Post-Graduation Practical Training Program

In the Post-Graduation Practical Training Program (PPTP), faculty supervisors appoint graduating NYU Abu Dhabi seniors to work on research projects in the summer following their graduation.

Students' duties may include working in laboratories and assisting with research projects. PPTP is a popular program on campus, with the number of participating students growing each year.

How Does It Work?

Students work on campus in full-time, paid positions, performing research under the direct supervision of a faculty member, ensuring each student gets regular mentorship and guidance. The program hosts an orientation session for students prior to graduation. 

After completing the Post-Graduation Practical Training Program, students are well-prepared to continue research in graduate school, or to work in their field of study. 

Having experienced PPTP now firsthand, I appreciate what a benefit it can be in really launching a student into their career post-graduation.


Program Head, Interactive Media; Assistant Arts Professor of Interactive Media, Aaron Sherwood

Student Experiences

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Muhannad Alramlawi was one of three researchers collecting data on government responses and policies related to countering COVID-19 when the virus was declared a pandemic in early March.


PPTP and summer research are great education opportunities for our students to experience full-time research. The work requires a time commitment that would be challenging during the academic year. These programs serve as an important stepping stone to raise good researchers in the UAE.

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sohmyung Ha