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CERN Summer Student International Programme in Switzerland, 2023

Do you want to gain hands-on experience with the latest computing technologies? Would you be interested in working on an advanced computing project and looking for a practical training period through the European summer from June to August? If so, this could be the best opening for you.AdvertisementApply now for the CERN Summer Student Programme 2023! There‡s no better way to learn than on-the-job. Respectively each year, CERN Openlab innings a nine-week program for baccalaureate and postgrad students focusing on subjects connected to computer science. The programme may lead to follow-on projects in your home institute.

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CERN is a place where dizzying IT challenges abound and has an environment like no other. It is the birthplace of the World Wide Web. They collaborate with leading technology companies and research institutes.

Application Deadline: 30 January 2023, 12 noons on CET time.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: CERN
  • Department: IT
  • Course Level: bachelor or master degree
  • Award: Internship Job
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: Member state countries
  • The award can be taken in Switzerland


  • Eligible Countries: Eligible countries –
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the given criteria:
  • Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply for this Summer Student Programme.
  • Must be a bachelor‡s or master‡s student (not PhD) in computer science, mathematics, engineering or physics
  • Applicants will remain registered as a student during their stay at CERN. If they expect to graduate during the European summer of 2023 (as of May), are also eligible to apply.
  • Must have a strong computing profile
  • Have completed at least three years of full-time studies at the university level by next June
  • Have not worked at CERN before with any other status (Technical Student, Trainee, User or another status) for more than 3 months and you have not been previously a Summer Student at CERN.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To apply, applicants can submit an online application with all required documents to support their application.
  • Supporting Documents: Documents should be included in the application: A CV, a recommendation letter from the university supervisor, a motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work, and academic transcripts for the current year. Documents must be in English or French, clearly labelled and in PDF format to complete your application.
  • Admission Requirements: Students must specialize in subjects related to computer science.
  • Language Requirement: Must have a good knowledge of English; knowledge of French would be an advantage.


In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • 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 few students who are paid directly by a national funding agency have to come to CERN with their own insurance coverage.

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