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AUK's First Graduate Interns

AUK has welcomed this summer, for the first time, two graduate interns, Ashley Edwards and Kevin D'Arco. The University has seen numerous undergraduate Dartmouth College interns throughout the years, but Ashley and Kevin are the first graduate interns at AUK. Both are pursuing a career in Student Affairs Administration and have chosen AUK to spend 8-weeks of their Summer completing graduate internships within the Division of Student Affairs.

Ashley Edwards was born and raised in Long Beach, California where she lived until 2004 when she started her undergraduate career at Illinois State University, taking advantage of their Minority Academic Scholarship. In May 2008, she received her Bachelor's in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Psychology. A few months later, she started her graduate degree in College Student Personnel Administration, also at Illinois State University. She is currently an academic advisement graduate assistant at the School of Social Work and is looking to work in advising or enrollment management at a community college or a university overseas when she is done with her degree in May 2010.

Ashley will be working in the Student Success Center and in the Office of Student Life. For the Student Success Center, Ashley is working with the SSC staff to update their logistics manuals, student brochures, and information for their website. As for the Office of Student Life, she is working on expanding New Student Orientation and assisting with the coordinator of this year's Convocation. Also, she is preparing the foundation of a service learning program for the university. When asked why she chose to spend her summer at AUK Ashley said, The American University of Kuwait sounded like a can't miss opportunity! A growing university with a dedicated staff in a community full of culture and great people. What more can an intern ask for? I am very pleased with my choice for the summer and glad I took the chance to learn all about the students of AUK.

Kevin D'Arco was born in Florida and raised in Edison, New Jersey. He completed his Bachelor's in History and Sociology at The Ohio State University in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at Texas A&M University; with graduation scheduled for the Spring of 2010. As an undergrad, he was involved with Homecoming and the Admissions Office, among other activities. At Texas A&M, Kevin works as a graduate advisor in the Memorial Student Center Complex for two committees called Freshman Leadership International and Aggies Reaching Out.

Kevin will be working in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and in the Office of Student Life. For the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Kevin is working with different departments within the Division to develop policies and create assessment strategies for future use, helping staff learn to strategically implement CAS (Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards, as well as enhancing a Student Affairs staff development program. For the Office of Student Life, Kevin is creating student-leader training modules for club presidents, secretaries and treasurers and is working with students and staff to develop new diversity initiatives. Regarding the reasons why he decide to intern at AUK, Kevin said, " I started the process of searching for student affairs internships last Fall with the hopes of finding a unique experience that would match my career interests, and my placements within AUK have provided me just that. I have enjoyed working with the staff here and I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the student affairs field within the AUK Division of Student Affairs."

Both Ashley & Kevin became interested in a career in Student Affairs as a result of their undergraduate experiences. Ashley served a yearlong internship assisting the advisor in her undergraduate department which sparked her interested in the profession. Ashley found working at a university in Student Affairs rewarding as it gave her the opportunity to help students work towards achieving personal and career goals.

For Kevin it was a positive undergraduate experience through his mentors and participating in various opportunities on campus. The field of Student Affairs was a natural blend of interests; combining his drive to work in education with a broad scope of applications on campus. Ashley and Kevin will be at AUK until the end of July 2009 when they will return to the US and complete the final year of graduate work at their respective institutions.

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