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For-Credit Exchanges and Internships

The collaboration between Dartmouth and the American University of Kuwait includes both for-credit exchanges and internships for students from both Dartmouth and AUK.

Opportunities For Dartmouth Students

Mary Versa and three friends
Fall 2018 interns Ally Gaines and Hannah Lang

The application deadline for 2021-22 opportunities has passed. 

Each year, Dartmouth students have the opportunity to participate in either the for-credit exchange or the internship program. The next application cycle will open in Fall 2021.

1- For-Credit Exchange (Fall only)

The for-credit exchange program allows students to spend a Fall term taking classes at AUK while immersing themselves in the local culture. Students typically spend 10-12 weeks in Kuwait. Applications are administered through the Guarini Institute for International Education (Off-Campus Programs) in close coordination with the Dartmouth-AUK office.

2- Funded Leave Term Internships (Fall and Spring)

The internship program allows students to use a leave term to go to Kuwait. Internship placements are available in both the Fall and the Spring terms. Students typically spend about 8-9 weeks in Kuwait. Applications are administered through the Dartmouth-AUK office. The internship is fully funded.

Students usually work in several administrative units during their time at AUK, depending on their interests and AUK's needs. They can also seek out AUK faculty members who they can assist in research and/or teaching. 

While preference is given to applicants who have taken coursework related to the Middle East or who are developing an interest in global learning, all are encouraged to apply. Applicants should indicate how the internship will enhance their academic, career, and personal goals. They should also be in good disciplinary standing. Applicants return to campus for at least one term after completing the internship. Returning interns agree to participate in the recruitment of subsequent interns, which involves attending the information in January and answering questions via email from interested students.

Leave Term Internship Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application form. Log-in first with your email address and then with your NetID and password.  You will be asked to upload an essay (Word document - at least two pages, double-spaced) indicating the relevance of this internship to your academic, intellectual, career, and personal goals.

Step 2: Obtain recommendations from two faculty members who are familiar with your academic work and interests. Send referees the link to the faculty recommendation form.  We also recommend sending referees a copy of your essay and the Program Information Sheet.

Step 3: Up-to-date transcript. Request from the Registrar and email to American.University.of.Kuwait.Project@dartmouth.edu. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Selection Process

The selection committee, consisting of the Dartmouth-AUK staff and one or two Dartmouth faculty members, will review the applications, and selected students will be invited to interview with the committee. Students are typically notified of placement decisions around the first week of March.

Upon Acceptance

Email correspondence with AUK begins several months in advance of your trip in order to determine internship placements. AUK makes every effort to match student interests while taking into account AUK department needs. Two or three months before traveling to Kuwait, you will be given a partial stipend ($3500) to cover travel expenses, meals, and incidentals. Living accommodations are provided at no cost to students in an off-campus apartment (usually) within walking distance to the campus.

After the Internship

All interns are required to submit a report about the internship experience within 30 days of their end date in order to receive their final stipend ($500). This report will be made available to future applicants on our website and should be appropriate for both Dartmouth and AUK audiences. 

Opportunities For AUK Students

Each summer, AUK students have the opportunity to travel to Dartmouth for either the internship program or the for-credit exchange program.  AUK students are at Dartmouth for about 8 weeks, from approximately mid-June through the second week in August. The application period is typically from December-January. AUK students interested in either of these programs should start by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at AUK. 

1- For-credit exchange (Summer only)

The for-credit exchange program has been on hold throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to resuming this program in Summer 2022.

2- Internships (Summer only)

VIrtual Internships will be available for Summer 2021.   

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at AUK for information about the placements available and how to apply.

Placements vary each year depending on departmental needs. Past internship hosts have included the Rassias Center for Language Programs, the Office of Communications, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Hood Museum, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. AUK interns can also audit Dartmouth classes with the permission of the professor and the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office. Note: Auditing classes is not available during virtual internships in Summer 2021.

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