Top 10 international internships of the week | Fermilab, UCLA, Max Planck...

Top 10 international internships of the week | Fermilab, UCLA, Max Planck Institute, CERN and more.



Fermilab, Illinois

1. Internships for Physics Majors(IPM) – Fermilab
Location: Fermilab, Illinios
Duration: 10 weeks (June 1 – August 7, 2015)
Number of Internships: Less than 10 (Around 5 each year)

  • Wage of $12.50 per hour for a standard 40-hour work week, subject to US taxes.
  • Shared housing.
  • Shared use of a rental car
  • Transportation to and from the airport for out-of-state interns.

For more details and to apply, visit IPM Fermilab’s Page.

The last date to apply this year is February 8, 2015

Who can apply: 

  • Students must be undergraduate physics majors. (“graduating seniors” are eligible).
  • Students must be foreign students attending US or non-US universities.
  • Participants must provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the US.
  • Participants must have medical insurance while at Fermilab.

About Fermilab: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. As of January 1, 2007, Fermilab is operated by the Fermi Research Alliance, a joint venture of the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and the Universities Research Association (URA).

IPM Fermilab offers ten-week summer internships to outstanding undergraduate physics majors and has been developed to familiarize students with opportunities at the frontiers of scientific research in particle physics.

2. Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS-UCLA)
Location: Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at University of California, Los Angeles
Duration: 9 weeks (June 23-August 22, 2015)
Stipend: IPAM provides each undergraduate student with a travel allowance and a stipend of $3,000. Housing and most meals are also included. RIPS students will live in residence halls on the UCLA campus and will work at IPAM

For more details and to apply online, visit RIPS-UCLA’s website.

The last date to apply is February 22, 2015.

Who can apply: It is a program for students who are enrolled in or have just completed an undergraduate (bachelors) degree. Students with a strong background in mathematics and an interest in seeing how mathematics is used in the real world are encouraged to apply. Most of the projects have a significant computational component, so that proficiency (or at least some experience) in computer science, data analysis or numerical computation is valuable, but not necessary for everyone.

International students, including students attending a university outside the US, are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA, as are graduating seniors.

About: The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS UCLA) Program provides an opportunity for talented undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research projects proposed by sponsors from industry or the public sector.



3. The CERN Summer Student Program, CERN
Location: CERN, Geneva
Duration: 8 weeks in summer 2015.
Possible dates of stay are the following: June 8 to July 31, June 15 to August 7, June 22 to August 14, June 29 to August 21 (in exceptional circumstances only)

Stipend: 90 CHF/day + Travel allowance + Health Insurance Scheme + The CERN Housing Service will assist you in finding accommodation on, or near the site of the laboratory + During July & August you may attend lectures from 09:00-12:30 each day (5 weeks).

Who can apply: You can apply for this CERN internship if you:

  • You are a national of any country other than a CERN Member State. (India is not a member of CERN and hence you can apply).
  • You are a university-level undergraduate (Bachelor or Masters) at least in your third year.
  • You will remain registered as a student during your stay at CERN. If you expect to graduate in the European summer 2015, you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have a good knowledge of English; knowledge of French would be an advantage.

About: The CERN Summer Student Program offers undergraduate and junior post-graduate students of physics, computing and engineering a unique opportunity to join in the day-to-day work of research teams participating in experiments at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Beyond the outstanding first-class scientific value of their stay, the selected students will find working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment an extremely enriching personal experience. It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make valuable and long lasting contacts with other students and scientists from all over the world.

In addition to the work in the experimental teams, Summer Students attend a series of lectures specially prepared for them. Several scientists and engineers from around the world share their knowledge about a wide range of topics in the fields of theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering and computing. Visits to the accelerators and experimental areas are also part of the Program, as well as discussion sessions, workshops and a poster session.

For more details and to apply online, visit CERN Internships’ page.

The last date to apply this year is January 28, 2015. 


