Employability, internships, and opportunities

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The Careers Network Dubai can help you explore various opportunities to gain work experiences, and mentorships, and participate in exchange programmes, internships, and more.

As an integral part of the UK Careers Network, Careers Network Dubai works extensively to adapt its services to align with local employment and talent needs. The university is committed to developing relationships with a range of industry partners so that they contribute to our students' teaching and learning. This includes sector-specific internships, graduate schemes, creating relative employer relations, career-topic student sessions and mentorship opportunities. 

Our key links with industry partners and employers include RTA, Dubai Police, Barclays Bank, ACCA, ICAEW, Creative Zone, AIESEC, WIO Bank and Keolis/MHI (Dubai Metro). These companies offer a range of diverse incentives i.e., industry visits, networking events, on-campus guest speaker seminars, scholarships, internship opportunities, mentorship programmes, and entrepreneurship workshops to our students.

Students at the University of Birmingham Dubai also have access to exchange programmes where specific courses provide students with the option to complete their final year at the UK campus. The seamless transition allows students to access the Careers Network based at the home campus, empowering international students to apply for opportunities in the UK.

Additionally, employability is embedded within the curriculum through module-based learning i.e., induction sessions during the fresher weeks, year-in-industry programmes (business, engineering, accounting etc.), and professional development modules embedded in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Student stories

Our current students, graduates, and alumni are highly sought after by employers and have gone on to work with key industry leaders in the market. Learn what our students have to say about their experience with the Careers Network Dubai. 

Owais’ internship at ISG

ISG is a global construction services company specialising in Construction, fit-outs, and Engineering services. Headquartered in the UK, ISG operates across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, where they deliver high-impact projects and places for several businesses spanning key sectors such as central and local government, education, financial and professional services, healthcare, manufacturing and production, retails, hospitality and much more.

Owais Chatriwala, a student of our Mechanical Engineering programme had the opportunity to intern with ISG where he worked and engaged with key stakeholders of the organisation and gained valuable experience in site-management, project management, quality assurance and more. Hear more about his experience through his video testimonial.

Fahim's internship at Khansaheb

Khansaheb is a leading construction and facilities management company in the UAE, providing sustainable solutions for building and infrastructure projects specialising in design, procurement and delivery into ongoing operation and aftercare - creating, constructing, and maintaining physical assets that underpin the fabric of society.



BSc Business Management with Marketing (and Year in Industry)

“I could not have landed this internship without the help of the university's Careers Network. I’ve had a wonderful experience interning with Khansaheb for the last three months and have learned a lot about branding, social media marketing, and more. The internship was very hands-on and helped me experience a corporate office culture for the very first time. It’s amazing how I have been able to apply the knowledge gained from the lectures and modules to a practical real-world work setting.”

Grant Thornton

Global financial consultancy firm, Grant Thornton, have offered students the valuable opportunity to undertake internships in their Dubai office. Grant Thornton is one of the world's largest professional services networks of independent accounting and consulting member firms. Students have been offered invaluable experience of undertaking practical paid assignments for the firm which has helped develop their professional behaviours.



MSc International Business

“The Careers Network is incredibly helpful when it comes to finding placements for students and creating networking opportunities. The Careers Service aided me in finding a three-month internship at Grant Thornton, which has been very beneficial for my career development.”

Surya's employment at the Chalhoub Group

The Chalhoub Group is a privately held luxury goods retailer and distributor, headquartered in Dubai, UAE and is the largest retail operator in the Middle East with operations in 14 countries. Chalhoub Group leads distribution in the luxury, fashion, and beauty sectors in the Middle East for brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior Couture, Sephora, Fendi, Givenchy, and Louboutin. The group’s retail franchises include Saks Fifth Avenue, Loewe, Swarovski, Lacoste, and Michael Kors.

Surya, our MSc Computer Science Graduate secured the opportunity to work with the Chalhoub Group as a Software Developer. 



MSc Computer Science Graduate

“While studying on MSc Computer Science, I had the opportunity to take part in an internship at Chalhoub Group as a Software Developer. During my internship, I worked on developing the best E-commerce website/app in the region and my role went from doing front-end work to back-end work within a couple of months. I have to give credit to the Faculty in the university, especially Dr Ahmad Ibrahim, who helped me immensely to manage an internship and my Master’s project in parallel.”

Danielle’s virtual internship experience

Our BSc Economics student, Danielle Shonibare worked two virtual internships in her second semester at the University. She worked with Evolve and Gulf for Good, both social enterprises working to improve social causes and community development. Learn more about her internship experience through her video testimonial.

Kevin's internship with Yugo Dubailand (Uninest Student Residences)

Yugo Dubailand (previously known as Uninest Student Residences) is a global student housing facility operating across USA, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Yugo offers a holistic living experience to students focused on all-round student experience development that helps them grow on and off-campus.

Kevin, our BSc Business Management student interned with Yugo as their Student Resident Assistant where he was mentored and supported by a senior intern in the organisation. He was guided at every step and learned how to manage client requirements, meet deadlines, and receive constructive feedback on jobs performed. This opportunity truly helped him define his strengths and capitalise on them, while also focusing on areas to further improve on. 


BSc Business Management

“My internship with Yugo was incredibly valuable, it helped me identify my strengths in data analysis and meeting targets. I worked closely with my manager and a senior intern who was also a Business Management student. They made my first internship experience a smooth one with consistent feedback and assistance with tasks. My manager provided key insights and strategies to effectively manage client requirements and navigate workplace processes which helped me feel confident to apply for another internship.”