Research internship

A three to four month internship at EPFL to:

– Expand your knowledge, explore new or alternative fields, widen your horizon
– Specialize within a specific scientific subject
– Gain experience in a cutting-edge lab and boost your career prospects
– Work and interact with first-rate researchers
– Discover a new exciting university and its excellent professors
– Enlarge your experience in a scenic country and immerse yourself in a new culture

Research at EPFL

Research at EPFL has never been better. Whether in the areas of environment, health, civil engineering or information technology, the creativity and rigor of our scientists is astounding. Equally impressive are collaborations between researchers in all areas, combining their expertise to provide solutions to practical problems. EPFL has long advocated interdisciplinarity.

We know that the major issues and greatest problems of our times will only be solved when biologists, computer scientists, civil engineers, and mathematicians can speak the same language and work toward a common goal.

Eligibility and application

The Research Internship Program is open to excellent students from one of the program’s North American and UK partner universities.


EPFL interns present the highlights they experienced during the Research Internship Program.


Find answers to your questions about application to the Research Internship Program.

Academic rankings

EPFL ranks as one of the most successful institutions in Europe. It is a genuine leader, especially in obtaining the most prestigious part of the Europe FP7 program and the ERC grants. Overall, Switzerland has achieved substantial success.

See where EPFL stands in academic rankings (in French).

Combining an internship with an exchange program

Candidates who are interested in a student exchange program can consider combining their exchange semester with a research internship (before or after the exchange semester).

Interested students from a partner university should contact their home university international exchange office to confirm this option, and then send an email to [email protected].

Student exchange program language:

Bachelor’s program: courses are mostly taught in French during the first and second year. The number of courses taught in English increases during the third year.
See courses taught in English.

Master’s program: most courses are taught in English.

Why Switzerland?

Switzerland is located at the heart of Europe and is one of the most competitive countries in the world in terms of its performance in the areas of education, research and innovation:

• No other country in the world has such a high percentage of students educated at a top university.

• Switzerland ranks at the top both in the Innovation Union Scoreboard (Europe) as well as in the Global Competitiveness Report.

• If we compare Switzerland’s national knowledge output, i.e. the number of scientific papers published in proportion to the country’s total population, Switzerland is ahead of all other countries. The same holds true in terms of the number of patents filed.

• Swiss researchers produce roughly 1.2% of all scientific papers published worldwide. If we consider the actual number of scientific papers produced in Switzerland to the country’s total population, we find that Switzerland and Finland (which are small countries) are at the top of the list.