roads – a road to take them to the doctor, a road to connect them to the capital to sell their crops, a road to the university. While rebuilding the road itself would have been unimaginable and unsustainable for us at the time, my YSIP colleagues and I brainstormed the idea of creating a “virtual road.” That is when I founded HRI.

My goal was to connect the road and bridge issues between students in the Armenian village of Akhpradzor and the rest of the world through the Internet and summer service camps. Through the use of communication technologies, we aim to maintain a constant connection with the isolated students, assess the needs of the village school, fundraise for school development projects and humanitarian needs, provide for the costs of running the school’s computer lab and summer educational programs. Through our summer programs, we hope to empower the students by introducing them to the technological skills of the 21st century and connecting them to peers from around the world. Two years have passed and the students have been using the computers for word processing, conducting research, writing emails, Skyping with family abroad, and printing official documents for the village. Many of them have now gone to university and are able to use computers to type their papers and conduct research.

What advice do you have for individuals who want to start up and build their own company or pursue a mission like HRI? What have you learned about conquering failure and adversity?

First, start with an idea. Then find a close, trusted group of dedicated team members with whom you can build and live out the idea. It’s also extremely important to set measurable and realistic goals, measure and assess your success and failure, learn and re-do. Be open to making mistakes and through them improve and create new strategies. Failure is both depressing and rewarding. The key is to maintaining a growth mindset. When you look at failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, your chances of success increase exponentially.

You are also pursuing a career in teaching. What is it that you want your students to learn and gain from you?

Every time I visit Lebanon or Armenia, I am amazed at the differences in our lifestyles, values and cultures. Even though I grew up in Lebanon, I have become accustomed to the American lifestyle and the American ways of living. In my opinion, when you leave the country to go back to your “roots,” your identity strengthens and you start looking at life with a different perspective. Connecting with people outside of your bubble has the power to shape and change the meaning of your life. I want to encourage my students to go on service trips, to study abroad, and to live with people abroad. I also want them to know that it’s not about “us” versus “them.” Yes, we have many differences, but when we go on service projects with the mentality that we “need to help them,” that project will not work. Armenia does not need our help. Armenians need one another. We need to develop relationships because it is only through unions and relationships that we can unify and protect our heritage and strengthen our country.

Name a role model who has had an impact on your life and the decisions you have made.

One of my role models has been an Armenian American physicist named Anahid Yeremian. Anahid moved from Armenia to the United States as a teenager. Upon arriving, she worked extremely hard in school and persevered through various cultural and academic challenges. She is now one of the very few female physicists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. More importantly, she is one of the very few Armenian physicists working in one of the world’s most innovative centers.

It is not just Anahid’s drive that motivates me, but her zeal to bring Armenian youth together, as well. For years, Anahid has been the “mother” of Stanford’s Armenian Students Association (ASA). She is present at every meeting, participates in community events, and supports several ongoing projects. In fact, she influenced a team of Stanford ASA students to start the Act for Armenia organization, which funds six border villages in Armenia.

Most importantly, Anahid was the person who opened the door for me to Armenia. In 2009, she saw my passion for Armenia and decided to fund my trip to YSIP with the agreement that one day I would lead a project of my own. At the time, her request seemed impossible to me. Now, it is a reality. Not only did Anahid support me from the moment I arrived to the United States, but she also empowered me to start HRI. I am forever grateful for her mentorship and inspiration.

Her guidance also taught me the importance of having someone believe in you. I started HRI because Anahid had faith in me. I have deep respect for those Armenians who encourage and empower younger students to lead projects and make a difference. Because of Anahid’s encouragement, I was able to start this project which, in turn, gave me a chance to empower younger students, both in UCSB and Armenia. Now, those same students have started their own projects and are encouraging and inspiring other students around them!

What is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is to empower and connect Armenians. I want to encourage American Armenians to discover the multiple opportunities around them that can enable them to do something. Most often, I find that when we look outside ourselves and give back, we actually gain much more than we give..

YSIP 2013 Participant on his First Journey to the Homeland

YSIP 2013 participant Aris Agdere writes about his first journey to the homeland:

I am proud to say that my first trip to Armenia is as a participant of the AGBU Yerevan Summer Internship Program. YSIP is allowing me to discover my country and true heritage while making amazing friends and experiencing life in the workforce. I was astounded when I found such diversity amongst my fellow interns. They come from the United States, Lebanon, Russia, England, and even Australia. Born and raised in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, I have not had many opportunities to meet fellow Armenians from abroad. This trip has allowed me to broaden my horizons and learn about Armenian culture and traditions as they are practiced in other countries. The cultural similarities between my new international friends and myself amaze me. Although their families have had to spread throughout the world, they have managed to persevere through hardships and preserve their culture. I am building friendships and enjoying my time exploring Armenia with other first-timers.

I particularly enjoyed visiting the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, gasping in awe of its surreal beauty which has been preserved for over 1500 years. Being exposed to such significant landmarks of Armenian history has given me a newfound sense of comfort and purpose which I have not experienced before. Aside from sightseeing and socializing, I am also learning about working life in Armenia as I intern at a tech company called Sourcio, where I am gaining further knowledge in computer science. Technical jargon aside, I am excited to hone my programming skills, which will leave me better prepared for future internships and careers. Ultimately, my experience as an intern for AGBU YSIP has been life-changing. I will not forget the good it has done for me and how it has inspired me to return to my homeland in the future..