Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Presidential Interns Feature Series: Kseniya Avtukhovich

Presidential Interns Feature Series: Kseniya Avtukhovich

Meet our Presidential Interns! Each year we welcome a new cohort of recent graduates to Al Akhawayn’s community. They bring unique experiences, educational backgrounds, and skills to their work in departments throughout the university. During the semester we will be highlighting each intern through a brief interview about their interests and time at AUI. This week, we are pleased to introduce Kseniya Avtukhovich.


Kseniya is serving as a Presidential Intern for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, where she works on newsletters, creates student opinion surveys, updates policies and procedures, and composes annual reports. Kseniya grew up in Minsk, Belarus and graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University with majors in English and Linguistics, and minors in Country Studies and German. She speaks Russian fluently and hopes to use her teaching skills in humanitarian efforts while at AUI. This semester she chose to take an Operations Management course as part of her internship schedule.


How did you first learn about AUI and what drew you to the Presidential Internship?

My Moroccan friend told me about AUI, so I decided to check the PIP. It seemed cool, so I applied to the program.


What’s one of your best experiences in Morocco so far?

Once I had a trip to 4 cities in Morocco. They are Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh and Agadir. So every 2-3 days it was another city. Each of them is unique. There is a lot to see in all the 4 cities! I was so tired but happy to go deep in the culture of local people, to see the differences between those places and how they affect the way of life.


What do you work towards in your free time?

In my free time I travel (I have been to many European countries and many cities in Morocco). I enjoy reading books and watching series. It helps to relax after a tiring working week.


What’s your dream job?

I'd like to work as an operation or project manager or to run a hotel or a magazine (weird choice, I know).


What’s your go-to book recommendation?

Theodore Dreiser, Erich Maria Remarque and W. Somerset Maugham are definitely in my list of favourite authors. So all the books they wrote deserve your attention. The best are An American Tragedy, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, Three Comrades, Arch of Triumph and A Time to Love and a Time to Die (of course it is just my opinion). The last book I read is 7 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It's a novel by Stuart Turton which won the Best First Novel prize in 2018. I don't want to give spoilers, I recommend everyone to read it, even if you are not a fan of detectives.