A collaborative research project between New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum

Students Engagement


The Family Business Histories (FBH) research project has identified various roles for undergraduate students to allow for an experiential learning experience for students in the area of research. In addition to being an interdisciplinary public history project, FBH also falls at the intersection of academia and the private sector. This unique setup allows for a variety of roles where students from different academic backgrounds and interests get to contribute with their respective skills in areas such as: research and writing, archival research, database development and data management, graphic design, website development, social media content creation. 

A unique role is designed for each student to develop their existing skill sets, in addition to allowing them to explore other areas of personal interests in line with their anticipated career goals. Students are given a unique opportunity to work closely with the project team from NYUAD and other partners and collaborators, to achieve the final vision of the respective research outcomes.


  • If you are an NYUAD student, keep an eye on the vacancies posted on Handshake 
  • If you are a non-NYUAD student, keep an eye on the Visiting Student Summer Undergraduate Research Program for application deadlines
  • Eligibility criteria is outlined for each advertised position separately

For more inquiries, you can contact israa.mahgoub@nyu.edu


Alia Al Janahi

Mechanical Engineering – Class 2025

Conducted research on the histories of Emirati and UAE-based family businesses from diverse nationalities and backgrounds.