Research internship

EPFL offers research internships in cutting-edge laboratories to highly qualified students from the program’s partner institutions who are looking for a stimulating and supervised practical experience at a leading university.

EPFL ranks as one of the most successful institutions in Europe. Its pioneering and interdisciplinary spirit, coupled with state-of-the-art infrastructures, attracts leading scientists from around the world. Today, EPFL is developing into one of the most innovative and scientifically productive institutions. The vitality of home-grown entrepreneurs and the international networks established with other centers of excellence reinforce this innovative spirit. EPFL’s research internship offers the opportunity to outstanding students to experience research during three to four months in this stimulating environment.

Research internships are a unique chance to …

… expand knowledge and explore new or alternative fields

… specialize within a specific scientific subject

… gain experience in a cutting-edge lab and boost career prospects

… work and interact with first-rate researchers

… discover a new exciting university and its renowned professors

… enlarge experience in a scenic country and discover a new culture

… get a taste of what graduate studies could be at EPFL

Research at EPFL

The creativity and rigor of EPFL’s scientists is astounding in a wide variety of areas, such as environment, energy, health, engineering, basic sciences, robotics or information technology. Equally impressive are collaborations between researchers in all areas, combining their expertise to provide solutions to practical problems. EPFL has long advocated interdisciplinarity, and it is clear today that the major issues of our times will only be solved when biologists, computer scientists, civil engineers, and mathematicians are able to speak the same language and work toward a common goal.

The candidates selected for the Research Internship Program benefit from EPFL’s outstanding facilities for research while enjoying the School’s vibrant campus situated in a breathtaking setting on the shores of Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps. As for Lausanne, it is a small town with plenty to offer to culture buffs, gourmets, night owls or daydreamers. lt is also a perfect base camp for weekend excursions to attractions in Switzerland or to European capitals.

Eligibility and application

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

Testimonials

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

FAQs

This FAQs contains the answers to many questions about application to the Research Internship Program.

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].

During the Bachelor’s studies, courses are mostly taught in French during the 1st and 2nd year. The number of courses taught in English increases during the 3rd year (see courses taught in English). During the Master’s studies, most courses are taught in English.