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Experiential Learning

Designed to provide students with industry work experience.

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The IB Career-related Programme is designed for students interested in perusing a career-related education in the final two years of secondary school. It provides them with an excellent education to support their further studies, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce. The experiential learning program is embedded in the IBCP where students undertake work placements and industry visits one day per week 

In addition, we have developed the Experiential Learning Program as a co-curricular program for our Year 11 students and to complement the IB Diploma Programme . The Experiential Learning Program offers students the opportunity to gain industry work experience outside of DP curriculum time to explore career pathways and focus university choices. This experience is gained during summer and term vacations.     

This is achieved by leveraging our links with the Al Futtaim Education Foundation and by extension the Al-Futtaim Group (AFG).  AFG provides work placements for students in the automotive industry, financial services, real estate and retail sector and covering functions such as marketing, HR and legal.  

The learning that takes place during these experiences is invaluable. The ability to reflect on real life experiences during University interviews set students at DIS apart.

Summer Internships include: 

  • Students working 40 hours a week.
  • Students simulate a full performance management cycle. 
  • A structured learning developmental track. 
  • Support group of (school, L&D and HR-business key person) to facilitate process, answer inquires and streamline the experience 
  • Readiness (pre-program) engagement sessions and reinforcement (post-program) learning sharing activities are done


During summer 2019, 27 students participated in an abridged internship, testing the appetite of students for the longer more intense Program Design. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Students remarked on how the experience has helped them gain an insight in working in a corporate environment and helped them develop personally.   

One of the interns created the following video: