Work Placement / Internship

Applied Physics

Technical Student Programme

About CERN

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. 

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job description

One of CERN’s key missions is education. Our professionals very much enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with students who are committed and passionate about their chosen field.

Imagine getting involved in work that is changing the world and imagine doing it before you’ve left university.

Imagine working in an international environment and having a great quality of life.

Put all these ingredients together to make this imagination a reality.

There’s no better way to learn than on the job. When that job happens to be in a world-famous organisation and centre of scientific excellence, even better.

Take part in CERN’s Technical Student Programme!

Technical Student opportunities at CERN

Watch our video showcasing the technical student opportunities at CERN.

If your university or institute requires or encourages you to acquire work experience through an internship, imagine doing this at CERN in Geneva. It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth and an impressive addition to your CV!

If you are a student looking to complete practical training in domains related to Applied Physics, you will have the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of technology, contribute and broaden your knowledge in disciplines as varied as particle detector physics and their applications, analysis and simulation, data processing, radiation studies, beam instrumentation, optics, lasers, cryogenics, vacuum or thermodynamics to name but a few.

Please note that students specialising in theoretical or experimental particle physics are not eligible to apply for this programme.

A panel of CERN experts meets twice a year in December and May to review all applications, and on each occasion, typically 120 students are selected to join the programme.

Qualifications

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

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have completed at least 18 months of your undergraduate studies (Bachelor or Master’s) at the time of the next student selection taking place in December 2018. PhD students are not eligible for this programme.
  • You can stay for at least 4 and at most 12 months remaining registered as a full-time student.
    • We advise you to opt for the longest period possible to make the most of it and increase your chances of being selected!
  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French.

Benefits

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.

In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • A contract of association from 4 to 12 months.
  • An allowance of 3283 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • A travel allowance.
  • Depending on your personal circumstances, a supplement if you are married and/or have children.
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution will be automatically deducted from your allowance).
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 22nd, 2018
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • 6 months, Summer, Year-long
  • Geneva, Switzerland
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Physics

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