Kuwait is located northeast of Saudi Arabia and south of Iraq, at the northern end of the Arabian Gulf.
Kuwait’s terrain is almost entirely flat desert plain. Summers are dry and intensely hot; winters are short, with limited rain and moderate temperatures. The government is a constitutional, hereditary emirate ruled by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shiekh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Ninety percent of the population of 3.5 million, which is 85 percent Muslim, lives within a 500-square kilometer area surrounding Kuwait City and its harbor. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
|The American University of Kuwait campus|
The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education, founded in Kuwait in 2003. The educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods, and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. English is the language of instruction.
The two schools signed an agreement in 2003 that facilitated a series of advisory, consultative, and cooperative projects. The agreement has been renewed twice (2008 and 2013) and reflects the two institutions’ commitment to sustain the superb liberal arts education AUK provides and foster cross-cultural collaborations between faculty, students, and staff at both universities. The agreement is up for renewal again in 2018.
A month-long fellowship brings faculty from AUK to Dartmouth to engage in research and connect with others in their fields. An art historian from AUK became a Fellow at Dartmouth’s Leslie Center for the Humanities, two computer scientists have worked with Dartmouth colleagues at Thayer School of Engineering, and one has worked in the iQBS at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. Dartmouth faculty and staff travel to AUK to consult on administrative and academic matters. Students from both schools travel to their sister campus for internships. AUK students can also participate in a dual-degree program in engineering, where they study at AUK and at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.
The Middle East is experiencing major growth in higher education. Several new universities have been founded, and some U.S. universities have established branch campuses in the region, most notably in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. This is a time of exciting experimentation with different models that coincides with the region’s desire to provide a range of choices for its young people and to develop a robust network of national and regional scholarship and research.
You should have an interest in the region. You must spend at least six months at Dartmouth after completing your internship. A selection committee interviews applicants and recommends those who qualify for the program.
You must submit a two-page, double-spaced essay indicating the relevance of this internship to your academic, intellectual, career, and personal goals; an up-to-date official transcript; and two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your academic work and interests. Click here for more information.
Interns are assigned administrative jobs on campus. You also may choose to seek out faculty members whom you can assist in their teaching and research.
Dartmouth students live off campus in an AUK-owned apartment during their internship.
Business casual is generally appropriate. Shorts are appropriate attire only on athletic playing fields and beaches. Consult a recent travel guide for more information.
In Kuwait, summers are dry, with average temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Winters are short (December through February), with limited rain and temperatures averaging 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 degrees Celsius).
The best way to get around is by taxi and there are many. There are public buses but they are best used with someone who is familiar with them. More information is available in the intern resource guide.
Hanover is situated in the U.S. in west central New Hampshire, across the river from the state of Vermont. The town is part of the Upper Connecticut River Valley community, commonly known as the Upper Valley. Boston (Massachusetts), New York City, and Montreal (Canada) are just a few hours' drive away.
Main Street in Hanover
Hanover is a medium-sized town surrounded by rolling forested hills, the Connecticut River, and many lakes and ponds. Mountain ranges in both New Hampshire and Vermont are within several hours' drive. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures typically 20 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly -6 degrees Celsius) or lower, while summers can be humid and hot, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s (27–37 degrees Celsius). The town is governed by an elected board of selectmen.
One month (mid June to mid July).
You will either work in the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures or hold two successive internships, one at the Hood Museum of Art (on hiatus due to renovations until 2017) and one at the Office of Public Affairs. The Rassias intern will also have the opportunity to intern at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. You may also audit classes with the instructor′s permission.
AUK students stay on campus in student dormitories during their internship.
Approximately 4,800 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students attend Dartmouth during fall, winter, and spring terms. During the time of the AUK internships, the entire sophomore class at Dartmouth is on campus.
Summers in Hanover typically are warm, usually with temperatures around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21–27 degrees Celsius), although they can dip to the low 60s (15-plus degrees) and climb to the low 90s Fahrenheit (32-plus degrees Celsius). Periods of humidity and rain showers are common.
Most essential resources are within walking distance of the dormitories. There is a free public bus service available on weekdays, as well as taxi service at all times.
Last Updated: 4/28/15