AYF-YOARF Internship in Armenia Application
The AYF-YOARF Eastern Region began the Internship in Armenia program in 1992 to encourage Armenians in the Diaspora to visit and volunteer in Armenia. Over the past 25 years, the AYF has sent over 180 participants to Armenia. The Internship in Armenia program turns the Homeland into a reality by exposing interns to the people and culture of present day Armenia.

The program seeks motivated people who are willing to devote their summer to volunteer in Armenia. The Diaspora serves as a valuable resource in the growth and stability of Armenia, and as an intern, you can contribute to Armenia’s progress. Volunteers are placed in government agencies, private companies, and NGOs relating to their career/interests, and internships are available in almost every field. During the week, interns volunteer at their assigned internship. On the weekends, interns embark on tours outside of Yerevan, including overnight trips to Artsakh and Javakhk. The Internship Director will also provide opportunities for you to attend weekly lecture series, cultural events, and any other activities in which the interns may show interest.

Program dates: June 17th - August 23rd, 2019
Program Fee: $1,000

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 17TH, 2019

If you are offered a position in the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be due upon your acceptance. The remaining $750 will be due prior to your arrival in Armenia. Please send both payments in the form of a check made out to the "Armenian Youth Federation" to:

Armenian Youth Federation
Attn: Armenia Internship
80 Bigelow Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472

By February 1st, you will be informed of your acceptance status. You will have until February 15th to confirm your participation in the program and submit a deposit check of $250 for the program. Failure to submit the appropriate fees will rescind your application. This fee covers lodging for your time in Armenia, (June 17 – August 23), weekend sightseeing trips to historical landmarks, tours to various companies and institutions, and some paid group meals. The excursions are arranged by the program’s on-site directors and include meals, lodging, and transportation. Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare and other travel related costs, food, and weekday transportation throughout Yerevan. Further information will become available upon acceptance.

Eligibility:
All applicants must be between 18-28 years of age, and AYF membership is not necessary.

Once all your application materials are received, the internship Council will contact you for phone and Skype interviews to discuss your goals, experience, and skills.

PASSPORT: You should immediately apply for a passport if you do not already possess one.

Program Expectations:
All interns are required to volunteer for a minimum of 30 hours per week (6 hours a day), Monday through Friday, at their respective job sites throughout the entire duration of the Internship program. Interns are not allowed to take days off unless they fall ill or are directed to do so by the Internship Director for excursions that may take place during weekdays. Interns should be proactive in their work environment and not wait for coworkers to assign tasks. Business in Yerevan tends to slow in the summer, so interns should be ready and willing to carry out any tasks they are assigned or capable of doing on their own.

Interns will be required to attend any forums or educationals scheduled by the Internship Director. These topics will enlighten interns about Armenia’s current day issues, allow them to establish connections with resourceful others, and give them time to reflect on their experiences.

Interns may be directed to leave work earlier than usual on specified days to take part in community service projects implemented by the Internship Director. The Internship Director will schedule tentative service projects throughout the city of Yerevan, including, but not limited to, cleanup projects, visiting orphanages, etc.

Excursions outside the city will take place on weekends, with some exceptions, the dates of which will be provided in advance. All interns MUST attend all planned excursions throughout the duration of the program. Over the next two months, interns will be exposed to an exceptional excursion experience, from visiting the usual tourist attractions, to finding themselves in a unique place they’ve never even heard of before.

The Internship program has a strong online presence via social media to allow interns to share their experiences with others who can follow the program daily. The Internship Director will be responsible for updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the blog, but the interns are responsible for providing the content. All interns are expected to write blurbs about their experiences throughout the summer, which will be submitted to the Internship Director for posting.

Please reach out via e-mail to internship@ayf.org if you have any questions.

Email address *
Name *
Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year) *
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Street Address (Street, City, State, Zip) *
Home Phone Number *
Cell Phone Number *
Country of Citizenship *
Are you a permanent resident of the United States? *
Name of emergency contact, relation to you, and phone number to contact immediately *
Undergraduate school major and (expected) graduation date *
Graduate school major and (expected) graduation date *
Are you a member of the AYF-YOARF? If so, what chapter? *
AYF membership is not necessary to apply.
If not, have you ever been a member? If so, what chapter? *
Are you a member of any other Armenian organizations? Please elaborate. *
Have you ever visited Armenia before? *
If so, when was your most recent visit? *
Do you speak Armenian? *
Do you read/write Armenian? *
Do you speak any language other than Armenian and English? If so, which language and to what level of fluency? *
Which of the following fields would you be interested to volunteer in? *
Please select at least one and up to three fields of study.
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Is there a specific place you would like to intern? If so, have you been in contact with the company yourself? *
The Internship Council will do its best to place you at this location if it is accepting interns.
Would you be interested in participating in the Camp Javakhk program as part of your internship experience? *
If yes, the Internship Council will work with you to coordinate the details.
What is motivating you to apply to this program? Explain what you hope to gain from this experience. (Do not exceed 750 words) *
Are you participating in other summer programs in Armenia? If so, please list below: *
Please upload two letters of recommendation and contact information for your references. Do not use relatives or friends. Acceptable personal references include professors, supervisors, clergy, etc. *
Provide name, relationship, job title, phone number, and email address below of both references:
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Please upload a copy of your most recent resume. Include educational institutions attended, experience, and skills. *
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I acknowledge that I have read the Internship program description and expectations at the beginning of the application. *
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