CERN Summer Student Programme

Summer internships at CERN are a chance for students to gain unique professional experience. The CERN Summer Student Program is designed for students of faculties related to physics, mathematics, engineering and IT.

The CERN summer internship program for students is intended for those studying undergraduate and graduate studies related to physics, engineering, IT and mathematics. Participation in the program is a unique opportunity to join the daily work of research teams of the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This is an opportunity for development among outstanding scientists from around the world. Students also take part in a series of lectures given by the organization’s experts, discussion sessions, workshops and poster sessions. They also visit CERN research facilities and experiments.

The program lasts from 8 to 13 weeks. At the end, participants are required to prepare a report on their work at CERN.


Required qualifications

In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Bachelor or Master student (not PhD) in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics and should have completed, by the European Summer 2020, 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 European summer 2020 (as of May), you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have not worked at CERN before with any other status (Technical Student, Trainee, User or other status) for more than 3 months and you have not been previously a Summer Student at CERN.
  • You have a good knowledge of English; knowledge of French would be an advantage.



The program lasts from 8 to 13 weeks. CERN offers its participants:

  • A contract of association of 8 to 13 weeks* to work on a technical project.
  • An extensive physics lecture programme (students will also be able to attend a series of IT lectures organized by Openlab).
  • A 90 CHF per calendar day (net of tax) subsistence allowance to cover the cost of accommodation and meals in the Geneva area for a single person for the whole contract duration.
  • A travel allowance on a lump sum basis paid at the end of your stay to help you with the cost of travel between Geneva and your residence at the time of the selection committee.
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (contribution already deducted from allowance).**
  • Assistance to find accommodation on the CERN site or nearby.


The dates for starting the program in 2020 are:

  • June 2,
  • June 8
  • June 15,
  • 22th June,
  • 29th of June.



Application should include:

  • CV in English or French,
    a copy of the last academic transcript containing a review of grades,
    two reference letters (dated less than 12 months back).


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