The AGBU Summer Internship Program was created with the intent and goal of empowering young Armenians through educational and professional opportunities. Launched in 1987 through the establishment of the New York Summer Internship Program (NYSIP), the Program set forth on its mission to provide a foundation for participants to build upon their college education by gaining fulfilling, hands-on experience in their fields of interest and to create a venue for students to engage in meaningful exchanges through a series of cultural and social activities thereby establishing personal connections which could evolve into a true global professional network.
Under the initial leadership of co-founders Vartkess and Rita Balian, AGBU’s New York Summer Internship Program quickly established its place as a premier internship program for Armenian university students. Within a matter of years, it flourished with many exciting activities, including networking events with some of the world’s top professionals, career-building lectures, unique cultural events and presentations, and community service projects. Today, NYSIP continues to evolve, reaching an unparalleled international reputation within the Armenian community and establishing itself amongst New York’s prominent institutions as an excellent resource for top interns.
Following the success of NYSIP, AGBU briefly expanded its initiative to include internship experiences in Los Angeles, California, and Paris, France. In 2007, AGBU created NYSIP’s popular sister program, the Yerevan Summer Internship Program (YSIP) in Armenia, providing an opportunity for the current generation of Armenian college students to reconnect to their ancestral homeland while exploring their chosen career paths.
Today, AGBU’s Summer Internship Program boasts over 800 alumni and, together with the AGBU Young Professionals, collectively form the basis for a global network of successful professionals and future Armenian leaders.