For Students

Internships and For-Credit Exchanges

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The collaboration between Dartmouth and the American University of Kuwait includes a limited number of internships and for-credit exchanges 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 who 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 the following spring term. The Dartmouth-to-AUK internships are administered through the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office.

AUK students come to Dartmouth for approximately six weeks in the summer (mid-June to end of July). They have interned, for example, in the Rassias Center for Language Programs, the Office of Communications, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and TuckGO. However, the exact placements for any one year can change and prior placements do not determine future placements. 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 six week long internship at Dartmouth in the following summer. The AUK-to-Dartmouth internships are administered through the President's Office at AUK.

For Dartmouth Students

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

While preference is given to applicants who have taken coursework related to the Middle East or who are developing an interest in global learning, we still encourage you to apply even if you do not have this background. The applicant should indicate how the internship will enhance their academic, career, and personal goals. Applicants should be in good disciplinary standing according to the academic honor principle and Dartmouth standards of conduct.  A background check may be performed.

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 which involves attending the information meetings in January, if their schedule permits, or answering questions via email from interested students.

For-Credit Exchanges

Next Opening - Fall 2020.  Apply between October 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020 at the Guarini Institute for International Education (Off-campus Programs).

More information: Off-Campus Programs Fair, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Hanover Inn Grand Ballroom


Applications Open January 2020 for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Application Deadline: Thursday 6 February 2020

Information Sessions 2020, Collis Center: Tuesday 21 January at 5:30 pm and Wednesday 22 January at 5:30 pm

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application (click here). Note: It is a Microsoft Form so log-in first with your email address and then your NetID and password.

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

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 link to the Faculty Recommendation form, and the Program Information sheet.

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 Dartmouth faculty members, will review the applications, and selected students will be invited to interview with the committee. Notification that a student has been chosen to partcipate in the internship will be via an email notification letter, and a paper letter to the student's Hinman Box, around the first week of March.


Should you decide to participate, please sign the notification letter at the bottom of the second page indicating acceptance of the internship and agreement to the terms, and return the hard copy to the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office along with a short bio and an electronic scan of the photo portion of your passport. Email correspondence with Dr. Hanan Muzaffar, the coordinator of your experience at AUK, will begin several months in advance of your trip in order to determine department placements. She will make 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 for travel, and meals and incidentals. Living accommodations are in an off-campus apartment (usually) within walking distance to the campus.

After the Internship

In order to receive the final stipend, you must have submitted a report about your internship experience within 30 days of the last day of your internship. This will be made available to later participants on our website and should be appropriate for readers in Kuwait.

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For AUK Students

AUK students who wish to intern at Dartmouth should contact Dr. Hanan Muzaffar, Vice President of Student Affairs, at AUK.

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