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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

Armenian Assembly of America to Host ‘Fall Advocacy Week’

The Armenian Assembly of America is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Fall Advocacy Week that will take place virtually during the week of September 27, 2021. The 2021 Fall Advocacy Week will address topics covering congressional priorities, human rights issues, and Christians in peril, with a special focus on the one-year anniversary of the 44-Day War in Artsakh.

One Year After the War in Artsakh: Atrocities and Cultural Desecration
Monday, September 27, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

Webinar Registration

Christians in Peril
Monday, September 27, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Working to Make Artsakh Safe & Green
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

Webinar Registration

Fuel Advocacy
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Media Matters
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Noon – 1:00 pm EDT

Webinar Registration

Sign Up for Virtual Meetings with Members of Congress

Armenian Assembly of America Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Savey Tufenkian

Savey Tufenkian (middle) with her dear friends and fellow Assembly Board Members Elizabeth Agbabian (left) and Flora Dunaians (right)

Assembly Announces Endowed Internship in Her Memory

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) mourns the loss of longtime Assembly Trustee and Board of Directors member, Mrs. Savey Tufenkian.

A leading benefactor of the Assembly’s Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC, she and her husband Ralph contributed immensely to the program by establishing the Richard Tufenkian Memorial Fund, in loving memory of their son Richard, who was an Assembly Summer Internship Program alumnus. The Tufenkians regularly and thoughtfully supported the Armenian American community through a range of initiatives, including educational, cultural, and humanitarian endeavors.

Savey Tufenkian served with grace and distinction as a member of the Assembly’s Board of Directors during the 1990s. Along with then Assembly Board Members Flora Dunaians and Elizabeth Agbabian, Tufenkian was a dynamic force and spearheaded many Assembly initiatives, including the Assembly’s successful Galas in California. Savey and Ralph’s generosity and support throughout the diaspora and in Armenia and Artsakh was extensive and all-encompassing.

The Assembly recognized Ralph and Savey Tufenkian at the Assembly’s Gala in Newport Beach, CA in 2017 for their passion and dedication, especially with regard to the Assembly’s Internship Program.

“On behalf of the Armenian Assembly of America, we express our deepest condolences to her loving husband Ralph and members of her family, including their son and daughter-in-law Greg and Caroline Tufenkian and their children, as well as their daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Paul Kalemkiarian and their children and grandchildren. Savey’s commitment and philanthropic work for the betterment of the Armenian people was exemplary and will be sorely missed,” stated Assembly Board Co-Chairs, Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian.

“In her memory and honor, the Assembly is pleased to announce a new endowed internship, the Savey and Ralph Tufenkian Internship,” the Co-Chairs added. “This initiative will provide opportunities for Armenian American students for years to come, as Savey’s legacy continues throughout our community.”