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2023 CERN Openlab Summer Students Programme

2023 CERN Openlab Summer Students Programme

A CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are investigating 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 with each other at close to the speed of light.

For two full months corresponding to 9 weeks (June-August 2023), CERN openlab summer students will work on an advanced IT project and receive a series of IT lectures specially prepared for them by experts from CERN and other institutes. Students also have the opportunity to attend the main lectures of CERN’s summer student program, if they wish. Visits to accelerators and experimental areas are part of the program, as well as visits to external companies, if the pandemic allows it. A short report and presentation on your work and project at CERN is expected at the end of your stay.

Requirements for the CERN Openlab summer student program

To qualify for a place in the program you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Bachelor’s or Master’s (not PhD) student with a strong IT profile and will have completed, by summer 2023, at least three years of full-time study at the university level.
  • You will remain registered as a student during your stay at CERN. If you expect to graduate during the European summer of 2023 (starting in May), you are also eligible to apply.
  • You have not worked before at CERN with any other status (technical student, trainee, user or other status) for more than 3 months.
  • You have a good knowledge of English; Knowledge of French would be an advantage.
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Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply for this Summer Student Program.


In exchange, CERN will provide you with:

  • A 9-week partnership contract to work on an advanced IT project.
  • An extensive IT lecture programme, students will also be able to attend CERN’s generic student summer lecture program if they wish.
  • A living allowance of CHF 90 per calendar day (excluding tax) to cover the cost of accommodation and meals in the Geneva area for a single person for the entire duration of the contract.
  • A lump sum travel allowance 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 panel.
  • Coverage by the CERN Comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution is already deducted from the daily allowance).
  • Assistance in finding accommodation at or near the CERN site.

Start date: Monday June 19, June 26, July 3, 2023

Required documents:

You will need the following documents, clearly labeled (for example, “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic record”, etc.) and in PDF format to complete your application:

  • a curriculum
  • A copy of your most recent transcript giving an overview of your grades (if you download it from your university’s portal, make sure it’s unprotected so we can open it).
  • At least one reference letter (dated less than 12 months), preferably 2.

Deadline for application: January 30, 2023

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