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. Find out more on home.cern.
Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation
and is an established value of the Organization.
Take part in CERN's Technical Student Programme!
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!
If you are a student looking to complete practical training in domains related
to Material and Surface Science or Chemical Engineering, you will have the
opportunity to work at the cutting edge of technology, contribute and broaden
your knowledge in areas as varied as mechanical testing of materials, magnetic
measurements, metallography, surface treatment, optical and electronic
microscopy, X-ray diffraction or radiochemistry to name but a few.
Please note that students specialising in theoretical or experimental
particle physics are not eligible to apply for this programme.
A panel of CERN experts meets twice a year in December and May to review all
applications, and on each occasion, typically 120 students are selected to
join the programme.
In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the
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 December 2021. Please note that PhD students are not eligible for
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.
CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and
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.
Your future Life @CERN
Get a glimpse of what it's like to work at CERN: https: // careers.cern/benefits
and https: // careers.cern/our-people
Here are few tips to start you off:
Be as specific as possible in the application fields “Education” and
We recommend you prepare your answers in Word or Notepad in advance, as
once you start completing the application on Smartrecruiters, you have a
limited time to submit it.
If you apply to more than one job, you will need to upload the documents
for each application you submit.
Check out our dedicated pages for more information.
You will need the following documents, in English or in French, clearly
labelled (e.g. “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic transcript”, etc.)
and in PDF format to complete your application:
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
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 us no
later than 11th October 2021 (12pm CET). 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 December 2021.