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Summer internships are a great way to gain knowledge about a specific industry. I had two goals for my final summer as an undergraduate student. Firstly I wanted to work in the financial sector in the UAE to get an idea of what working and living here might look like after graduation. Secondly, I wanted an internship where I could apply and extend the knowledge I had acquired in the classroom.
While studying away in New York, I applied, interviewed, and landed a spot with Citi in Dubai, analyzing large data sets and developing presentations.
I learned to be proactive in seeking new knowledge and to be outgoing. I connected with colleagues as much as possible to learn from their experiences. I had thought about networking as a vaguely defined skill that had very little benefits, but now I understand how networking can make a real difference. It helps you gain a lot of insight into the business, as well as to display a strong interest in pursuing a career.
Research as much as possible about the organization you are applying to but more importantly, also about the specific position and department.
The Career Development Center at NYU Abu Dhabi works with students to help improve interpersonal skills, find internship and job opportunities, and prepare for graduate school.