Research Internship: what’s in it for you?

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

About Research at EPFL

Research at EPFL has never been better. Whether in the areas of the 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.

Academic Rankings

The university 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 stand in Academic Rankings  

Combining an internship with an exchange program

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

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

Student exchange program language:
• Bachelor program: mostly taught in French 1st & 2nd year, increasing number of courses in English from 3rd year. Check out courses taught in English.
• Master program: majority of courses 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.