Department of Internship, Career Development and Alumni Affairs
The Internship, Career Development and Alumni Affairs Department (ICDAA) serves as the primary contact for AURAK students to engage with potential employers, either through an internship or through permanent employment after graduation. Services are available from the point of entry into the University through to graduation. Services are designed to help students reach their full potential. This department provides the following three areas of assistance.
- Career Development
- Alumni Affairs
Career services at AURAK are designed to support the University mission by promoting students’ successful academic progress and adjustment, and by providing degree-seeking students and alumni with individual career guidance and assistance in job placement.
Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Internship, Career Development and Alumni Affairs Department during their first year at AURAK and continue working closely with this office to develop their career plan. Junior and senior students are encouraged to visit the ICDAA at least twice every semester as they prepare for employment after graduation.
Students can access services by visiting the Department of Internships, Career Development and Alumni Affairs located in Building D.
Students enrolled in degree programs in the School of Engineering, School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences, are required to complete an internship, working in a business environment, which should be undertaken for six weeks during the academic year. Undergraduate students must plan for this internship during their third year immediately prior to the semester in which they intend to do their internship.
The internship program establishes a three-way partnership agreement among the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, an approved employment site, and the intern, whereby the latter receives work experience under the supervision and guidance of a qualified professional. Supervised internship experiences provide an opportunity for students to synthesize, transfer, and apply learning gained through previous study and practice to all phases of the employer’s operation.
The overall goal of the internship program is to expose students to the working environment and to provide the means for each student to mature both personally and professionally, as well as to further their appreciation and understanding of day-to-day work in their chosen field of study.
More information about the internship program can be found in the AURAK Undergraduate Internship Manual available with the Department of Internships, Career Development and Alumni Affairs.
Career Development Services
AURAK is committed to providing students with a wide range of career services. Students visit with a career counselor who can assist in self-awareness exploration (values, skills, abilities and personal style), career exploration (job descriptions, educational requirements, salary range, and advancement possibilities), and employment and employability skills (writing a cover letter, curriculum vitae/résumé, interview skills and employee decorum). Students access job listings, internship opportunities, and career fairs in the department.
- Career resource library
- Paper based tools for self-assessment
- Learning and study skills resources
- Information on career options and employment trends
- Awareness of required skills and competencies
- General job skills advice and training resources
- Resume and cover letter writing assistance
- Interview preparation resources
- Work-place etiquette and techniques resources
- Website links for potential employment opportunities
- Internship placement assistance
- Campus employment opportunities
The Alumni Affairs helps to strengthen the relationships of the alumni with the University. This cultivates lifelong partnerships and facilitate interactions between alumni and the University community. Alumni Affairs also aims to secure philanthropic support to enable AURAK attains its goals. Several events and opportunities are provided to the alumni to remain connected with the University.
AURAK Alumni is the University’s network to create opportunities to reconnect and maintain relationships with the University with the aim of exchanging experiences, and providing role models for current students.
The alumni body is the University’s most important asset as they have a major stake in the institution’s reputation.
The alumni relations focuses on building life-long relationships between the University and its alumni through programs, activities, communications, networking and other services.
The AURAK Alumni Association seeks to work proactively for lasting partnerships among graduated students and current students, facilitate interactions with outside entities, including private and public companies, and thus create a powerful professional network.