CERN Summer Student Programme (Member and Non-Member State) 2024

Are you a Bachelor’s or Master’s student in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics? Do you want to gain hands-on experience and work on an advanced technical project for 8 to 13 weeks? If so, the CERN Summer Student Programme 2024 is the perfect opportunity for you!


During your stay at CERN, you will have the chance to work with experimental or engineering teams on advanced technical projects. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of specially prepared lectures, given by experts and scientists from around the world, on a variety of topics in theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering, and computing. The programme also includes visits to CERN facilities, discussion sessions, and workshops. At the end of your stay, you will be expected to submit a short report on your work and project at CERN.


In return for your expertise, commitment, and passion, CERN offers a contract of association for 8 to 13 weeks to work on a technical project, an extensive physics lecture programme, 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, and a travel allowance on a lump sum basis paid at the end of your stay to help with the cost of travel between Geneva and your residence at the time of the selection committee. You will also receive coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme, and assistance finding accommodation on the CERN site or nearby.

To qualify for the CERN Summer Student Programme, you must be a Bachelor or Master student (not PhD) in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics, have completed at least 6 semesters of full-time studies in the field at the university level by European Summer 2024, and remain registered as a student during your stay at CERN. If you expect to graduate during European Summer 2024 (as of May), you are also eligible to apply. Additionally, you must not have worked at CERN before with any other status for more than 3 months and have not been previously a Summer Student at CERN. A good knowledge of English is required, and knowledge of French is an advantage. Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

To apply for the CERN Summer Student Programme, you will need a CV, a copy of your most recent academic transcript giving an overview of your marks, and two mandatory reference letters (dated less than 12 months) from your lecturers and/or previous internships. The application deadline is January 31, 2024. If you are a national of Canada, Japan, or the United States, please apply via the respective websites. All documents should be submitted in PDF format, and you can apply via the CERN website. Note that documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Apply now and take a step forward in your career!


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