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UAE National Graduates Urged to Submit Applications for Masdar Institute Summer Internship Program before 3 May

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 10 April, 2012 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced 3 May will be the last day for submission of applications for the six-week summer internship program this year.

Current trends indicate the UAE national students opting for a cross-section of most of the 15 research projects on highly advanced research areas that are being offered for internship this summer. A panel of experts will vet the applications in line with the stringent Masdar Institute criteria after the 3 May deadline.

All UAE nationals who are university seniors and/or those graduating this year with science, engineering or computer science as major subjects are eligible to submit their intentions for the programs of their choice.

Other eligibility criteria include a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent). A letter of recommendation is also mandatory for the applicant. Applications can be completed online through the Masdar Institute website, which additionally offers students a special option for obtaining extra information on the programs.

The summer internship program this year also encourages students to take up more than one area for research. However, students interested in joining more than one program may have to submit multiple applications. Details for each project category with a complete description and a list of tasks an intern is expected to do, as well as the recommended skills and the formal education required are available on the Masdar Institute website.

Dr Kenneth Volk, Head of Outreach, Masdar Institute, said: “Going by the number of applications received so far, we have already witnessed a surge of interest in the internship programs. The diversity and scope of the program offerings have attracted a large spectrum of students across the engineering and science streams this year. We are confident more students will make use of this opportunity to do their summer internships in highly focused research areas by submitting their applications before the 3 May deadline and we thank the country’s wise leadership for offering a platform for the students to expand their knowledge horizon.”

The bouquet of internship programs being offered for the UAE national graduates and senior students range from desalination and power grid systems to advanced technology topics such as carbon capture and solvents for post-combustion. Students with keen interest in clean and advanced energy subjects are already signing up in large numbers for the programs this summer.

The 15 research projects offered for summer internships are also expected to provide students with a preview of the post-graduate programs in clean energy and advanced technology that are currently available for Master’s degrees at Masdar Institute. Some of the projects offered for internships this year will include: Development of Advanced Amine-Based Solvents for CO2 Post-Combustion Capture; Solar Cell Technologies and Applications Investigation of Luminescent Solar Concentrators for UAE Conditions + Desalination and Renewable Energy; Developing a Graphical User Interface Design for Health Data; An Economic Analysis on the Optimal Regulatory Scope of CO2 Capture; and Experimental Studies of CO2 Geological Storage.

Established as an ongoing collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.

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