Technical Student Programme

Deadline to submit applications: 
26-APR-2016 (23:59 CET). Selection Committee 07-JUNE-16

There’s no better way to learn than on-the-job. When that job happens to be in a world-famous organisation and centre of scientific excellence, even better. If you’re an undergraduate in Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing and are looking for a practical training period or a place to complete your final project, you could spend 4 to 12 months at CERN during the course of your studies (Bachelor or Master). An extension of up to a maximum of 14 months may be given. 

It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth.



Disciplines represented: Applied physics, IT, mathematics, electrical, electronic, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, science communication, surveying, ultra-high vacuum.

Students specialising in theoretical or experimental particle physics are not eligible to apply for this programme.

You can view some examples of projects under the following link. Note: This list is by no means exhaustive and when you apply you will have the opportunity, in your application form, to specify your field of interest which will be taken into account when your application will be assessed by the committee.

Link for CERN supervisors to submit a Technical Student project proposal.

  • You need to be a national of a CERN Member State and studying in a Member State. Cypriots, Pakistani, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply.

Students from Non-Member States are able to apply only if they have been residing in a Member State for the last 5 years and are enrolled in a Member State educational establishment.

  • You should have completed at least 18 months of your undergraduate studies.
  • You can stay for at least 4 and at most 12 months remaining registered as a full-time student.

We advise students to opt for the longest period possible to make the most of it and increase the chances of being selected!

  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French.
  • 3283 CHF/month (the allowance is net of tax)
  • Travel allowance
  • Additional allowance for students who are married and/or with child(ren)
  • Contract of association from 4 to 12 months
  • Membership of the Health Insurance scheme (contribution automatically deducted from allowance).
  • ~40 hours/week
  • 2.5 days of annual leave/month
  • CERN housing service helps finding local accommodation; visa service; social affairs service.

Once your application form has been submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail which contains a link to the CERN "Report on candidate" form. You must forward this link to at least one referee (Professor preferably or we also accept supervisors from a previous internship). Reports from the last selection committee will not be considered. Students must also upload their most recent academic transcript giving an overview of their marks (if you download it from your university portal please make sure there is no protection so that we can open it), as well as a CV (in English or French) in order to complete the application.

Candidates are required to apply online before 26.04.2016 (23:59 CET) and submit the required documents by 01.05.2016 (23:59 CET) - If any document is missing, the application will not be considered during the selection process.

Overview of closing dates are available here.

Please note that applications from countries who are Associate Members may be forwarded to a panel of national experts for appraisal.

Applications are considered by a Selection Committee which meets twice a year, in June and December.

Contracts normally start on the first calendar day of a month and not before two months after the selection committee.

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