At CERN, the European Organisation 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 Organisation.
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.
If you’re an undergraduate in the technical or administrative fields and you’re looking to spend a few months training “on-the-job”, imagine doing your internship at CERN in Geneva. An impressive addition to your CV!
We offer a limited number of places in our practical training programme from between 1 to 6 months geared towards your particular field of study.
In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:
You can apply for a place at any time throughout the year. Your application will be considered by a group of CERN experts who will act as supervisors to the selected students.
Please be aware that we only have a limited number of places for this programme.
If you are selected, you will be contacted by the programme coordinator. If your application cannot be considered, you will be informed by email.
Please note that if a traineeship agreement is required by your institute, as an international organisation CERN will not sign external documents. You will therefore be required to use the CERN traineeship agreement provided on
All you need is a good CV!
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 programme coordinator. Please be aware that we only have a limited number of places for this programme.
Make sure you have your CV to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload additional documents or edit your application.
Start dates as of February 2020, based on mutual needs and availabilities.