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Graduate Student Interns 2016
Aryka Rice and Adrienne Bocci
Summer 2017 Interns

Program General Description

The American University of Kuwait is offering three graduate internship opportunities in Student Affairs/Student Services during 2018 as the program celebrates its 10th year of operation.

Summer 2018 (June-July) 3 positions (Masters ONLY students)

One of the Summer 2018 internship positions is funded by the U.S. Embassy Kuwait, through a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Grantees will have the opportunity to collaborate with the U.S. Embassy Kuwait on local outreach throughout their internship.

The internship program is designed to provide graduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain essential experiences within professional areas of Student Affairs/Student Services, a deeper understanding of higher education administration, and to acquire specific skill sets which will help prepare them for a career in the profession. As the Student Affairs profession continues to grow in the Middle East and around the globe AUK is proud to offer this unique opportunity for young professionals to broaden their horizons on a personal, academic, and professional level. The first Student Affairs Graduate Interns at AUK participated in Summer 2009 (read the article) and the University is pleased to build off of the success of the program in each successive year.

AUK Graduate Student Summer Internship Program Accomplishments:

  1. 2011 NASPA Best Practice Award for International Exchange Programs Recepient
  2. 2017 U.S. Department of State (funded by the U.S. Embassy Kuwait) Grant Recipient

Placements & Duration

Placement possibilities exist in six different professional areas within Student Affairs/Student Services and include the following:

Student Affairs
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
Counseling Center
Office of Student Life
* Student Affairs units report to the Dean of Student Affairs
Student Services
Office of Admissions
Office of the Registrar
Academic Support Services
* Admissions reports to the Vice-President for Admissions & Public Affairs; and both Academic Services reports to the Dean of Academic Support Services

Graduate Student Interns 2015
For specific information on the opportunities available in each department please refer to the Departmental Placement Overview: Duties/Responsibilities (Summer 2018). The selected graduate interns will work primarily with the area director/assistant director in their professional area but will also have the opportunity to work with other professional staff. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours a week between a primary placement (30hrs) and a secondary placement (10hrs) from the above six departments. Students may receive academic credit for the internship if agreed upon between the supervisor and the intern's college or university.

The internship is for a 7-8 week period. For the Spring Experience placements run from the second week of January through mid-March, and for the Summer Experience from early June, working through late July or early August depending on agreeable terms and scheduling needs (start and end dates may be flexible).

Interns have the chance to experience a multinational educational environment where they interact with people from different backgrounds to enhance their academic experience and encourage them to become international citizens.

Previous Interns Experiences

Previous interns are listed below along with their graduate institution, and position post-graduation. For more information on previous interns feedback click here.

Click on the individual names to see the first professional position and institution post-graduation.
Summer 2017
Adrienne Bocci Portland State University
Aryka Rice Eastern Michigan University
Position post-graduation:
Success Coach, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Summer 2016
Nicholas Martin Virginia Polytechnic University
Position post-graduation:
Residence Life Coordinator, California State University - East Bay
Jeffry Neuhouser Ball State University
Position post-graduation:
Career Coach, Earlham College
Summer 2015
Tabetha Maly Kent State University
Position post-graduation:
International Student Advisor, Miami University (OH)
Benoit Sabourin North Carolina State University
Position post-graduation:
Development Associate - Graduate School, North Carolina State University
Summer 2014
Jane Devenport University of Southern California
Position post-graduation:
VIP Fellow - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State
Jessica Joseph Stony Brook University
Summer 2013
Zongguang (Will) Li Indiana University
Position post-graduation:
Manager of Global Affairs, Academic Affairs, New York University - Shanghai
Leo Melena San Diego State University
Position post-graduation:
Student Services Professional, Cal State University - San Marcos
Summer 2012
Zaynab Baalbaki Marquette University
Paige Morton University of Michigan
First position post-graduation:
Advisor for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Summer 2011
Lamees Galal Ball State University
First position post-graduation:
Resident Director, Boston College
Genevieve Sullivan Denver University
First position post-graduation:
Associated Students Community Service Coordinator, Sonoma State University
Summer 2010
Allison Fox Michigan State University
First position post-graduation:
Senior Student Leadership and Development Coordinator, Zayed University - UAE
Katie Mitchell The University of Northern Colorado
Position post-graduation:
Assistant Director, Office of Admissions, Colorado State University
Summer 2009
Kevin D'Arco Texas A&M University
First position post-graduation:
Student Development Coordinator, Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar
Ashley Edwards Illinois State University
First position post-graduation:
Academic Advisor, Texas Christian University

Anticipated Dates:

SUMMER 2018 2017
  Arrival in Kuwait June 1st 2018 May 26th 2017
  Departure July 27th 2018 July 21st 2017


Compensation for each selected intern includes the following based upon an 8-week experience (prorated for durations less than 8 weeks).

  • Living stipend
  • Travel allowance
  • Fully-furnished apartment (shared accommodation)

Interns are responsible for securing their own passport, making all travel arrangements, and securing all health and travel insurance, AUK will assist with securing a visa as required. For specific amounts please see the most current General Program Overview (Summer 2018).


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