City of opportunities

Work while you study in one of the fastest growing economies in the region

Make the most of your Dubai education with a part-time job or boost your career prospects by signing up for an industry-specific internship.

Dubai Development Authority, which controls the Dubai Creative Clusters (DCC) free zones, has a no-fee Student Part-Time Work Regulation permit that gives young creative talent the opportunity to get (paid) industry experience to complement their fields of study and increase employment prospects post-graduation.

The 'Earn while you Learn' campaign covers students at DCC licensed universities located within Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park and provides connections to 1,000s of ICT, media, entertainment, human capital development, education, life sciences, energy, environment, fashion, design and outsourcing companies.

Students at other tertiary education hubs can also pursue part-time employment opportunities by obtaining a no objection letter from their university and applying to the UAE Labor Department for a temporary work permit.

Top Tip

Check out government-approved job site for student employment opportunities. Gain invaluable real-life experience and bank some cash with part-time jobs in the fashion industry, working at a major exhibition, as a meet and greeter at a theme park, and even with Dubai Police.

Intern Advantage

Internships offer unique insight into the world of work and a window on a potential career path. Dubai is a fantastic city to find an internship that matches your specific interests, with established programmes and seasonal opportunities covering almost every industry sector.

Your first port of call is the university careers department to explore opportunities through local partnerships. There's also a number of handy online resources to check out, including,, and

Popular internship programmes and placements include Al Tamimi & Company, Art Dubai, Bosch, Dubai Airports, Dubai Design & Fashion Council, Dubai Film Commission, Habtoor Group, HSBC, IBM, Jumeirah, Mercedes-Benz, Procter & Gamble, PwC and Thomson Reuters.

Legal Lowdown

  • Student visa holders can legally apply for an internship.
  • Your employer (the company you intern with) is responsible for sorting out a (temporary) work permit.
  • Dubai Creative Clusters issues its own Student Part-Time Work Regulation permit to businesses operating in its free zones.