Asian Development Bank

4. Asian Development Bank Internship Program, Asian Development Bank
Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: Varies (a minimum of eight (8) weeks (56 days) and a maximum of 26 weeks or six (6) months for one internship assignment.)

Stipend: Stipend is provided to all interns according to the location of internships up to 56 calendar days. Interns may choose to work beyond 56 calendar days in agreement with the designated supervisors, but without stipend.

However the interns are to shoulder accommodation and transportation; part of the airfare and food expense. Interns are provided with an I-Pay card; these are pre-loaded cards with a limited monetary value to cover food expenses at the ADB Cafeteria Dining Facility for Manila-based internships. Interns assigned to Field Offices are provided with cash food allowance.

For more details and to apply, visit Asian Development Bank Internship’s page.

ADB advertises internship assignments three times per year. The last date to apply for this round of internships is November 19, 2014.

  • 1st round: 24 October – 19 November
  • 2nd batch:  16 January – 11 February
  • 3rd batch: 13 March – 8 April

Who can apply:
The applicants must be- be enrolled in a Master’s- or PhD-level program at a school in one of the ADB member nations (India is a member), both prior to and after the internship assignment; be engaged in academic study in a field directly related to ADB’s work.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established to facilitate economic development of countries in Asia. And this ADB internship is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs.

The internship program offers the opportunity to:

  • work in a major international development organization;
  • work collaboratively with experienced professionals from over 50 different countries;
  • gain a deeper understanding of development finance and the impact of the work ADB does; and
  • contribute to ADB’s business through research outputs


Weizmann Institute of Science

5. Internships – Weizmann Institute of Science
Location: Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Duration: June 28, 2015 – August 20, 2015 (8 weeks)
Financials: Foreign students receive a stipend of NIS 500 per week (up to NIS 4,000 in total). And airfare or any other travel costs are NOT covered by the program. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.


You will be provided with 8-week free accommodation in the student accommodation of the neighboring Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University. But interns are responsible for their own meals.

For more details, visit Weizmann Institute of Science Internship’s website and you can apply online here.

The last date to apply is December 31, 2014.

Who can apply: Applicants must be students enrolled in undergraduate science degree programs (in Physics; Chemistry; Life Sciences; Mathematics; or Computer Science). You need to give an evidence of a serious interest in scientific research (previous experience is an advantage but not a requirement). You should have a grade point average 3.6/4.0 or the equivalent in the grades associated with your major subject.

About: The Weizmann Institute of Science is a public research university in Rehovot, Israel.

And it’s annual Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts each summer a select number of outstanding undergraduate students to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences. It is an enrichment program designated for overseas undergraduate students from all over the world, who are majoring in the Sciences, to experience science first hand by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Each student is associated to a laboratory or a theoretical research project under the supervision of an experienced scientist; the students become, for a short time, full-fledged members of the scientific team.

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

6. Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) Internship Program, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems 
Location: Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany

Duration: Internships typically last for 12 to 14 weeks during the summer. However, they do accept applications throughout the year and also occasionally offer six month long internships.
Stipend: Selected applicants receive monthly stipends during their stay. They are provided free housing by the institute, and are reimbursed for their travel expenses to the institute.
Research Areas: Operating Systems, Distributed Systems and Networking, Programming Languages and Software Engineering, Security and Privacy, Natural Language Processing etc. 

Here is a link to the MPI SWS Internship Program’s website.

Who can apply: These internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Only a limited number of internship positions are available each year, and admissions are very competitive. Candidates are selected based on their academic achievements (e.g., honors, course grades, prior project experience) as well as their interest and motivation in pursuing original research in different areas of software systems. Selection process might also involve a phone interview with promising candidates.

The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) is a computer science research institute co-located in Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern, Germany.

The MPI SWS Internship Program provides an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects. The interns are expected to tackle new and challenging research problems in close collaboration with graduate students and faculty at the institute.


