Research Internship

A highly attractive internship

EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne* in Switzerland aims to attract students to the heart of Europe where renowned Professors strive for excellence in research and international recognition. In this context, EPFL offers a highly attractive internship scheme for talented students currently enrolled at partner universitites from North America and the UK enabling them to spend 3-4 months in a laboratory on campus. Other faculty-led research internship programs are also proposed to outstanding students from acclaimed institutions worldwide. *Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

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Questions and Answers

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.

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.

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Switzerland: Strength in Science, Innovation and Education

Geographically speaking, Switzerland may well be a small country located at the heart of Europe, but in terms of its performance in the areas of education, research and innovation, it is one of the most competitive countries in the world.

This has been borne out by verified statistics:

  • 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.