The 2019 cohort of ISTerns sporting their new hoodies.

photo credit: May Chan

NEW!

Over the past months, the outbreak involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created unprecedented challenges worldwide. Given the uncertainty around the effects of this pandemic and the current international travel restrictions, IST Austria has decided to cancel the ISTernship program for 2020.

Please check back for updates on the 2021 ISTernship program.

ISTernship summer program

Outstanding bachelor’s and master’s students from all over the world can join IST Austria in the ISTernship program. Students who are interested in basic research in the fields of biologycomputer sciencedata science, mathematicsphysics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the ISTernship program for the summer of 2020 has already passed. The next call will open in December 2020, when a link to the online application tool will be published. The application deadline for the 2021 ISTernship is in February 2021.


The ISTernship summer program

The ISTernship (“IST-” + “(int)ernship“) is a summer internship program for bachelor’s and master’s students who are looking to expand their scientific research experience. Every summer since 2013, roughly 30-40 students join the ISTernship program and work closely with our faculty or a lab member on a short research project.

As part of the application, prospective interns choose a group to work in, and successful applicants agree on a research project with the group leader. The participating faculty will be announced latest when the call opens.

Upon arrival, ISTerns receive an introduction to research at IST Austria as well as an introduction to the IST Austria Graduate School. The program culminates with a research symposium, where ISTerns present their work to peers, faculty and lab mentors.

Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.

For more information and frequently asked questions, see the ISTernship FAQ.


Eligibility

Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students (or similar) in good standing at a degree granting institution. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor’s studies (before the respective start date).

All students, regardless of nationality or country of residence, are eligible to apply.


Duration

2-3 months between May 15 and September 15. Exact dates and length are decided together with the supervisor.


Application

The application deadline for the ISTernship program for the summer of 2020 has already passed. The next call will open in December 2020, when a link to the online application tool will be published. The application deadline for the 2021 ISTernship is in February 2021.

For more detailed information about the application, see the ISTernship FAQ.


Application materials

We ask you to upload the following documents to the application portal:


ISTernship Program Information

Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.

Each successful candidate receives compensation to assist with the cost of living in Austria and travel to and from Austria.


Financial Support

ISTerns receive a monthly compensation. The ISTernship program is developed in cooperation with the OeAD, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.

The OeAD handles the scholarship payments for a period of up to 3 months between May 15 and September 15.

Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.


Health Insurance

Austria has a statutory social security system; this means that you will have access to health insurance as soon as you start your ISTernship program at IST Austria.

More about Health.


On-Campus Housing

You can choose to live on campus in the IST Austria – owned and –operated apartments. This is a great way to connect with the campus community outside of labs and classrooms.

Single students as well as couples/families are welcome to stay in one of our over 100 residences.

More about Housing at IST Austria.


ISTernship Community

There are a number of events either specifically organized for ISTerns or open to ISTerns aimed at making their time at IST Austria as valuable as possible.


Benefits of the ISTernship summer program

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It is also possible to do a scientific internship (year-round) at IST Austria. See this page to find out more.

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