Over the years, visiting students have taken part in internships and research to make the most of their semester at NYU Abu Dhabi. Our undergraduate research program facilitates collaboration between students and scholars who are leaders in their fields. Students also take advantage of their visa status by getting paid internships to gain valuable professional experience.

Student, David Du, petting a cat

"NYUAD is a paradise for a scientist. It has a rigorous research program and you get space to do your own research. I am working with Professor Gelfand on the observation of supernova and nebula. I encourage you to do something cool at this campus." – David Du
Students in a lab

Research is a fundamental mode of learning that is applicable at every level of study and is not limited to senior year or to advanced courses. At NYU Abu Dhabi research opportunities are threaded throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Visiting students are eligible to take part in research opportunities that will help them develop meaningful relationships with faculty and allow them to advance their undergraduate career.

Examples of areas in which students have completed research include:

  • Atmospheric conditions over Greenland glaciers as inferred from 10-year weather stations observations
  • Biomimetic structure replicating the lizard tail autotomy
  • Comparative analysis of the Last Planner System and Scrum
  • Corn Stalk Failure – A biomechanical approach to crop science
  • Development of a computational tool for SNP annotation
  • Drone capturing aerial netting system
  • Design of deep learning techniques in adversarial conditions for self-driving
  • The development of a virtual reality immersive museum simulation
  • Effects of network topology on traffic performance at the urban scale
  • Haptic-based VR museum
  • Kinetic installation development
  • Microwave Induced Plasma Gasification (MIPG) of waste materials
  • Paper based filter for water purifications
  • Van Dyck crystals
  • XENON Dark Matter Program

Take a look at our Undergraduate Research report for AY 19-20 to learn more!

Students interning

The Career Development Center curates a diverse array of resources, services, and programs to help students find the information, develop the skills, and make the connections they need to advance their professional lives. Students coming to NYUAD for the spring semester will have a visa that is valid through the summer, allowing for the possibility of a full-time internship.

Examples of Abu Dhabi companies in which students have held internships:

  • Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CNN
  • Deloitte
  • Edelman
  • Etihad Airways
  • Ernst and Young
  • Eversheds
  • Hedayah
  • Hill + Knowlton Strategies
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • M Capital Group


  • Mubadala
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • Oliver Wyman
  • PA Consulting Group
  • Palantir
  • Pfizer
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Solidiance
  • The Third Line Art Gallery
  • TRENDS Research and Advisory
  • Twofour54
  • Urban Kinetics
Students talking to each other

On campus, you can take advantage of assistantships offered in a variety of offices. Students can work up to 15 hours a week while getting paid an hourly wage. Examples include:

  • Admissions Ambassador in the Office of Admissions
  • Campus Recreation Administrative Assistant in the Office of Athletics
  • Mascot (Faiza the Falcon) in the Office of Athletics
  • Global Career Peer in the Career Development Center
  • Visual Media Assistant in the Office of Global Education
  • Interactive Media Lab Monitor in the Interactive Media Department
  • Multimedia & Design Assistant in the Arts Center
  • Preparator & Curatorial Assistant in the Arts Center
  • Scene Shop Assistant in the Arts Center
  • Public Affairs Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs
  • Data Analyst in the Social Science Division
  • Library Assistant in the Archive and Special Collections Library