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  •  Internship Program Overview
  •  Who is Eligible?
  •  What Will I do? 
  •  Will I Be Paid?  
  •  Will I Have Insurance?  
  •  How Do I Apply?  
  •  Application Deadlines

Internship Program Overview

The U.S. Commercial Service office in Kuwait promotes international trade by helping American companies export their products and services to Kuwait.  We also assist Kuwaiti companies in their effort to source American products or represent U.S. firms. 

Our work-study intern program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding opportunity to gain international business experience and learn how companies develop and implement foreign market-entry strategies.  Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how the U.S. Commercial Service advises American firms in Kuwait as they search for partners, establish distribution channels, and troubleshoot business challenges.

This program is designed to provide hands-on experience with client projects, market research and a wide range of trade promotion and business development activities.  While our interns often work as part of teams, we encourage our interns to customize their own projects and initiatives throughout the semester.  Interns will have tremendous opportunities to gain exposure to and network with U.S. and local businesses across all sectors in Kuwait.

Who is Eligible?

In order to participate, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • United States citizenship 
  • Students currently enrolled in a college/university or those who have been accepted in a school for the quarter/semester following the internship.  Students must be returning to complete their education following the internship
  • Long-term availability: minimum twelve weeks, preferably 20-30 hours per week
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and computer skills
  • Basic Arabic skills desired but not required

Our program is competitive with only a few available positions each semester. Selection is made without regard to considerations of ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, or disability. Potential interns must receive a positive security check by the U.S. Government prior to the start of an internship.

What Will I Do?

Interns play an active role in assisting our office deliver a wide range of support services to our client companies.  Intern duties vary, but usually include:

  • Conducting market research and analyzing market trends
  • Organizing trade delegations and exhibitions
  • Managing commercial events and other official functions
  • Helping American companies find information
  • Identifying Kuwaiti agents and distributors for American companies
  • Assisting Kuwaiti companies seeking information about American exporters
  • Organizing e-marketing campaigns
  • Administrative and logistical support for office-wide projects

Will I be Paid?

A small stipend may be provided, assuming successful completion of the internship, along with an official letter of recommendation.  Some universities will award academic credit for your work.  Interns must provide for their own needs (housing, travel expenses, health insurance, etc.)

The U.S. Commercial Service will provide an invitation letter to support your applicant for a visa to Kuwait, as needed.

Will I have insurance? 

Unfortunately, no federal government insurance can be provided and no federal government liability is assumed.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in interning with us, please complete and sign the following forms and return to our intern coordinators:

Ms. Dina Al-Shawa
Commercial Specialist
US Embassy Kuwait City

You may download copies of these forms from this web links below.

1. Provide one of the following: Current Resume, or OF-612 Optional Application for Federal Employment. Download here: OF 612 Optional Application for Federal Employment

2. Volunteer Service Agreement (signed by university and student). Download here: Volunteer Service Agreement Form

3. Fair Credit Report Release Statement. Download here: Fair Credit Report Release Statement

4. SF 85P - Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions. Download here: SF85P - Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions

5. Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration (for males only). Download here: Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration Verification Form

6. Required Information Sheet. Download here: Required Information Sheet

No intern application will be considered until we receive all of the above documents. Upon receipt of the above information, the United States government may conduct background and credit checks on you.

Application Deadlines

Please submit your materials 30-40 days prior to beginning your internship.

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Al-Shawa at Dina.Alshawa@trade.gov

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