Incoming Graduate Student Internships

The American University of Kuwait offers two graduate internship opportunities in Student Affairs and related areas. The internship program is designed to provide graduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain essential experiences within professional areas at an academic institution, a deeper understanding of higher education administration, and to acquire specific skill sets which will help prepare them for a career in the profession.


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

  • Academic Advising Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Office of Admissions
  • Office of Alumni Affairs & Career Development
  • Office of Public Relations & Marketing
  • Office of Student Life
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Writing & Tutoring Center

Interns will be expected to work 40 hours a week between a primary placement (30hrs) and a secondary placement (10hrs) from the above eight departments. Students may receive academic credit for the internship if agreed upon between the supervisor and the intern's college or university.

The summer internship is for a 7-8 week period starting from early June through late July or early August depending on agreeable terms and scheduling needs (start and end dates may be flexible).

  • Graduate students currently enrolled through the spring term prior to the internship in a Graduate Program with a specialization in college student personnel, higher education, or related fields preferred. Interns must be in good academic standing and have completed at least one year of their graduate program at the start of the internship. 
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills required. 
  • Possess administrative, organizational, multi-tasking skills, and can work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Openness to learn about Middle Eastern culture, diverse populations, and/or the Arabic language.
  • International travel or experience is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

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.


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