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- Student Volunteers
The Plastic Lab always looks for undergrad students to volunteer in the lab. Volunteers will be actively involved in daily processes like washing, sorting, or shredding of plastics. Volunteers are not paid for their work but will get insights into the processes of waste management, plastic recycling, material handling, etc. This is an outstanding learning experience that is particularly essential for students interested in graduate school in the broad fields of design, engineering, and environmental studies.
- Student Research Assistants (SRA)
We are constantly integrating NYUAD students from different fields of study into our research. Students working with us come from the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, psychology, economics, computer science, or media design, just to name a few. The Plastic Lab’s interdisciplinary team always looks for talented, self-motivated undergraduate SRAs working during the Fall/Spring-semester, or during the summer break, to add a certain something to the lab.
Students are paid a non-negotiable stipend of AED 30 per hour with a maximum of 15 hours per week, irrespective of class level, or the number of assistantships held. January Term and Summer Term assistantships are limited to 10 hours per week.
SRAs will be actively involved in project work; we especially want students to engage in advanced research and apply critical thinking to find and assess possible solutions to existing tasks and problems. Prospective applicants may be trained in the crossover of sustainability and innovation, design and technology, project management, and communication. (Find more information on the Student Assistantship Program here). Please note: You have to volunteer in the Plastic Lab for a semester before being hired as a SRA. You should apply a semester in advance.
- Summer internships at our partner institutions
We are working with a network of partner institutions that offer our SRAs summer internship positions in the fields of plastic recycling, and social entrepreneurship. Former internships: Precious Plastic Sarajevo (2018, 2019).
- Internships for high school students
The Plastic Lab is currently piloting a program with Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, hosting two interns in the Plastic Lab for five months. Such internships are training and educationally oriented. Interested students should reach out to the school coordinator to contact the lab’s director.