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

For Students


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 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 one month in the summer and 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 month-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 2017 intern, Mary Versa (2nd from right), and three friends from the Tutoring Center

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 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020


Application Deadline

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.


Once accepted as an intern, you will  receive a notification letter.  Should you decide to participate, please 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, the internship coordinator 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 usually 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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Last Updated: 7/26/18