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SSH’s inaugural summer internship programme was successfully launched this year. Want to know what it’s like to intern at one of the MENA regions’ leading architecture and engineering consultancies?
Meet 22 year old Tamara Karim, a student at the University of Salford, UK, currently studying Architecture Design and Technology. Having previously worked as a junior architect for Architect CT, focusing on interior design and architectural work, Tamara applied for the summer internship after seeing an advert calling for ambitious architecture students keen to relocate to the Middle East for an intense summer programme. After fierce competition and two rigorous interviews, her passion and dedication stood out and an offer was made.
During her time at SSH, where she was Kuwait-based, Tamara experienced working for a company that has been adding to GCC cityscapes for decades, working side-by-side with our architectural studio team, learning more about the architectural business. Tamara’s duties included architectural sketching, research to create mood boards, turning them into conceptual ideas and drafting clients’ presentations for proposals and competitions. She also attended team meetings, discussing how to take the clients’ requirements and put them into concept.
Working on a diverse range of projects that included two mixed-use towers in Downtown Dubai and Ras Al Bar Resort in addition to a master planning project in Bahrain, and the Kuwait Oil Company Housing project, she was able to improve her craft. She learned and practised her work using IT packages such as In-Design, Photoshop, AutoCAD and Rhino.
With these skills, international experience, and a range of large-scale projects in her portfolio, Tamara has made a positive impact on her future, she feels ‘more independent and with a clearer view of her career path’. Particularly inspired by two strong female leaders at SSH, Business Development Director Karen Mort and Head of Interior Design Sebaa Orabi.
‘The office has an amazing atmosphere, with great experts that were there to help and teach throughout my whole journey. I’ve learnt a lot and made a lot of new friends’, highlights Tamara, who has also learnt a very important skill: networking.
Whilst in Kuwait, Tamara had the opportunity to attend an Alumni Network event hosted by the University of Salford, where she connected with experts in diversified fields, received expert advice and was able to get some impressive contacts which she plans to put to good use once she graduates.
Karen Mort, SSH’s Business Development Director stated that ‘SSH is pleased to have provided the opportunity for a talented young professional. We are always pleased to hear from ambitious students from our strategic partners, the University of Salford, either undergraduates looking to boost their skills and experience in a summer internship, or graduates who are looking for a career opportunity in the Middle East’.