In Abu Dhabi, much of the learning happens outside classrooms. Visiting students regularly take part in life-changing internships and undergraduate research during their semester abroad at NYUAD.

Learn more about our inaugural Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Art Apprenticeship Award. You can also participate in research outside of the assistantship and apprenticeship program.

Student, David Du, at a cultural excursion

"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, NYUSH Class of 2021

Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Art Apprenticeship Award

NYU Abu Dhabi invites students from NYU in New York and NYU Shanghai to apply for competitive Undergraduate Research and Art Apprenticeships. These opportunities create a platform for visiting students to contribute to an ongoing research project or serve as an apprentice under the supervision of an NYUAD faculty member, who will serve as a mentor, collaborator, and role model.

In addition to access to state-of-the-art research facilities on campus, students will be eligible for an assistantship award of up to $3,000 USD. $1,000 USD will be applied towards the required meal plan on campus. The remaining funding of up to $2,000 USD for the semester will be paid on a monthly basis as assistantship payments (based on hours worked) for the student’s contribution to the assigned project.

The positions span a number of disciplines within the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Sciences. Please review the Visiting Student Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Art Apprenticeship page.

Students in a lab


Visiting students are eligible to take part in undergraduate research opportunities that will help them develop meaningful relationships with faculty and allow them to advance their undergraduate careers.

Examples of student research experiences include:

  • Atmospheric conditions over Greenland glaciers as inferred from 10-year weather stations observations
  • Art, migration, and human rights
  • 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 cars
  • Environment and land-use dynamics in western Sogdiana between the Early Iron and the Middle Ages (archaeological, paleoclimatic, and historical studies)
  • Historical and ethnographic research on ghettos and the homeless of New York city
  • Ideological positions of Kenyan judges on the High Court and Supreme Court
  • Kill thy Communist neighbor? Protestantism, anti-communism and political conservation in Korea
  • The development of a virtual reality immersive museum simulation
  • The political determinants of lynching
  • 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
  • Arabic translation
  • Research Assistant exploring electoral access in Africa
  • Archiving and Heritage Mapping
  • Documenting Trends in Higher Education
  • Gulf History
  • Climate Change, Political Economy and Connectivity in the Red Sea Region
  • Data Collection and Analysis of Euroscepticism
  • Research assistant researching ethnicity and violence in South Asia

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 careers. 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. The student visa also allows students to hold paid internships.

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

  • Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CNN
  • Deloitte
  • Edelman - Global Communications
  • Etihad Airways
  • Ernst and Young
  • Eversheds Sutherland - Global Legal Advice
  • Globesight
  • Hedayah - Countering Violent Extremism Through Dialogue and Research
  • Hill + Knowlton Strategies
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • M Capital Group - Financial Services and Advisory
  • Mubadala Investment Company
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • Oliver Wyman
  • PA Consulting Group
  • Palantir
  • Pfizer
  • PwC
  • Solidiance Marketing Strategy Consulting Firm
  • The Third Line Art Gallery
  • TRENDS Research and Advisory
  • Twofour54 Media and Entertainment Hub
  • Urban Kinetics
  • The National Newspaper
  • SEDRA Foundation for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Students talking to each other


Students can work up to 15 hours a week on campus in paid student assistantships. Examples include:

  • Social Media Coordinator in the Office of Social Responsibility
  • 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 and Researcher in the Social Science Division
  • Library Assistant in the Archive and Special Collections Library
  • Programming Intern at the Health Promotion Office
  • Dean of Students intern
  • Peer Instructor at the Writing Center

Global Awards

Global awards are highly-competitive, merit-based opportunities that are conducted at a national or international level. As visiting students at NYU Abu Dhabi, you will be able to take advantage of active, hands-on, and individualized help with your applications.