WATERTOWN, Mass.—This summer, the Armenian Students’ Association of America, Inc. (ASA) sponsored an internship at the Armenian Weekly for one undergraduate student in journalism.
For a six-week period, Lilly Torosyan, the first intern accepted into the program, wrote articles for the Weekly, receiving a stipend of $150 a week. Torosyan’s internship was later extended for another six-week period and will conclude in late August.
From West Hartford, Conn., Torosyan is an active member in her church’s ACYOA and in Boston University’s ASA. A junior at Boston University, she is studying international relations and political science. Torosyan’s articles for the Weekly are available here.
“I was thrilled to find out that I received this internship. It has been a great opportunity to advance my writing and interviewing skills, as well as to make connections with other Armenian communities throughout the country,” she said. “[Editors] Khatchig and Nanore are the best bosses anyone could ask for. They were really patient with me—even when I lacked ideas,” she added.
“We are grateful to the ASA for sponsoring this internship. It has given us an opportunity to engage a greater number of Armenian-American university students in journalism,” said Armenian Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian. “Lilly Torosyan, our first ASA journalism intern, has been a great asset for our newspaper. We wish her continued success in her studies at BU, and we are confident we’ll see her byline in the Weekly even after her internship concludes later this month,” he added.
Dr Michael G. Mensoian, a member of the ASA Board of Trustees, originally formulated the idea of the internship. “We were fortunate in placing the first recipient of the Armenian Students’ Association of America, Inc. Journalism Internship with the Armenian Weekly,” Mensoian said. “Her successful completion of the internship is an important milestone for the ASA, Inc. as the Board of Trustees seeks to provide professional-level experiences for our young men and women. The ASA, Inc. Board of Trustees believes it is important that more of our undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter the important field of journalism. This new program will augment the successful Scholarship Grant Program that has been the hall- mark of the ASA since its founding in 1910.” Mensoian said he hopes to continue the internship program next year, as well.
The Armenian Students’ Association, Inc. has provided financial assistance for Armenian-American college students in the form of scholarships and internships for the past 100 years. The journalism internship will be continued next summer.
To learn more about the ASA or participate in one of their educational opportunities, visit www.asainc.org.