NYSIP 2015 Staying Busy in the City: Week 2 in Review

Monday, June 22nd ,2015 – Big Gay Ice Cream

On Monday, our interns got a chance to learn more about each other and their new neighborhood with a trip to Big Gay Ice Cream (http://biggayicecream.com/) in the West Village. On the walk from the dorm, the group broke the ice with a game of “Who Am I?” At the ice cream shop, the interns chose house flavors, such as American Glob and the Bea Arthur.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 – “Telling Your Story As You Build Your Career” with Arda Haratunian

On Tuesday, AGBU Central Board member Arda Haratunian led the second NYSIP professional development workshop at the AGBU Central Office. In her lecture, she discussed the basics of career development for those taking their first steps in the global workforce. She highlighted three aspects of professional behavior that we should all remember throughout our careers: things to know, things to do and things to get.

Things to know: all interns stay informed about current events; know their weakness and how to counter them; and know what makes them unique.

Things to do: stay two years at each position; come early and leave late every day; proofread and always use proper grammar, capitalization and spelling in all correspondence; and give examples in your cover letter and interviews.

Things to get: get uncomfortable by challenging yourself to achieve your professional goals; get training, experience and practice; get ready for interviews.

Arda left the interns with a homework assignment—to “cold call” (or email) a professional whom they admire before the end of the internship. This summer is just the beginning and if the interns make this summer count, they will be able to know themselves better as budding professionals.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 – Roundtable with Dr. Vicken Pamoukian

On Wednesday, NYSIP’s medical interns met with Dr. Vicken Pamoukian for a roundtable discussion about careers in the medical field. He shared the wisdom he gained over his 13-year career as a vascular surgeon at Lenox Hill Medical Center. He encouraged the interns to seriously evaluate their motivations for entering the medical profession and painted a realistic picture of the day-to-day challenges of life as a surgeon. He ended the candid conversation with tips on applying to medical school, emphasizing the importance of publishing in academic journals by assisting in scientific and medical research labs. The interns will see Dr. Pamoukian again later in the summer to observe one of his surgeries.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 – Trip to Grand Central Station

On Thursday, a few interns explored Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street where they met for dinner at one of New York’s most famous burger joints, Shake Shack.  The interns from California couldn’t help but compare it to the West Coast rival In-n-Out Burger.

After dinner, two interns took part in one of Grand Central Terminal’s longstanding traditions.  Standing at opposite ends of the station, the interns were able to hear each other thanks to the special design of the marble arches.

Friday, June 26th, 2015 – Huyser Music Ensemble

On Friday, the second work week of NYSIP ended with an evening performance by the Huyser Music Ensemble at the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral.   The concert brought together Armenians from the tri-state area to spend the evening enjoying modern renditions of traditional Armenian songs.  By the end of the night the interns had gained insight into the cultural scene of the New York Armenian community, and developed a greater appreciation for Armenian heritage.


Saturday, June 27th, 2015 – Murder at the Met

On Saturday, NYSIP welcomed the second weekend with a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art…with a twist.  Activities coordinators came up with a way to help the interns appreciate the museum’s vast collection through a murder mystery game.  Interns were tasked with figuring out clues that led them to eight of the museum’s most quintessential pieces, including a bob lob law century Armenian khachkar, Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypress, and the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur.

Winners of the murder mystery, Ari Kazanjian and Artoun Festekjian, were treated to a Magnolia Bakery cupcake on Monday.

Sunday, June 29th, 2015 – Cooking with Christina

On Sunday, the interns took some time to relax and gear up for the week ahead.  Some of our interns joined the crowd of thousands at the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade, witnessing an unprecedented historic moment for the United States. After the parade, interns headed back to the dorms in the evening to cook as a group.

On the menu was the Armenian classic, cheese boereg, which the interns prepared in an assembly line. With the leftover phyllo dough, one intern suggested an Armenian twist on an American classic—the apple turnover. By the end of the night, everyone headed back to their rooms with full stomachs and bags of sweet and savory boereg for lunch the next day.


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