Deadline Extended, Apply Now to the Armenian Assembly of America Summer Internship Program

Washington, DC – The Armenian Assembly of America’s application deadline for its 2022 Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC, and the Assembly’s Yerevan Internship Program in Yerevan, Armenia, is fast approaching on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Barring COVID-19 restrictions, both programs are on track to resume in June 2022.

The influential internship programs in Washington, DC and Yerevan provide college students of Armenian descent an opportunity to experience two vibrant capitals, and participate in a full slate of educational, cultural, networking, and social activities throughout the eight-week duration, including a “Lecture Series” program that features leading entrepreneurs, academics, civic leaders, and public policy makers.

Participants also regularly intern and meet with Members of Congress through the “Capitol Ideas” program. Past meetings with U.S. elected officials have included former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with the leadership of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, and among other noted politicians.

Internship placements in D.C. include congressional, think tanks, media, and governmental agencies, whereas students admitted into the Yerevan Internship Program may intern with Armenian governmental offices, NGOs, think tanks, museums, media outlets, medical centers, and more. Throughout the course of two months, participants in the Yerevan Internship Program will experience life in their ancestral homeland, tour historical sites around Armenia, and meet Armenian officials, while forming friendships with fellow Armenians in the homeland and from around the globe.

Further information about both programs can be found here.

For additional details or assistance with the application process, please contact Intern Program Director Joseph Piatt at 202-393-3434 ext. 336 or via email at

3 Year Old Armenian Boy in South Florida Struck By Tragedy

Aren Tokatlian-Maltez in October, 2021.

POMPANO BEACH, FL – On Tuesday, November 23rd, the Tokatlian-Maltez family of Pompano Beach, FL suffered a terrible tragedy when their 3-year-old son, Aren, was hit by a car in front of their home. Aren suffered a traumatic brain injury and was rushed into emergency surgery. He miraculously survived and is slowly improving every day. For six grueling weeks filled with setbacks and multiple surgeries, he received tremendous care by the doctors and nurses in the pediatric ICU and was finally able to come home on December 29th.

Though Aren has returned to his family, he still has a very long journey ahead of him as he slowly has to relearn basic skills that he had before the accident. Aren is going to need continued care and various therapies on the road to recovery – the bills for which are already beginning to pile up.

In this season of giving, we encourage all members of our community to band together to lessen the burden for the Tokatlian-Maltez family as they care for Aren.

Please click here to donate to Aren’s GoFundMe and for further updates on his condition.

Florida Armenians and the entire Armenian community in South Florida supports the Tokatlian-Maltez family during this terrible time. We pray Aren has a quick recovery and can return to the healthy and happy little boy he was sooner rather than later.

Armenian Christmas Celebrations in Florida 2022

Boca Raton

All church services, including Armenian Christmas celebrations, are cancelled until further notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak at St. David Armenian Church.

Ft. Lauderdale

Below is the schedule for St. Mary Armenian Church.




Due to Fr. Hovnan testing positive for Covid 19, the Christmas Eve Jrakalooyts Badarak scheduled for this Wed. Jan. 5th has been cancelled.

This coming Sunday January 9th, worship will be livestream only and fellowship postponed, due to an outbreak of Covid within our community.

Joining several other parishes in our Diocese, we will postpone the blessing of waters and special fellowship at least until next Sunday Jan 16th.

Please use this link to livestream the Sunday January 9th worship from St. Hagop.

We hope to see everyone back in person for Sunday, January 16th worship and fellowship. Please wear your mask when you do attend, or if you feel safer at home, join us via livestream!

With prayers for health and blessings in the New Year,

Fr. Hovnan and the St. Hagop Parish Council

P.S. Fr. Hovnan’s symptoms are not severe, with every hope for a quick recovery. He is triple vaccinated and was wearing his mask except when seated to eat and chat. We urge all to take necessary precautions for our common health.

This post was updated on January 6, 2022 at 10:00am.