Professional Development Initiative (PDI)

The Professional Development Initiative promotes U.S. – Arab business and capacity-building through year-long professional fellowships offered exclusively to Kuwaiti graduates of universities in the United States.

The PDI is designed to benefit U.S. host companies and Kuwaiti graduates of U.S. universities.  It is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunity for U.S. companies to support education and cross-cultural exchange with the purpose of establishing stronger commercial relations between the United States and the State of Kuwait.  U.S. companies tap into highly motivated Kuwaiti graduates who bring the latest academic knowledge, specialized training, international experience, and understanding of the Kuwaiti market to these American companies. PDI Fellows have an opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience in an American professional work environment, thereby laying groundwork for Kuwait – U.S. leadership development, economic growth, and productive job creation.


Qualifications to Apply to PDI:

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is design for Kuwaiti students on MOHE scholarship students who are engaged in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Business, Finance and Law majors are also accepted. To qualify for the PDI program the applicant must meet the minimum 3.0 GPA upon graduation. Those who do not meet the GPA requirement will automatically be withdrawn from the program.

Participation in PDI cannot be combined with other internship programs. Any applicant who has already applied for and been accepted into another internship program is not eligible to apply for the PDI.

  1. Expectations and Expenses
  2. General Information, Emergency Contact, Passport and Visa
  3. Letter of Recommendation, Transcripts
  4. Personal Statement and Resume/CV
  5. Declaration Form​​

Enrollment is currently open and will close on May 31st.

Application Link:

Registration for : Professional Development Initiative (PDI)

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