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UOWD students land coveted internships with leading firms

Students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) are spending their summer gaining valuable on-the-job experience, having secured coveted internship positions with some of the leading names in the corporate world.

Four students majoring in business have joined financial services giant MasterCard for an intensive work placement program, while another four are working alongside the experts at multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate, Siemens.

Among the other big names that have favoured UOWD students for their sought-after internship opportunities are premium automobile manufacturer, Volvo; the world’s largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger; and one of the largest global toy manufacturers, Simba.

Sarah Alidrissi, a Bachelor of Business Administration student entering her final year of studies describes her recent appointment in MasterCard’s Middle East and Africa communications division as a ‘dream job’.

“At MasterCard, intern is just a title,” she said. “From the outset we are active and full contributors to the team, working on meaningful, live projects that can make a difference. My studies at UOWD have given me the knowledge and exposure to understand the environment and to take on those challenges,” she added.

Master of International Business (MIB) student Mohammad Sameer Siddiqui is another successful candidate in this summer’s internship program. Having completed a year-long placement with the University’s marketing department, he was selected to take up a marketing and communications role with Volvo.

Sameer said, “I have always been passionate about the automotive industry. I heard about this internship opportunity from the University Career Development Centre and took a lot of support and advice from them. My University experience has been invaluable in securing this exciting role. It’s been quite challenging, juggling assignments with office work, but I have learnt so many valuable skills – time management, marketing techniques, interpersonal skills, and working in a multinational team – which will be vital to my role with Volvo.”

Fellow MIB student Farhat Rahmatulla has long-term ambitions to work across the MENA region in a multinational corporation, and has made the best start by securing an internship with global conglomerate, Siemens.

Farhat said, “My main focus was to get into a meaningful organisation, which did require patience and persistence, but with the guidance of the careers staff I’ve been successful in securing a great opportunity with a fantastic company. The knowledge I gained during the cross-cultural management as well as the people management courses have been particularly valuable to my career aspirations.”

Cornelio Gomes, UOWD’s Career Development Centre Coordinator said, “We are delighted to see so many of our students being awarded these much sought-after internship opportunities, which will put them on a fast-track to professional growth and development. It is a strong testament to their academic endeavour, backed up by the University’s ongoing collaboration and consultation with the corporate world, which helps us to understand and meet the needs of growing businesses in the UAE.”