Scientific Internships (Year-Round)

IMPORTANT: At the moment, short-term mobility programs between ISTA and Russia have been suspended. It is therefore unfortunately not possible for students enrolled at a Russian university to apply for internships at ISTA, including via the ISTernship program 2023. 

Please note that these restrictions on short-term mobility do not apply to the PhD program at ISTA. If you are interested in applying for the PhD program at ISTA (deadline 28 February 2023) please click here.

Students who are either pursuing or have obtained a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in the natural or computer sciences, mathematics or any related discipline are eligible to apply for a scientific intern position at ISTA. A scientific intern can be appointed for a period of up to 1 year.

Candidates are selected by the head of a research group (Professor or Assistant Professor) and the appointment is subject to the availability of sufficient funds for the salary of the scientific intern and a formal approval of the Academic Affairs division. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and those interested in an independent scientific intern position at ISTA should contact the respective group leader or staff scientist directly.

Please note: Not all research groups are able to accept an intern. We only take complete applications into consideration, including 1) applicant’s CV, and 2) a short motivation letter stating why their profile and research interests match the group’s research topics. Incomplete and/or irrelevant applications will NOT be processed. Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive, we only reply to selected candidates. 

ISTA offers scientific interns a minimum salary of EUR 1,184 gross per month.

ISTA does not charge any processing or application fees for any of its programs at any stage, including scientific internships.


What do faculty members look for?

It is important for you to show passion and interest for the research topic of the group you’re applying to. Having the relevant educational background is a must, while having transferable/related research experience or technical skills and know-how would be a big benefit.


Application

First, you identify which research group / scientist you’re most interested in working with. In order to find out about the range of research groups available, please browse this overview of research groups or list of staff scientists.

Once you’ve found a research group you’d like to work with, email the research group leader / staff scientist directly, remembering to include:

  • a short intro to your background, and your motivation to work with them
  • an attached CV (in PDF format), listing relevant experience, education history
  • possible dates for your internship

If they are interested in hosting you as a scientific intern in their group, he/she or his/her assistant will be in touch with you regarding the next steps.

Please note: not all research groups/units are able to accept an intern. Before applying, candidates should take a closer look at the webpages to make sure their profile and research interests match the groups’ research topics.

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and those interested in an independent scientific intern position at ISTA should contact the respective group leader / staff scientists directly.

ISTA does not charge any processing or application fees for any of its programs at any stage, including scientific internships.


It is also possible to do an ISTernship at ISTA. See this page to find out more.

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