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“It’s the best summer for me.” Meet four of this year's “Summies”

“It’s the best summer for me.” Meet four of this years’ “Summies”


The 2017 summer student programme has been another rich edition with 340 students from 90 countries coming to CERN for a unique summer experience like nowhere else on earth. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures, workshops, and take part in various activities in a rich programme that will make for memories to last a lifetime. We met 4 of them at the Summer Student Poster Session to find out more.



A technical or admin studentship like nowhere else on earth!

“Excellent programme, definitely an eye opening experience!”; “I can say without hesitation that technical student programme contributed to both my personal and professional growth.”; “I felt welcomed and challenged in a positive way at CERN. I want to return.”

These are but a few of the many quotes of happy students who have taken part in CERN’s Technical and Administrative student programme.

There’s no better way to learn than ‘on-the-job’: CERN Technical and Administrative student programmes are a unique opportunity for students to experience work in a place like nowhere else on earth, at the cutting edge of technology where challenge, purpose, imagination, collaboration and quality of life collide to make for the experience of a life time.

Celine and Eszter are the coordinators of the technical and administrative student programmes at CERN, “Techs” and “Admins” for short. Today the programmes count respectively 196 technical students spanning 23 nationalities and...

"Take every opportunity to learn that comes your way": meet Michael, Computing Engineer at CERN.

Michael, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN

I am a Computer Scientist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. My first encounter with CERN was when the "Big Bang" Roadshow came to Queen's University Belfast in May 2013. The Higgs Boson had been discovered the previous year, CERN was in the news, so I went with a few friends to attend the public lectures. We weren't fast enough to get tickets to hear Peter Higgs, but managed to squeeze into the back of a crowded lecture theatre to listen to Steve Myers. Steve is an alumnus of Queen's and at that time was Director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN. I remember being inspired by his talk about the engineering challenges of building the Large Hadron Collider. I did not suspect that in a few years I would be working on the LHC's...

Pack your bags, travel to Geneva and experience it yourself: behind the scenes of CERN's Summer Student Programme

It’s June 1st, an important date in the CERN Talent Acquisition team calendar as we prepare to welcome the first of the Summer Students (or ‘Summies’ as they are affectionately known) who take part in the 2017 edition of the programme in a couple of days. It’s been a long road to get to this happy day: Jenny and Eszter, coordinators of the Member State Summer student programme, tell us more about what has been going on these past months, behind the scenes…

If this account inspires you, take note: the next call for applications opens next October, so get ready, get set, go!

Jenny, Eszter, When did the process actually start?

It began last October, 2016, when we published the call for applications for the Member State programme. As a reminder, this programme is for students studying for a Bachelor or Master’s degree in...

"Opportunities will always come where you least expect them!": meet Jamie, taking part in the Technician Training Experience programme at CERN.

Jamie, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN

I’ve always loved science, and took physics and chemistry through sixth form at school, and got the opportunity to visit the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s (RAL) Diamond Light Source in my final year. From that point it was pretty much set that that is exactly where I wanted to be; working on these huge machines for science. I was a mechanical engineering apprentice at RAL for four years, and from this I had the chance to work abroad in Grenoble's ILL and ESRF and fell in love with France, its culture and the people. Just a couple of months in France opened my eyes to working abroad and I knew I had to leave. I made a plan, I knew I wanted to work in certain experiments and of course the top of...

Meet Emelie, COFUND Senior Fellow at CERN. "If you are curious, motivated and ready for an adventure: take the chance and apply. See you at CERN!"

In this month's blog post, we invite you to meet Emelie, a CERN COFUND Senior Fellow from Sweden who tells us more about her experience in this unique Organization. The Fellowship programme is now open for applications, closing 4th September 2017. For full details on this programme see

Emelie, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN I have been crazy about physics for as long as I can remember and dreamt of working with astrophysics.  During my physics studies in Sweden I changed focus when I discovered particle and accelerator physics and got intrigued by the mixture of physics and technology.  While I was a Master student I did a ski season in Chamonix in the French Alps. A friend of mine’s father who was working at CERN with superconducting magnets took us on a...

Meet Kitti-Lai, technical student at CERN. "It’s a lifetime opportunity, and you will know it once you are here!"

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. 

Every year, CERN hires over 200 Bachelor/Master level undergraduates in Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing to take part in the Technical Student Programme, in which Students benefit froma practical training period of between 4 to 12 months at CERN during the course of their studies. 

It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth. And who better to talk about this opportunity than the people who are currently taking part?

Note: The Technical Student Programme is currently open for applications, closing date 12th April 2017.

In this blog post, we invite you to meet Kitti Lai, a technical student from Trondheim, Norway, who works in CERN's International Relations Department, Education, communications and Outeach group....

CERN Jobs on the road in 2017 - somewhere near you?

A large box filled to the brim with CERN Jobs flyers, bookmarks, pens, badges and other goodies is sitting on my desk, ready for shipment.  The exhibition stand is encased in bubble wrap, ready for its flight abroad.  All set…. For one of our many outreach actions of 2017! Every year we hire hundreds of students, graduates and professionals at CERN to join this fantastic Organization & take part in the unique voyage towards understanding the fundamental nature of the universe. Although people usually and naturally associate CERN with physics and physicists, what is less known is that the majority of our hires span a huge range of technical and engineering disciplines. We cast our net wide across our 22 Member States to showcase what a great Organization CERN is and incite candidates to apply, via job portals, social media, professional media and various...

New year resolutions?

Resolution: ‘A firm decision whether or not to do something’, so says the dictionary. This word is a very common in the new year language, as we each take stock of another year past and what we intend to make of the fresh start a 1st of January represents. Embarking on a new fitness regime? Making more time for others? Working less, having more me-time? For many, it can also signify a new career start. And this is where CERN may come in at the right time for you: as the Organization looks back on a rich and fruitful 2016 and looks ahead to more exciting challenges for 2017, it continues to offer plentiful opportunities for students, graduates and professionals alike in many different domains. So take a few moments, cup of tea/coffee/beverage of choice in hand to browse our webpages to find out more about CERN,...