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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Entrepreneurship, Research
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: IBI Group is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm. From high-rises to industrial buildings, schools to state-of-the-art hospitals, transit stations to highways, airports to toll systems, bike lanes to parks, IBI Group designs every aspect of a truly integrated city for people to live, work, and play. Their company organizes their expertise into three sectors: Intelligence, Buildings, and Infrastructure.
  • Intelligence: systems design and software development.
  • Buildings: building architecture, interior design, building engineering (mechanical, structural, electrical).
  • Infrastructure: planning, urban design, landscape architecture, transportation, and civil engineering.
IBI Group's collaborative and combined approach focuses not only on creating the best solutions today, but also creating the right solutions for tomorrow. Their company believes cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will contribute to the design, planning, and layout of plans of projects.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in Architecture/Urban Design are encouraged to apply.  Skills in CAD, InDesign, Photoshop, and Sketch-up would be an asset. 

Previous work experience (in the words of a past IIP intern): I developed massing plans for urban development projects in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, city layouts and AutoCAD drawings, authored environmental impact reports for the city of Dubai and created templates for client presentations to be used in future projects. Our first project was the Jeddah 4 planning of the business part on the northeast corner of the site…The second assignment was the drafting of the state of the environment report. That was one of the most important highlights of my experience at the office since it allowed me to learn more about the city and the built environment…I went from being unable to describe certain aspects of architectural work to fully understanding what it takes to design buildings and urban plans and picking up on all of the details that I would otherwise omit in historical and modern construction. Last but not least, I became efficient at reading through large texts, research papers and technical language, critically evaluate it and extract pertinent information… A concurrent project that came up around this time was the drafting of the Yanbu Detailed Masterplan Report…Next we had the creation of a 3D model for Qassim Oasis City. Even though my skills extend to other software such as Rhino and 3DS Max, I decided to use the tools that I knew how to use the least, namely Google Sketch Up. In creating Qassim, I enjoyed implementing my newly acquired knowledge on planning and massing in the commercial area and creating layouts that made sense and followed certain rules but also had a creative aspect to it, which was a mixture of cues from my exposure in the university and in Dubai. The cross-collaboration between different software such as AutoCAD for the layouts and Sketch Up for the extrusions and design was most challenging, as one mistake in the former would follow through and appear in the latter in the form of multiple mistakes. Therefore, I had to think carefully about my pipeline make sure it would work on the other tools that I would use in order to shorten the time needed to complete the project… The last project that I was assigned was the Jeddah 4 Detailed Masterplan Report. I had to adjust the transportation team’s materials to the way the rest of the report was laid out and organize the data that I collected efficiently so that I could quickly go through it and choose whatever was needed. Additionally, now that I had to compile text for the different sections as well, I used the skills that I acquired from the drafting of the SOER to write a formal, unbiased…and clear text to describe the different elements of Jeddah 4. Finally, the photographs of the loading unloading paths in the Walk incentivized me to explore the Walk further and think about those details in cities and the built environment that I would otherwise dismiss or not even think about.

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.