CERN Paid Short Term Internship in Switzerland 2020-21

Undergraduate students in technical and administrative fields are invited for a short term paid internship at CERN in Switzerland. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of 1,516 Swiss Francs (around 1,400 Euros).


At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

CERN offers a limited number of internships throughout 2020 in their practical training program, with a duration of 1 to maximum 6 months geared towards technical or administrative fields of study. Interns will receive a monthly allowance of 1,516 Swiss Francs. You can apply for a place at any time throughout the year and can indicate your availabilities. Your application will then be reviewed by CERN experts and if successful, you will be contacted by the program coordinator.

Application process is ongoing.


Main criteria

  • You are a full-time student at undergraduate level and are at least 18 years of age
  • Your main field of study is in one of the following areas: applied physics, computing, mathematics, electricity, electronics, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, surveying, ultra-high vacuum, scientific communication. A very limited number of places may be available in administrative fields such as: translation, advanced secretarial work, accounting, legal services, human resources, librarianship, logistics
  • You have a good knowledge of English and/or French.


Find out more about CERN and other available internships. 

Photo: Shutterstock / Edited by: Martina Advaney

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