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The Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program
44 North College Street Street, Suite 6125
Hanover, NH
03755-1807
Phone: (603) 646-9671
Fax: (603) 646-9673
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Internships

The Dartmouth-American University of Kuwait (AUK) Program offers a limited number of internships for students on both campuses.

Dartmouth students use a Leave Term to go to Kuwait. They usually work in several administrative units during their time at AUK, depending on their interests and AUK's needs. They may also choose to seek out AUK faculty members whom they can assist in research and/or teaching if it fits in with everyone's schedule. Interested students apply in January for a 10-week internship in either fall or spring term. The Dartmouth-to-AUK internships are administered through the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office.

AUK students, when they come to Dartmouth, work at the Hood Museum of Art, the Rassias Center for Language Programs, the Office of Public Affairs, and Dartmouth's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. AUK students may also audit Dartmouth classes with the permission of the professor and the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office. AUK students apply in December/January for the month-long internship at Dartmouth in summer. The AUK-to-Dartmouth internships are administered through the President's Office at AUK.

For Dartmouth Students

Preference is given to applicants who have taken coursework related to the Middle East, or demonstrated in other ways a sustained interest in the Middle East or in international education, and who can illustrate how the internship will enhance their academic, career, and personal goals.

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(L-R) AUK interns Sara Soliman, Hala Botros, and Nada Bedir with Dartmouth intern Shloka Kini in Kuwait.

Applicants must be returning to campus for at least one term after completing the internship. Returning interns agree to participate in the recruitment of subsequent interns and present at the annual Student Forum on Global Learning (SFGL) held on MLK Celebration Monday in January.

Application Deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
February 4, 2015, by 4 p.m.

Application Process

While we strive to make the application process as electronic as possible, the Faculty Recommendation form must be submitted in hard copy with original signatures.

Step 1: Complete the online application (click here). Automatically submitted electronically.

Step 2Write an essay (two-page, double-spaced Word document). Indicate the relevance of this internship to your academic, intellectual, career, and personal goals. Submit electronically to the email address below.

Step 3Obtain recommendations from two faculty members. They should be familiar with your academic work and interests. Give each referee a copy of your application essay, the signed Faculty Recommendation form, and the Program Information sheet. The faculty member can choose to answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper and attach to the form. Original recommendations with faculty signatures must be submitted to the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office. The physical address is below. It is your responsibility to see that these letters are submitted by the due date.

Step 4: Up-to-date transcript. Request from the Registrar and have it emailed to the address below.

Selection Process

The selection committee, consisting of the Dartmouth-AUK staff and one or two faculty members, will review the applications, and selected students will be invited to interview with the committee. Notification that one is chosen will be by a letter sent via email around the first week of March.

Acceptance

Once accepted as an intern, sign the notification letter at the bottom, indicating acceptance of the internship and agreement to the terms, and return it to the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office along with a short bio and copy of the photo portion of your passport. Email correspondence with Tadd Kruse at AUK will begin several months in advance of your trip in order to determine department placements. He will make every effort to match student interests while taking into account AUK department needs. Three or four months before traveling to Kuwait, you will be given a partial stipend for travel and meals and incidentals. Living accommodations are in an off-campus apartment within walking distance to the campus.

End of Internship

In order to receive the final stipend, you must submit a newsletter within 30 days after the end of your internship. This will be made available to later participants on our website.

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For AUK Students

AUK students who wish to intern at Dartmouth should contact Tadd Kruse, assistant to the president for institutional planning and effectiveness at AUK.

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The AUK–Thayer School of Engineering Dual-Degree Program

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The Great Hall at Thayer School

AUK offers a dual-degree program in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, one of the top engineering schools in the U.S. Thayer is known for a distinctive curriculum that emphasizes breadth of engineering training in a highly collaborative learning environment.

The degree allows AUK students to earn a bachelor of engineering (BE) degree in computer engineering at AUK and a bachelor of engineering (BE) degree in general engineering from the Thayer School after five years of study. AUK students admitted to this special program will study with Dartmouth faculty and students in Thayer’s state-of-the-art facilities.

AUK students accepted into the program go to Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth for a summer term (preferably sophomore year), then return to AUK to complete the requirements for the AUK bachelor of engineering (BE) degree in computer engineering. After completing the AUK degree, students return to Dartmouth for a fifth year to earn an ABET-accredited BE degree in general engineering from the Thayer School.

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Last Updated: 11/7/14