CERN openlab Student Programme

Deadline to submit applications: 

Are you a B.Sc. or M.Sc. student (who will have completed at least three years of full-time studies at university level by next spring) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Physics, interested in working on advanced IT projects for two full months during the summer? 

During two full months corresponding to nine weeks (June-August 2014), the CERN openlab summer students will be given a series of IT lectures especially prepared for them by experts at CERN. The students also have the opportunity to attend the CERN generic student programme lectures. Visits to the accelerators and experimental areas are part of the programme, as well as external visits. A report on the work project carried out is to be handed in at the end of the stay. For more information on the CERN openlab Student Programme, please visit the homepage.

  • You must be a Bachelor or Master  student in Computer Science or Physics.
  • You have completed, by summer 2014, at least three years of full-time studies at university level.
  • You will remain registered as a student during your stay at CERN. If you expect to graduate during summer 2014, you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have not worked at CERN before (ie as a User or a Technical Student)
  • A good knowledge of English is mandatory; knowledge of French would be an advantage. 
  • An allowance of 2 700 CHF per month (90 CHF per day)
  • Travel allowance (on a lump sum basis)
  • Health insurance Scheme during your stay
  • Report to be written by the end of stay
  • Short presentation to be given during one dedicated  session in the IT department
  • Attendance at visits inside and outside the laboratory
  • The CERN Housing Service will assist you in finding accommodation on, or near the site of the laboratory

Possible dates of stay are:

  • 23 June to 22 August 2014
  • 30 June to 29 August 2014
  • ( reserve date: 7 July to 5 September 2014) 

Please apply online before the February deadline. Once your application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail. The following documents MUST reach us before the deadline in order for your application to be considered.

Required Documents

  • CV
  • At least one recommendation letter by university supervisor(s)
  • A motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The students are welcome to upload other relevant document(s) (e.g. academic records).

Once the applications are completed, the selection process begins. Applications are considered by the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme Comittee and by the future supervisors of the students.
The results of the selection procedure will be made available to the students by April 2014.