Paid Internships in Europe

Applications are invited to apply for the Institute of Science & Technology (IST Summer Internship) in Austria. The IST Summer Internship is a Fully Funded all expenses covered International Internship for international students.

ISTernship summer program
Outstanding bachelor’s and master’s students from all over the world can join IST Austria in the ISTernship program. Students who are interested in basic research in the fields of biology, computer science, data science, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The application for the ISTernship 2020 is now open! The deadline to apply is February 1, 2020 (23:59 CET). Please see details below on how to apply.


The ISTernship (“IST-” + “(int)ernship“) is a summer internship program for bachelor’s and master’s students who are looking to expand their scientific research experience. Every summer since 2013, roughly 30-40 students join the ISTernship program and work closely with our faculty or a lab member on a short research project.

As part of the application, prospective interns choose a group to work in, and successful applicants agree on a research project with the group leader. The participating faculty will be announced latest when the call opens.

Upon arrival, ISTerns receive an introduction to research at IST Austria as well as an introduction to the IST Austria Graduate School. The program culminates with a research symposium, where ISTerns present their work to peers, faculty and lab mentors.

Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.

APPLICATION MATERIALS for paid internships in Europe Austria
We ask you to upload the following documents to the application portal:
Statement of purpose
University transcripts and diplomas of all degree programs and all years you have attended and/or are currently enrolled in (we recommend to submit these in the original language as well as in English)
Contact information of 1 or 2 referees


Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.

Each successful candidate receives compensation to assist with the cost of living in Austria and travel to and from Austria.


There are a number of events either specifically organized for ISTerns or open to ISTerns aimed at making their time at IST Austria as valuable as possible.

Weekly presentations providing short overviews of the research conducted in groups at IST Austria given by the relevant professors or their Postdocs (July & August).
Invitation to the annual IST Austria barbeque (June).

Annual poster session in which ISTerns prepare a poster detailing their research project at IST Austria (August).

Monthly compensation
Access to affordable health insurance
Allowance for travel costs
Subsidized housing
On campus housing available
Free access to the IST Austria shuttle bus with hourly service to Vienna

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