About CERN’s Technical Student Programme
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
If your university or institute requires or encourages you to acquire work experience through an internship, imagine doing this at CERN in Geneva.
It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth and an impressive addition to your CV!
CERN invites applications from candidates in the following disciplines.
- Applied Physics
- General or Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Material and Surface Science
- Electrical or Electronics Engineering
- IT, Mathematics and Robotics
In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:
- You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
- You have completed at least 18 months of your undergraduate studies (Bachelor or Master’s) at the time of the next student selection taking place in May 2020. Please note that PhD students are not eligible for this programme.
- You can stay for at least 4 and at most 12 months remaining registered as a full-time student.
- You have a good knowledge of English OR French.
In return, CERN will provide you with:
- A contract of association from 4 to 12 months.
- An allowance of 3319 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
- A travel allowance.
- Depending on your personal circumstances, a supplement if you are married and/or have children.
- Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution will be automatically deducted from your allowance).
- 2.5 days of paid leave per month.
How to apply
The application links for each discipline are given below.
- Applied Physics (click here)
- General or Civil Engineering (click here)
- Mechanical Engineering (click here)
- Material and Surface Science (click here)
- Electrical or Electronics Engineering (click here)
- IT, Mathematics and Robotics (click here)
You will need the following documents, clearly labelled (e.g. “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic transcript”, etc.) and in PDF format to complete your application:
- A CV.
- A copy of your most recent academic transcript giving an overview of your marks (if you download it from your university portal please make sure there is no protection so that we can open it).
- A reference letter from your University Professor is mandatory. Should you have one from a previous internship you may add this as a second reference.
Make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further.
You may upload the reference letter yourself, whilst submitting your application, or through your referee via the link you will receive shortly after submitting your application.
Your application along with all supporting documents should reach CERN no later than 25th March 2020.
Please note that your application may also be shared during the process with a panel of national experts for evaluation purposes. Ultimately, it will be reviewed by a panel of CERN experts who will meet in May 2020.
For the official notifications, click the below links.
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