Mariam Aghayan '17 is a Political Science and Public Policy double major from Albany, New York. She was born in Yerevan, Armenia, where she lived until moving to the United States at age 11. She has been a member of the European Youth Parliament since 2013 as a representative of Armenia.
Mariam interned at the Human Rights Defender’s Office in Armenia, in the Department of International Affairs. In 2014, Mariam was awarded a Project for Peace grant by the Davis Foundation to educate disabled, homeless, and children of war-torn families and teach them English, healthy living, computer literacy, and social skills. Later, in July 2014, she was awarded a Mellon Grant to travel to Greece for the Thessaloniki International Forum.
During the spring 2015 semester, Mariam studied abroad through the International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program in Geneva, Switzerland. Following that semester, in May 2015, she won another Mellon Grant to study the status of women’s rights in Morocco. Mariam spent the summer of 2015 interning at the United Nations Headquarters as part of the Permanent Mission of Armenia. Mariam studied abroad again during the spring 2016 semester in the International Relations and Political Science program in Berlin, Germany. During her semester abroad, she interned at the Armenian Embassy to Germany. Mariam went on to intern at the United Nations Offices in Geneva as part of the Permanent Mission of Armenia, and attended the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council.
At Gettysburg, Mariam works as a Peer Learning Associate and as a Research Assistant for the Political Science Department. She is the President of Model Arab League. Mariam has been involved with The Eisenhower Institute since the fall of 2014, when she participated in the Inside Politics program with Kasey Pipes. This is her second year being a Fielding Fellow.
Mariam plans to attend graduate school next year and then pursue a career in international diplomacy.