Student Learns Inner Workings of
Office During Assembly Internship
DC- An interest in learning more about Washington politics brought
Whittier, California resident Alexandra Kazarian to the nationıs
capital to serve as an intern in the office of Congresswoman
Grace Napolitano (D-CA) during the Armenian Assemblyıs Summer
Internship Program. The program, in it's 24th year, hostsArmenian-American
college-aged students for an eight-week session in Washington,
working in Congresswoman Napolitano's office, I learned first-hand
about the day-to-day workings of the federal government," Kazarian
said. "This internship provided me a real opportunity to be
right in the middle of the lawmaking process."
responsibilities in the congressional office included drafting
constituent letters and reporting on Caucus and Committee meetings.
Congresswoman Napolitano is a member of the Congressional Caucus
on Armenian Issues as well as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,
the Small Businesses Committee, and the International Relations
learned so much during the past eight weeks in Washington,"
she said. "Dealing with issues ranging from small business legislation
to human cloning and from energy to the Nagorno Kazabagh peace
negotiations, gave me a new appreciation for the work done by
Congresswoman Napolitano and other members of Congress."
this was her first time in DC, growing up in a political family
gave Kazarian a glimpse of the workings of the government starting
at a young age. Her father Dennis Kazarian has always been active
in the political scene, serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman
Danielson, (D-CA) from 1974 to 1982 and most recently to the
California State Senator Charles M Calderon (D) from 1991 to
1998. Mr. Kazarian also served as the Executive Director of
the United Armenian Fund from 1990 to 1991. Her mother, Jasmine,
is a Language Arts teacher as Vail High School in Montebello.
plans on attending law school after her graduation from California
State University, Fullerton.
Assembly's Internship Program combines summer employment with
a full schedule of educational activities including meetings
with Members of Congress, policy makers, noted academicians,
and media personalities in order to learn about US-Armenia relations
and developments in Armenia.