Graduate Internship Program

Applications are now closed.

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The 421 Graduate InternshipProgram offers early career development support and professional development opportunities for emerging creative professionals from diverse backgrounds. The program takes place on-site, and offers selected participants the opportunity to be immersed in a cultural center's operations across various departments with a targeted focus on a specific field. 


Interns can choose to apply for the following departments: Administration and Project Management, Communications and Marketing, Learning Initiatives and Programs, Exhibition Design and Special Projects, Public Programs and Community Engagement, and Events and Operations


Depending on the selected area of focus as well as 421’s needs, interns will work with the Director of 421, Public Programs and Community Engagement Manager, Learning Initiatives and Programs Manager, Exhibitions Design Manager, Communications and Marketing Manager, or Events & Operations Manager. The Internship Program also features talks and lectures with industry leaders and cultural experts. 

Selected participants will also be expected to pitch a personal project in line with the department they are interning in to the larger 421 team. This proposal is then realized and supported by the 421 team. 2020 internship cohort members Sreerag Jyothish and Aya Afaneh proposed a Teen Studios pilot that is currently realized and implemented at 421 as the Teens Program


Internship structure: 

  • The internship runs for six months, from June to December, 2024. 5 applicants are accepted every six months. 
  • Applicants will be expected to work full-time. 
  • This is a paid opportunity that adheres to the UAE’s labor law and policies. 
  • To be eligible for the program, applicants must have recently graduated from a higher education program. Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates are welcome to apply. 


Interns will leave the program having gained: 

An in-depth understanding of the logistics, operations and budget management of 421’s exhibitions, public programs, communications, or educational programs. 

First hand experience of how cultural institutions operate on a day-to-day basis, specifically administration, communication, project coordination, exhibition, and program design. 

Networking opportunities in the contemporary art scene within the region; hands-on involvement in exhibition planning and execution; assistance in research; and curation; working directly with creative practitioners; educational and community outreach; and more. An opportunity to engage with the 421 team through a structured mentorship model, and a learning-focused approach to the exhibition operations through workshops, crits, and seminars.


Applications are only accepted through Submittable. Apply through this link.

Application deadline is February 26, 2024. 


Applicants who are interested in applying to this open call can learn more here.