A Seven Day Internship

When I tell people I’ll be interning in Dubai over my spring break, the sideways glances ensue.

“Internship? Are you sure that’s the right word?”

“You’re traveling 12 hours on a plane … to work … for a week?”

“Isn’t spring break a time to vacation with new friends or catch up on the ever-growing piles of work?”

Yes, I get it. It’s not necessarily the most traditional form of internship or use of spring break, but when the offer presented itself, I figured what better way to accent my Harvard experience than with an intense, 7-day internship in Dubai.

Ticket booked, lodging confirmed and I will be on my way.

Art Dubai is the largest art fair that takes place in the Middle East, South Asia, and the continent of Africa, and it just so happens to coincide with my spring break. The festival aims to blend public space with the arts, consuming the city with creative works. Last year, about 22,500 visitors, 75 museums, and 75 galleries from 32 countries attended!

I’ll be working with the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme in partnership with Zid Zid Kids, the Morocco-based trilingual children’s art education specialists to host a series of educational programs and workshops for children and teenagers attending the festival.

Beyond the chaos of arranging my academic schedule, booking flights, setting aside time for visiting with family and friend while in Dubai, the excitement of applying the concepts and projects in real time to the my work at Art Dubai will be extremely fulfilling.

Dubai-bound & Cambridge-based,

-Nora

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