Eligibility criteria and application

The Summer in the Lab internship program is open to regular EPFL students who express high interest for research. Students at the Bachelor’s level are accepted, and applicants must:

  • be in the 2nd or 3rd year of a Bachelor’s program at the time of registration
  • be a regular student at EPFL (≠ visiting student at EPFL)
  • stand out in terms of academic performance
  • demonstrate strong motivation for research and have the perspective to pursue a career in research and development
  • be eager to learn and develop transversal skills
  • have a Swiss nationality or a residence permit valid for the duration of the internship

International students who are not eligible for the Summer in the Lab internship program have the opportunity to apply to the following programs (distinct eligibility rules apply):

Admission to the internship program is based on a recruitment process that ensures the selection of qualified and highly motivated interns.

The Summer in the Lab program offers extra-curricular internships. They cannot be validated as part of the mandatory EPFL Bachelor internships.

A stipend of CHF 2,000 gross per month (pro rata), half financially supported by the Vice Presidency for Academic Affaires and half by the laboratory,  is awarded to all successful candidates.

How to apply?

Application is now closed. The application round for summer 2024 will open in December 2023.

The application must include the following elements:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter – detailed info below
  • Official transcripts – detailed info below
  • Contact details of two references – detailed info below
  • Copy of your CAMIPRO (EPFL student card)
  • Copy of your passport or ID card
  • Choice of three EPFL laboratories – detailed info below

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Detailed information

Your motivation letter (max. 800 words) should highlight your interest in pursuing this program and your expectations in terms of outcomes, as well as the following information:

  • Your qualification and research experience
  • Your motivation, interests and expectations in undertaking a research internship at EPFL
  • Your choice of laboratories: justify your choices with respect to your profile
  • Your ambition: describe your future professional and personal objectives and mention if you have a potential interest in a research career

In case you already have an agreed project with an EPFL professor, please describe the project in detail instead of providing your choice of laboratories.

Please upload your official transcripts stating your academic results for all your study semesters at EPFL.

Transcripts downloaded from IS-Academia are considered official.

Your referees could be a tutor, a professor, a past employer, or an internship supervisor. Carefully select the best options in relation to your application and your laboratory choices.

A reference request will automatically be sent to your referees after the submission of your online application form.

Your application file will be considered complete if it contains at least one reference letter.

It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your reference letters within the registration deadline. You can follow the status of your reference letters via the registration form portal.

EPFL hosts around 500 laboratories and research groups with cutting-edge infrastructure in disciplines ranging from mathematics, physics or chemistry to life sciences, architecture or engineering. Browse the list of laboratories and research groups or look by research domain, choose your three favorite ones, and indicate the name of the laboratories and its head in the online application form.
In addition to the laboratories in the above list, the Swiss Plasma Center is among possible choices.

To increase your chances of working in the laboratories of your choice, make sure your profile is a good match. Your choice will be taken into consideration, but there is no guarantee that you will be placed in one of your selected laboratories.

If you come with a specific project agreed upon in advance with an EPFL professor, please follow the guidelines provided in the application form to submit your laboratory choice.

Application process

The EPFL Central Admission Committee will review all complete applications in December and shortlist successful candidates. Shortlisting decisions will be communicated by the end of December.

Applications will then be submitted to the laboratories for final selection and recruitment. Laboratories are free to conduct interviews and successful candidates will receive an email of full acceptance to the Summer in the Lab program.

Do you still have questions? Check our FAQs webpage.


For further information on the Summer in the Lab internship program, please contact us:

[email protected]

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