CERN openlab Summer Student Programme

Deadline to submit applications: 
15-FEB-2017 (23:59 CET)

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 or Mathematics, Engineering or Physics with a strong computing profile? Would you be interested in working on an advanced IT project for two full months during the summer?  If so, you should apply to the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme!

During two full months corresponding to nine weeks (June-September 2017), the CERN openlab summer students will be given a series of IT lectures especially prepared for them by experts at CERN and other institutes. The students also have the opportunity to attend the CERN generic student programme lectures, if they wish. Visits to the accelerators and experimental areas are part of the programme, as well as visits to external companies. 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 Summer Student Programme, please visit the homepage.

  • You must be a Bachelor or Master student in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Physics.
  • You have completed, by summer 2017, 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 2017, you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have not worked at CERN before with any other status (Technical Student, Trainee, User...) for more than 3 months and you have not been a CERN summer student in the past.
  • A good knowledge of English is mandatory; knowledge of French would be an advantage. 
  • An allowance of 90 CHF per day during your contractual dates
  • Travel allowance (on a lump sum basis)
  • Assistance to find accommodation on the CERN site or nearby
  • Health insurance scheme during the duration of your contract
  • 9 weeks of stay - 40h/week

Possible dates of stay are:

  • 19 June to 18 August 2017
  • 26 June to 25 August 2017
  • 03 July to 1 September 2017

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
  • A motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work in the field of computing,
  • Proof of enrolment at a university for the current year
  • Report on Candidate: Once your application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail which contains a link to this report which has to be forwarded to at least one referee (preferably a professor). In order to be considered, at least one new report must reach us before the deadline.The report on candidate needs to be less than 6 months old at the deadline.

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 mid-April 2017.

Please note that applications may be forwarded to a panel of national experts for evaluation purposes.