The John Innes Centre

7. Summer School – The John Innes Centre
Duration: 8 weeks (July 5-August 29, 2015)
Location: John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre in UK
Stipend: Free accommodation plus weekly stipend of £200. There are no travel costs included in the stipend, however for students coming from abroad they may be able to help with the travel costs to and from the UK (at the beginning and end of the program.).

For more details and to apply, visit John Innes Summer School’s websiteAlso, go through these FAQs.

The last date to apply is January 19, 2015.

Who can apply: Applicants should be registered on a degree course. Undergraduate students in their first or final year of study are not eligible. Preference is given to undergraduate students but Masters students can apply.

About: The John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre in UK provide students the unique opportunity through the John Innes Summer School to spend the summer on their research program in plant, microbial and computational biology.

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

8. Internships – National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Location: College of Engineering, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)
Duration: 2 months (May 11- July 13, 2015)
Stipend: Limited candidates will be given Global Engineer Leadership (GEL) Scholarships with subsidized round trip airline tickets up to NTD 15,000 and free accommodation at university residence hall.

Streams: Power Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nanoengineering and Microsystems, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and Materials Science Engineering.

For more details, visit the NTHU Internships’ page.

The last date to apply this year is December 29, 2014.

Who can apply: This NTHU summer internship program is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate current enrolled university students overseas. Applicants will be accepted to one of the six disciplines under College of Engineering that best match their interest of study. Each student admitted will complete the program under the advisory of a professor.

National Tsing Hua University or NTHU is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan. And you can now apply for the NTHU Internship program for summer 2015.

This internship program will be a two-month research experience under the guidance of a faculty advisor from College of Engineering, NTHU. Each participant will working collaboratively with their advisor on an on-going research project or a new project of mutual interests.

The program offers a great opportunity with the mixture of cultural experiences, academic achievements, and social outings. During the two-month program, you will work along with local students on conducting research projects. This program also arranges field trips of places around Taiwan.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

9. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Research Program
Location: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
Duration: 10 weeks (Tuesday, June 2 – Saturday, August 8, 2015)
Stipend: A stipend of $5,000 will be paid for the 10-week period. All room & board expenses will be covered.

For more details and to apply, visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program ‘s website and you can apply here online.

The last date to apply online this year is January 15, 2015.

Who can apply: Any undergraduate matriculated college sophomore (second year) or junior (third year student) with a strong academic background may apply.

About: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, non-profit institution located around New York with research programs focusing on cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics, genomics and quantitative biology.

It provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Each year, approximately 25 students from around the world are accepted to this fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior laboratory staff members on independent research projects in: Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioinformatics and Genomics.

10. Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy (VISRA), U.S.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee (United States)
Stipend: A stipend of $3,000 + Round-trip airplane ticket + Transportation to and from the Nashville airport +  to help you pay other expenses (meals, local transportation, etc.) during VISRA + Health insurance.

For more details and to apply, visit VISRA’s official website.

The last date to apply this year is January 15, 2015.

Who can apply:

  •  Applicants cannot be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Applicants should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced (PhD) degree and should be highly motivated to learn.
  • Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of university studies, achieving high grades. They anticipate that most VISRA students will currently be enrolled in a University outside of the United States and will have recently completed their second or third year of studies. While all international students are welcome to apply, preference will be given to students who are currently outside of the United States.
  • Applicants should have excellent English language skills. While your English may improve at the Academy, this is not an opportunity to learn English.

Now in case you are eligible, go through this list of Vanderbilt faculties and you can list up to 6 Vanderbilt Faculty that you are interested in working with for your research project.

About: The Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy aka VISRA supports international undergraduate students who desire a taste of biomedical research at a high caliber US University. VISRA is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for international undergraduate students. It has been created for international students looking to gain research experience at a top tier US institution. And each year, atleast one student from India gets selected for this internship making it worth considering and applying.

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