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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?  

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. Interns will have 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:

  • 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

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
  • 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?

The internship is unpaid. 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 application 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 contact:

Ms. Dina Al-Shawa, Dina.al-shawa@trade.gov
Commercial Specialist
US Embassy Kuwait City




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