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Two AUK Students Join the Dartmouth-AUK Internship Program During Summer 2017

Since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between AUK and Dartmouth College in 2003, the two institutions have collaborated on a variety of projects on both administrative and academic levels. One of these projects has been the Dartmouth-AUK Student Internship Program through which Dartmouth students intern at AUK during fall and spring, while AUK students intern at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH over the summer.

During summer 2017 AUK sent students Salma Abdelaziz and Nathalie Matta to Dartmouth College. Abdelaziz was placed in the Office of Communications, while Matta worked with the TuckGo Department in the Tuck School of Business. Over the course of their stay, the two students were able to meet people from different departments, enjoy nature-focused activities, and learn about lasting Dartmouth traditions.

For Abdelaziz, the two most striking parts of her experience were her internship placement projects and the environment at Dartmouth. The Dartmouth campus is the quintessential college town, located in a small New Hampshire town called Hanover. "For the first few days I explored the campus and was amazed by how you could almost never tell where the college ended and the town of Hanover began. I loved everything about Dartmouth and I loved how looking at the greenery, mountains, rivers and even the old buildings made me feel as if I was seeing color for the first time. I would always walk around with my camera taking pictures of things around me and sometimes forgetting to take pictures of myself," Abdelaziz reminisced in her reflection on the program.

Working in the communications office revolved around social media posts, analytics, video-making, and imagery for distribution to parties both inside and outside the college. This work gave Abdelaziz insight on Dartmouth traditions that would not be taking place during her stay, but are essential parts of the definition of life at Dartmouth for many students. "I started working on designing Snapchat filters to go with the annual events they have every year like commencement, homecoming, and the winter carnival. This project was one of my favorites as it allowed me to get to know Dartmouth better and explore the different rituals they have for each and every event," said Abdelaziz

Matta felt that her placement was a perfect fit-preparing her for tasks she will have to tackle in the business world. The TuckGo Department where she was placed focuses on the management and planning of global experiences and onsite consultations for graduate students. She felt supported by her placement advisor in terms of reaching her goals for the internship and being understood. In reference to her placement she said, "I was very happy with my internship placement and my tasks in supporting general business work and dealing with day-to-day operations. Compared to all the jobs that I've had on campus [at AUK] and outside, this internship was broader than any job I've had and that itself added a lot to my knowledge and experience of the business world," said Matta

As for the highlight of her internship, Matta said, "One of the things that I enjoyed most was that I was given a chance to present and talk about Kuwait. I was called out by one of the students as being ‘very challenging, as she took our idea about the Middle East and changed it'. It was one of my highest points during the internship, and I felt very accomplished that I could represent the country that I am from in a very positive way." The time spent at Dartmouth served not only as work experience, but as a chance to both inform others about her own culture, and to learn more about theirs.

This summer marks the twelfth time since 2006 that Dartmouth College has hosted AUK students for the internship program. Both students returned feeling more confident in their abilities and grateful for the opportunity to experience Dartmouth.

AUK Interns at Dartmouth College, Nathalie Matta and Salma Abdelaziz with Elizabeth Hindmarsh, Program Manager of Dartmouth-AUK Project

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 26th September 2017

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