If you think about the stereotypical big-city internship, the image of a college-aged student fetching coffee may come to mind. 

But that was definitely not the case for Armand Avetisian, who spent the summer of 2018 as a business development intern at EpiVax Oncology in New York City, where he worked side-by-side with the company’s CEO and Co-Founder, Gad Berdugo.

“It was a very unique experience working directly with the CEO on strategic direction,” says Avetisian, who is pursuing his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Columbia University, where he’s slated to graduate in December. “I learned a lot about the business side of things, which is what I needed to work on. ... I would hear stories from my friends that have supervisors a year or two older than them and here I am sitting next to the CEO. It really helped take me to the next level.”

Avetisian’s internship was made possible by the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) LifeSci NYC Internship program. The program is a core component of NYCEDC’s $500 million, 10-year LifeSci NYC initiative to accelerate growth of the life sciences industry and to create 16,000 new, good-paying jobs. The goal is to attract and prepare a diverse range of NYC students for careers in the life sciences sector and to ensure that it has a wealth of talent to fill the industry demand for high-quality jobs.


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