The 2019 cohort of ISTerns sporting their new hoodies.

photo credit: May Chan

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 for the ISTernship 2020 is now open! The deadline to apply is February 1, 2020 (23:59 CET). Please see details below on how to apply.


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.


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.


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


The application for the ISTernship 2020 is now open. Start your application here! The application deadline for the 2020 ISTernship is February 1, 2020 23:59 CET. Please note that the letters of recommendation, submitted by your referee(s), are also due by February 1, 2020 23:59 CET.

The list of participating faculty for the ISTernship program 2020 can be found here. In your application, you need to indicate your preferred professor(s) to work with. You do not need to contact the professor(s).

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.

ISTernship events

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

In cooperation with

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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