CERN Online Summer Student Programme 2021 at Switzerland

Designation/Position-  CERN Online Summer Student Programme 2021

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland invites application for CERN Online Summer Student Programme 2021 for eligible and interested candidates

About- 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. Find out more on

NOTE: owing to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic and driven by our commitment to enable students to take part in our unique regular yearly CERN Summer Student Programme, the 2021 edition will run with a completely online approach. 

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

Research/Job Area- Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers 

Location- Geneva, Switzerland


Take part in CERN’s Online Summer Student Programme! 

Over a period of up to three months, you will work on an advanced technical project as part of an experimental, engineering, or computing team. During this unique and exciting time, you can attend a series of online lectures specially prepared for you where experts and scientists worldwide share their knowledge about a wide range of topics in the fields of theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering, and computing. Find out more on the Summer Student information page. A short report on your work project will be expected at the end of your online internship.

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

  • You are a Bachelor’s or Master’s student (not a Ph.D.) in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics. You should have completed, by the European Summer 2021, at least three years of full-time studies at the university level.
  • You will remain registered as a student during your online studentship with CERN. If you expect to graduate during European summer 2021 (as of May), you can also apply.
  • You 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 previously been a Summer Student at CERN (please note that exceptionally, students who took part in the 2020 online learning initiative are eligible to apply).
  • You have a good knowledge of English; knowledge of French would be an advantage.

Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply for this Online Summer Student Programme.

CERN would very much like to benefit from your commitment and passion, and in return, CERN will provide you with:

  • A contract of association of up to three months to work on a technical project.
  • An extensive online physics lecture program (you will also be able to attend a series of IT lectures organized by CERN openlab).
  • A modest stipend ( to be defined)
  • Virtual social events for all the participants to create and nurture the community of 2021 Online Summer Students.
  • Online workshops

Job/Position Description- 

One of CERN’s key missions is education. Our professionals enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with students who are committed and passionate about their chosen field. And there’s no better way to learn than on-the-job: when that job happens to be with a world-famous research organization and center of scientific excellence, it’s even better.

Are you currently studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics? Are you looking for a training period during the European summer (June – September)? If so, this could be the opportunity for you: apply now for the CERN Online Summer Student Programme!

How to Apply- 

You will need the following documents, clearly labelled (e.g. “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic transcript”, etc.) and in PDF format to complete your application:

  • A CV in either English or French.
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript giving an overview of your marks (if you download it from your university portal, please make sure the document is not protected so that we can open it).
  • Two mandatory reference letters from your lecturers/teachers and/or previous internship supervisors.

Please ensure you have all the documents requested to hand when you start your application on our career portal (only reference letters should be submitted afterward).

References: Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that contains a link. You must forward this link to your referees so that they can upload their recommendation letter. Please note that this must be done before the application deadline (31 January 2021 at 12 am CET).

Last Date for Apply31 January 2021 at 12 am CET

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