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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): Alserkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue Logo
The Internship: This internship combines business administration with arts and culture on an international stage.

Number of Spots Available: 2

Duration: 8 weeks

Start Date: May 20, 2018

The Organization: Alserkal Avenue - the region's foremost arts hub - was established in 2008 to encourage and support the region's burgeoning contemporary art scene.  Their aim is to foster an organic and prolific creative community in the U.A.E.  The vision for Alserkal Avenue has always been to build a home for creative industries.  It maps a vital intersection for the confluences of art, culture, and development.  To this end, they are more than just a neighborhood; they are an arts organization with an active homegrown program.  They are the driving force that brings the community together to support and encourage a creative economy.  They are a platform via which regional artists and art initiatives can reach a wider, international audience. 

The Location: Situated in Dubai's industrial quarter, the Avenue is a cluster of architect-designed warehouses.  It is home to interspersed public spaces that bring together collaborators from diverse artistic disciplines, encouraging open dialogue, sharing of ideas, and a collaborative work ethic that can see these creative ideas come to life.  Initially a group of 20 warehouses, the addition of their 2015 expansion has welcomed several new galleries and creative businesses.  Spread across 500,000 square feet, they house numerous galleries of international repute, dynamic art spaces, and homegrown cultural initiatives.  These include not-for-profit artists' studios, residency programs, project spaces, concept stores, black box theatre, independent cinema, outdoor event facilities and community-led cultural initiatives, as well as unique food and beverage outlets.

Internship Details

Interns at Alserkal Avenue will:
  • Provide team support
  • Prepare reports (including daily reports to the supervisor on their internship progress)
  • Attend non-profit community events focused on art and culture, organized by Alserkal Avenue
Interns can expect to work either 20 or 40 hours per week, depending on the interns' interests and qualifications and the organization's needs and projects.  Each intern can expect a one hour daily lunch break.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at Alserkal Avenue also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Experience with business administration, arts and culture, and event management

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Dubai, United Arab EmiratesStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  Alserkal Avenue will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.


Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Food Stipend -$164 Paid directly to student by Alserkal Avenue
Living Stipend -$544 Paid directly to student by Alserkal Avenue
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,200 Estimated cost PHL - DUB
Accommodation $2,200 Estimated cost 8 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $2,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 For US citizen tourist visa (visa on arrival)
Local Transport $150 If using monthly pass and occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost:        $4,842  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd - January 1st, so please plan ahead.

 Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.