The Venice Internship program offers hands-on experience, where interns spend one month in Venice staffing the UAE’s art and architecture exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia and overseeing the daily operations of the exhibition. The program is open to to Emiratis and long-term residents of the UAE aged 21 and above, with an interest or background in arts, architecture, diplomacy, international relations or representing the UAE on a significant global platform.

The internship is supported by an educational training program that kicks off with in-depth training in the UAE in partnership with its top cultural institutions, aimed at enabling the interns to engage fluently with the content of the exhibition in Venice. The education program continues in Venice in partnership with Ca’ Foscari University and other cultural institutions.

To foster cultural exchange and enhance the interns’ local experience in Venice, Italian interns selected from the prestigious Ca’Foscari University in Venice work side-by-side with their UAE counterparts at the pavilion. This allows further engagement with Italian customs, language and knowledge.

To date, the National Pavilion UAE has engaged with over 150 interns, with many pursuing careers in the arts industries post their participation at La Biennale di Venezia.

Selection Criteria
Applicants should meet the following criteria:

–  Over 21 years old
– Interest or background in arts, architecture, diplomacy, international relations or representing the UAE on a significant global platform
–  Practical experience is desirable (internships, work experience, volunteering)
–  Knowledge of the UAE’s role in La Biennale di Venezia
–  Interest and intent to pursue a career in the arts and creative industries in the UAE
–  Experience and interest in international experience and travel
–  Presentation of materials

Application Process 
All applicants must initially register online using the Application Form. Your application has gone through if you got a confirmation page upon submitting.

Candidates will be screened for eligibility and notified if they qualify for the next round of testing. If they are accepted, they will be asked to submit an essay and letters of motivation. From there, successfully applicants to the third and final round will have a face to face interview scheduled.

Successful candidates will be contacted by phone and email to inform them of their successful application into the program.

Open Call: Venice Interns Tote Design

* For Current Venice Interns & Alumni only

The National Pavilion UAE La Biennale Di Venezia (NPUAE) is approaching its tenth participation at La Biennale di Venezia in 2021 and to commemorate this milestone NPUAE is launching an Open Call to our network of Venice Interns [Alumni and current] to re-design the Venice Internship tote for a new unique look.

The NPUAE takes pride in our growing network of Venice Interns alumni across the UAE and in Venice, Italy. Therefore this Open Call is dedicated to Venice Interns from 2009 to present to channel their interpretation of their Venice Internship experience. Show us how the Venice Internship has inspired you through your design submission.

The winning design will be produced for 2021 as the official Venice Interns Tote in addition to an artist fee which is disclosed in the downloadable T&Cs.

How to Apply:
-Please email to receive an application form with the terms and conditions.
-Complete application form and submit with your design proposal by email to by Tuesday 15th September, 2020, 11:59 pm GST
-All designs must be original and must be in PDF format no bigger than 10MB
-Eligibility: Applicants must be a Venice Intern from 2009 -present (including 2020 selected interns).

Deadline to apply: Tuesday 15th September, 2020 by 11:59 pm GST