Internship Program

About the Program

A practical training program is required for most undergraduate students at the Petroleum Institute. The Summer Internship Program takes place once a year for a total duration of eight weeks. Students register for the internship program from early spring semester of each academic year. They then spend eight weeks with their assigned organization. The workplace will be as required by the individual organization.

To qualify, students must:

  • have a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.0
  • have a minimum of 90 earned Credit Hours by the start of the internship program.

The internship Office organizes and coordinates all aspects of the internship placement. Students are placed under the direct supervision of a mentor in an ADNOC group company or an international engineering firm. 

Program Objectives

The prime objective of the Summer Internship Program is to provide hands-on exposure to the oil and gas industry.

The success of the internship program is entirely due to the support of ADNOC's Scholarship Department, the ADNOC Group of Companies and other organizations committed to the development of the UAE.

Program Benefits

Each student intern works on a project that involves real engineering work. This will usually involve collection and synthesis of data, analysis and reporting. Apart from gaining technical expertise, students will also work in teams and develop time management skills. Most importantly, they will learn to observe rules, regulations and procedures. Students' communication and presentation skills are also expected to improve as a result of the experience.

The Summer Internship Program allows students to apply the theoretical knowledge gained at the PI. Specifically, they will solve design and maintenance problems and demonstrate an awareness of engineering applications in the oil industry.

Each student intern is monitored by a PI faculty advisor. This advisor also prepares a final report on the student's overall performance during the internship. The final report becomes part of the student's permanent record at the PI. It is also used as input into the Program's own assessment process. A formal evaluation of the student is carried out by both the faculty advisor and a company mentor at the conclusion of the internship.


Internship Office:

Bu Hasa Building #2, Room 2-011, The Petroleum Institute

P.O.Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Phone: +971(2)6075635

Fax: +971(2)6075200


Dr. Khalifa Al Hosani

Director of Internship, The Petroleum Institute


Phone: +971(2)6075958

Ms. Arwa Alblooshi

Internship Coordinator, The Petroleum Institute


Phone: +971(2)6075635

Degree Requirements

The field of Mechanical Engineering deals with the science and engineering of mechanical devices and processes. Accordingly, the degree program begins with basic studies in engineering science including statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mechanics of materials. The program continues with advanced courses in machine design, computer-aided engineering, heat transfer, systems dynamics & control, engineering vibration and turbomachinery.

The design experience in the ME program is introduced progressively at several stages in the curriculum from two introductory design courses in Sophomore year to two-semester capstone mechanical design sequence courses (MEEG 490 and MEEG 491) in the senior year. The design curriculum emphasizes design, communication, and computer-aided system, and component design strategies. The program features an industrial summer internship where students gain exposure to the petroleum and natural gas processing industries in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world.

The Mechanical Engineering Program requires 134 credits to graduate distributed as follows: 45 credits in General Education Requirements, 65 credits in Major Requirements, 12 credits in humanities and social sciences, at least 6 credits in Major Electives and maximum of 6 credits in Technical Electives.