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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