On June 26, this year’s NYSIP interns participated in the first of the two-part professional mentoring experience. The annual event, which is organized by the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York, took place at Ventanas restaurant and bar in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York.

Throughout the evening, each intern was paired with a young professional working in that intern’s area of interest. This way, they were given the opportunity both to gain valuable insights in their chosen profession and establish a working relationship with a professional who could assist them during their time in New York and beyond.

Institutions represented this year included JP Morgan, Deutsche bank, Universal McCann and the investigative journalism program, “Inside Edition”. The second, and more formal, mentoring night is slated to take place next month.

It’s been an exciting week for the 2012 NYSIP interns who were treated to three major events, two of which were highly informative professional lectures by former NYSIP participants. On June 21, Serge Kassardjian (NYSIP 2000), strategic partner in mobile commerce at Google, conducted a career development lecture at the AGBU Central Office, which included strategies and advice on finding the right job and career advancement.

The interns then attended a professional lecture by Patrick Sarkissian (NYSIP 1995), founder and CEO of SarkissianMason on June 25. The event, which was held at the offices of Sarkissian Mason, encouraged the interns to think differently and featured an interactive segment whereby they approached the idea of what it means to be Armenian and the challenges facing both the Armenian nation and the Diaspora. Mr. Sarkissian hosted a reception at his home for the interns afterward.

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The young patients within the Yerevan Muratsan University Hospital receive many visitors, but few bring as much energy and cheer as their most recent guests: the AGBU Yerevan Scouts, who arrived at the hospital earlier this month wearing costumes, playing music and holding balloons.

In celebration of International Children’s Day, on June 1, 2012, the Scouts, dressed as popular cartoon characters and animals, made the rounds through all of the hospital’s departments. They sat at the bedsides of the youth, playing games and delivering special gifts before gathering in the hospital’s main hall, where they taught the children new songs, poems and dances.

Smiles and laughter were contagious throughout the visit, as the Scouts transformed the hospital into a playroom. Next year, the Scouts commented, they hope the children can celebrate the holiday at home with their families, happy and healthy.

Summer is officially underway for kids in the Pasadena area who have just joined AGBU’s latest day camp and will spend the next five weeks meeting new friends, playing sports, making crafts, learning about their culture and much more.

Over 60 youth ages 6-13 are already enjoying days that are jam-packed with exciting activities. Under the supervision of an experienced staff at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center in California, campers are rehearsing plays, singing their favorite songs, playing sports, learning about Armenian history, and mastering Armenian dance moves. When they’re not enjoying the outdoors, the kids will be on fun field trips, such as bowling and rock climbing.

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Welcome 2012 NYSIP interns! On Sunday, June 17, 2012, 30 students 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.

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