Bachelor’s or Master’s students who would like to gain more research experience are invited to apply for internships at IST Austria.


Benefits of doing an internship

Doing internships during your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s studies is a great way to gain more research experience.

You get the opportunity to find out if you enjoy doing independent research as well as which research field captivates your interest the most.

Prospective employers, whether in academia, industry or other sectors, highly value internship experience as it shows initiative and wider exposure to different work environments, technical know-how and research cultures.

IST Austria offers a supportive environment for research and professional development. It provides access to state-of-the art facilities from bioimaging to nanofabrication and scientific computing through centralized Scientific Service Units.

IST Austria an open and international culture with a scientific staff from more than 70 nations. IST Austria offers career development services for young scientists to prepare them for their next steps, and provides numerous social and fringe benefits such as accommodation, cafeteria, sport & leisure, language courses, the free IST Austria shuttle bus, and childcare on campus depending on availability.

What does an internship at IST Austria have to offer?

As an intern at IST Austria, you will be guided by your supervisor as you work on your internship project(s). Depending on your background and research interests, as well as the research focus of the group you join, there is a wide scope for differences in the types of projects you can work on.

Interns in life science labs (e.g. biology, neuroscience) or experimental physics typically perform experiments, do literature searches, and learn new techniques that help address specific research questions.

In the theoretical sciences, such as mathematics, computer science, data science & scientific computing, and theoretical physics, interns write proofs, read related literature, and sometimes even get the opportunity to co-author papers on their results.

If you’d like to find out what kind of research is conducted at IST Austria, the best way to do so is by exploring the different research areas of our faculty.

ISTernship summer program vs year-round scientific internships

There are two ways in which you can apply to do an internship at IST Austria: the ISTernship summer program and year-round scientific internships.

The ISTernship summer program is an internship program with a centralized application and admissions process. The benefits of joining the ISTernship program are that you will be part of an international group of interns and have the opportunity to showcase your research results in an ISTernship symposium, attend mini-lectures on a range of research topics specially offered to ISTerns, as well as obtain additional support with housing. This is a prestigious program where you have ample opportunity to take part in the vibrant

research scene at IST Austria.

The second way you can join as an intern is through year-round scientific internships, which is where you get in touch directly with the faculty member whom you’re interested in working with and agree with them when the internship start and end dates will be. The duration of these internships can be up to one year.

Which route you opt for depends mostly on your availability. If you’re available for an internship during the summer (May – September), you are encouraged to apply for the ISTernship, the deadline for which is yearly in February.

In summary, there are two ways to apply for an internship:

1) the ISTernship summer program, and 2) year-round scientific internships.

ISTernship summer program Year-round scientific internships
How to apply via our yearly open call directly to individual professor
When they take place summer (May-Sep) anytime throughout the year
Duration 2-3 months up to one year

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about our internships, feel free to contact us: istintern@ist.ac.at.


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