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Graduate Student Interns 2014

Program General Description

The American University of Kuwait is offering two graduate internship (Master's level) opportunities in Student Affairs/Student Services. 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.

The AUK Graduate Student Summer Internship Program received the
2011 NASPA Best Practice Award for International Exchange Programs

Placements & Duration

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

Student Affairs
Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs
Office of Alumni Affairs
Career Services & Wellness Center
Office of Student Life
* Student Affairs units report to the Vice-President for Student Affairs
Student Services
Office of Admissions
Office of the Registrar
Academic Advising & Learning Support Services
* Student Services units report to the Office of the President, with the exception of Admissions which reports to the Vice-President for Admissions & Public Affairs

Graduate Student Interns 2012
For specific information on the opportunities available in each department please refer to the Departmental Placement Overview: Duties/Responsibilities (Summer 2015) . 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 starting 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.


Summer 2014

Jane Devenport University of Southern California
Jessica Joseph Stony Brook University

Summer 2013

Zongguang (Will) Li Indiana University
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
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 for Summer

Summer 2014
  Arrival in Kuwait May 30th 2014
  Departure July 26th 2014

Summer 2015
  Arrival in Kuwait May 29th 2015
  Departure July 25th 2015


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 2015).


Graduate Student Interns 2011

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