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Incoming Graduate Student Internships

The American University of Kuwait is offering two graduate internship opportunities in Student Affairs/Student Services during 2020 as the program celebrates its 12th year of operation. 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.

For information about the program overview, departmental placement, and application guidelines, please download the Graduate Student Internship Package

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

Student Affairs

  • Counseling Center
  • Office of Student Life
  • Alumni Affairs and Career Development
  • Office of Academic Support Services
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Learning Support Services

*Student Affairs units report to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Services

  • Office of Admissions
  • Office of the Registrar

* Admissions and Registrar reports to the Executive Vice-President of AUK

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).

Anticipated 2020 Dates:

Arrival in Kuwait May 30th 2020
Departure July 25th 2020

  • 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.


To Apply for an Internship in SUMMER 2020:

October 8th Program Details & Selection process posted, and applications made available
November 7th Deadline to submit completed application materials at Midnight EST (must be submitted electronically via e-mail)
Nov 11th-28th Applications reviewed by selection committee
Dec 2nd -10th Only selected candidates contacted for interview by phone or video conferencing
December 17th Finalists notified (once confirmed, all eligible applicants to be informed)
Application Deadline:     Thursday November 7th, 2019

To request an application for the 2020 Summer Graduate Internship program, click here

Interested candidates are requested to submit an email request through the above link and specify the application period.

Please note that it may take up to 72 hours to receive the application given differences in work week, time zones and holidays. 

Send all completed materials as separate pdf files in one e-mail to by midnight (EST) on the designated application deadline.  All applicants who have submitted materials will be notified of their application status within approximately 3-6 days prior to the application deadline.

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