Arpine Hovhannisyan

Luther students share their experiences about their Washington Semester.

I am a current junior turning to be a senior student at Luther, majoring in Management and minoring in International Business. I spent my spring 2021 semester in Washington DC interning and taking classes with the Lutheran College Washington Semester program.

The Lutheran College Washington Semester program has not just been a new incredible learning experience for me but also opened up new professional opportunities. I was working on two internships, taking classes at the same time and trying to make the most out of exploring DC as much as I could. I got a chance to have both in-person and virtual internship experiences; my first internship was at the Armenian Embassy to the USA where I assisted the Embassy in day-to-day operations, conducted research projects, and performed administrative tasks for the Consul. I was also remotely interning for Listory Startup, the world's first content refinery, based in New York City. I assisted Listory in the areas of product management, market research, and analytics. I am so glad I had both internships and I really enjoyed all the work I did. Due to my time at the embassy I got a chance to improve my research skills and got introduced to the world of diplomacy. On the other hand, working at Listory Startup I learned a lot about product management, market research, analytics and was able to improve my skills in adopting the rapid changes of the technological world. All these skills and the knowledge I gained will only benefit me as I am moving forward with my career. I currently see my career in the field of Finance and Business Analytics, but product management was new for me that I discovered and can not wait to dive more into it.

I am so excited that I will continue remotely interning for Listory this summer too, and will stay in DC. I am hoping to explore more networking opportunities, visit graduate schools and learn more about business analytics through my summer internship at Listory.

One of the biggest things I learned was how to balance academics, work, and a social life that really made me feel more ready for life after college. Also, this experience provided me with the opportunity to network with professionals in my field and learn from their career stories. And finally, It was such an honor for me to receive the Dr. Christopher C. Joyner memorial award and I am so grateful I was able to be a part of this great program and I am proud to call myself an LCWS alumni. One more time I learned that hard work always pays off and consistency is one of the important keys to success. 

I strongly recommend this program to Luther students and I am more than happy to answer any questions about the program, finding internships, and how to make the best out of LCWS.

Arpine Hovhannisyan, '22 won the Dr. Christopher C. Joyner Memorial Award for Academic Excellence while studying with the Lutheran College Washington Semester Program this spring. Hovhannisyan is studying Management and Political Science. She interned with both the Armenian Embassy to the United States and Listory Corp during her time with LCWS.