Recent Graduates Seeking Jobs in Washington should Submit Applications for Free Housing and Job Placement Support; Student Internship Opportunities Also Available
WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has extended the Winter 2017 Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program (ANCA CGP) application deadline, expanding the opportunity for recent graduates to participate in this unique job placement program which offers three months of free housing, career-building workshops, and networking opportunities – all designed to help young professionals achieve their career goals in the nation’s capital.
Applications for the Winter 2017 session are now due by November 7 and are available at anca.org/gateway/application. The session begins January 2017.
“With expanded housing opportunities at the Aramian House, we’re extending the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program application deadline to ensure public policy oriented recent graduates can explore the diverse career options Washington, DC has to offer,” said ANCA Government Affairs Director Raffi Karakashian. “As always, our dedicated team of program alumni and staff are looking forward to offering guidance to our ANCA CGP fellows, as they take on new challenges in the nation’s capital.”
In addition to recent graduates, the ANCA CGP also serves university students interested in Washington, DC internship opportunities– both at the ANCA offices and various governmental agencies, space permitting.
Launched in 2003 with a founding grant by the Cafesjian Family Foundation, the ANCA CGP has helped over 120 Armenian American professionals from across the U.S. explore career prospects in Washington DC. Gateway Program fellows are offered three months of free housing at the ANCA’s Aramian House, located in the heart of Washington, DC in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, just blocks from the ANCA offices. Karakashian and the Capital Gateway Program Advisory Committee (CGPAC) coordinate a series of career placement workshops on a range of issues including resume and cover letter preparation, effective interview strategies and networking. The CGPAC also connects fellows with mentors most closely aligned with their career goals for one-on-one advice and encouragement.
For university students interested in a quarter/semester in Washington, DC, the ANCA CGP can assist with internship guidance and placements both at the ANCA headquarters and other public policy and government institutions. Students are offered up to three months of free housing at The Aramian House depending on space availability and along with assistance to ensure they meet their university program obligations.
Additional information about the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program is available at anca.org/gateway or by calling (202) 775-1918.
The ANCA CGP is named after Hovig Apo Saghdejian, a beloved young community leader who lost his life in a tragic car accident and whose eternal memory continues to inspire new generations of Armenian Americans. His family generously established the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Memorial Fund in his memory and, over the past decade, have played a vital role in the expansion of the program. Substantial support has also been provided by longtime ANCA benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Barbara Hekimian and the Armenian American Veterans Post of Milford, Massachusetts (AAVO).
The recent purchase of The Aramian House was made possible through a generous donation by the family of the late community leader and philanthropist Martha Aramian of Providence, Rhode Island. The Aramian family – led by sisters Sue, Margo, and the late Martha – have long been among the most generous benefactors of ANCA programs as well as of charitable projects in the Armenian homeland and the Diaspora.