In the first edition of the programme in Summer 2007 we hosted 9 internees from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan,... [more]
In the first edition of the programme in Summer 2007 we hosted 9 internees from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Poland and Serbia.[less]
In the first edition of the programme in Summer 2007 we hosted 9 internees from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Poland and Serbia.
Internationales Summer Internship
Summer internship for international undergraduate students
!!! All available internship positions for summer 2014 are already filled in - no further applications will be accepted !!!
Since 2007 the MPI-IE provides the opportunity for undergraduate students for laboratory internships during the summer break. The trainees stay at the institute for 8 to 12 weeks between May and September. They work on their own projects within a research group and take part in all scientific activities of the group and of the institute. They are also invited to join the yearly PhD students retreat of IMPRS-MCB fellows.
If you are interested in summer internship at our institute please visit the 'How to apply' section where you can find information on how to proceed.
In Summer 2013, six students took the opportunity to join our Institute and work in the laboratory for three months. They found their way to Freiburg from Austria, Egypt, Romania, Serbia, Spain and USA. Here is what they say about this experience:
'Spending my summer at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg turned out to be very constructive and rewarding. I had never worked in an environment as friendly and helpful as in my lab here. Everyone in the lab was always willing to teach me something, ask if I wanted to see/learn something new they were working on, but also to relax with a cup of coffee on the sunny Institute terrace or go out for a beer in the evening. It all fits in with the general atmosphere in the Institute and I can truly say I felt part of a big, very functional family. Summer students were also included in Institute Tuesday seminars, lab meetings, PhD retreat, lab retreat, and it all made the summer dynamic and exciting. I’ve met a few good friends and many admirable colleagues here and I certainly hope I will be coming back someday.'
'I enjoyed the internship very much. The work experience and environment were both great. I learned a lot from the work in the lab; I gained new experiences in the lab techniques, valuable knowledge on data analysis and I was given the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences in which many powerful and esteemed scientists present their work. On the personal level, I gained new experiences in team work. I had a lot of support, both from the lab and the administration, which allowed the internship to go smoothly with minimal, if no, problems. I hope we will be back soon to the institute.'
'Being a summer intern at the MPI-IE in Freiburg has been a memorable experience. The internship gave me the opportunity not only to learn new laboratory techniques, but also to attend the wide range of activities that are held weekly at the Institute (from scientific seminars… to barbecues!). It has been a pleasure to work between such a friendly and hard-working people. I should not forget to mention the close friendship I have built with the other summer interns and some PhD students. Living with them for a few months has been incredibly rewarding'.
'During my time at the MPI I was able to not only gain hands-on experience in the lab, but also to develop my critical thinking skills. Working closely with another post doc, I had to plan a stream of experiments in a time-efficient way, as well as to make adjustments when things went wrong. I greatly enjoyed this opportunity to contribute to an ongoing project; everyone in the lab was extremely helpful and willing to teach me new techniques, which made me feel like I was part of the team rather than just a visitor. Living with other summer students meant that I got to meet people from very different corners of the world, and after three months of cooking, travelling and working together, I can say that these friendships will last for a long time.'