In 2017-2019 the Caucasus Institute arranged two-week internships for young specialists and students from Nagorno-Karabakh in CSOs, state entities, commercial organizations in Yerevan in order to improve their skills and provide practical experience, broaden their understanding of the field so that they will contribute to development of their fields in Nagorno-Karabakh. The project covered roundtrip travel from Nagorno-Karabakh, the costs of accommodation in Yerevan for the duration of the internships, and scholarship. Based on their application (received on the basis of first come, first served), young specialists were placed as interns either in the organization they had already reached an agreement with, or with the one the project sought for applicants. 33 young professionals and students in Nagorno-Karabakh with enriched experience, skills and understanding of internship, new opportunities, acquired new jobs, new network, changed perception of how their field should work.
Flora HairapetyanUndergraduate student, Department of English and Literature, ArSU
Gurgen BaghdasaryanGraduate of Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory
The internships took place in spring 2018-spring 2019. 15 students and 18 young specialists did their internships in the fields of accounting and finance, translation, law, music, media and psychology. Five interns were placed at the CI as translators (including students from Mashtots University), taking part in translating a book about deterrence in the Karabakh conflict. Internship placements included the MFA, the Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Society Institute, INTRA Mental Health Center, and Central Bank of Armenia.
Nanar HayrapetyanTranslator, TUMO Artsakh
Mira DanielyanUndergraduate student, Department of History and Law, Artsakh State University
Susanna MovsesyanGraduate of Economics and Law Department, ArSU
One of the interns, an opera singer, has recently founded a vocal center in Artsakh. Another intern, a lawyer, whom the internship helped graduate from the School of Advocates at K&P law firm, now is Press Secretary of the President of the National Assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh.