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: http://agbu-internship.org/ 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: http://www.agbu.org/pressoffice/article.asp?id=924

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!.

AGBU New York Summer Interns Arrive in New York

Welcome 2012 NYSIP interns!

On Sunday, June 17, 2012, 30 studen ts from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Russia, the UK and across the US arrived in New York, ready to begin an exciting summer spent living, working, and networking in the city. Their arrival marked the beginning of the AGBU New York Summer Internship Program’s 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in July.

After settling into the NYU dorms, the interns joined NYSIP Associate Program Director, Michael Hovsepian, and this year’s Activities Coordinators, Mariana Mekbekian (2008 NYSIP alum and 2011 Activities Coordinator) and Nicole Zabounian (2009 NYSIP alum) for the program’s annual Welcome Dinner, where interns had the first of many opportunities to meet as a group.

The following day, Monday, June 18, the interns attended an orientation session at the AGBU Central Office. There, AGBU’s Director of Digital Media and Publications, Hrag Vartanian, discussed both AGBU’s proud history as a cultural and humanitarian organization, and future plans to strengthen AGBU programs around the world. He was joined by AGBU’s Associate Director of Education, Natalie Gabrelian, who gave an overview of the various activities the interns have to look forward to this summer organized for them by the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York (YPGNY). Planned events include Sunshine for Seniors, an annual community service project during which interns create a talent show for the residents of the Armenian Home for the Aged in Queens; the NYSIP 25th Anniversary Celebration Mixer; and the NYSIP Mentoring Program, which pairs each intern with a young professional established in the student’s field of interest who can offer sound advice and insights.

NYSIP interns began their individual internships on Tuesday, June 19, at notable companies including Merrill Lynch, New York University Medical Center, Mirrorball and The New York Resident, among others. In the upcoming weeks, the students will participate in engaging educational and cultural events, creating lifelong friendships and joining the ranks of a global AGBU network that is 25 years in the making. Stay tuned for their weekly updates.


AGBU Summer Internship Programs 25th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us for a reunion celebrating the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the AGBU Internship Program, taking place July 20-21, 2012 in New York City. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • RECONNECT with friends from summers past and meet other alumni
  • HONOR all the individuals who have impacted the program
  • LAUNCHa new

Tickets for the Friday Mixer and Saturday Celebration Gala at Battery Gardens can be purchased here. The weekend will be filled with other wonderful surprises for ticket purchasers. Hotel accommodations are available for out of town guests at the W Hotel in Union Square. For those who cannot attend, donations to support the program can be made at the same site above.

All alumni and friends of the program including supervisors and mentors are invited. We will start selling tickets to the entire AGBU community next week, so buy now before we open up sales to everyone.

Please visit our new AGBU website and fill out your most recent contact information to stay informed and in touch: https://agbu-internship.org/alumni/.

We look forward to celebrating with you this summer!.