What's in it for you?

A three-month internship at EPFL that will allow you 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

The Research Internship Program offers internships in labs from all Schools at EPFL to outstanding students from the program's partner universities. Applications for the Research Internship Program in 2020 will open in the fall 2019.

A Scholarship of Excellence will be awarded to selected candidates to cover main costs of living. EPFL will not charge any fees for the Research Internship Program.

The Research Internship Program is opened to excellent students (top 10%) from one of the program’s partner universities. We accept students at the Undergraduate/Bachelor (3rd or 4th year) or Master level. Applicants should have at least completed their 2nd year of Bachelor (undergraduate) when they start the internship. Candidates have to be enrolled as regular students at their home university when they undertake the internship. The internship should be part of their curriculum.

Interested candidates must get their home institution international exchange office’s green light to apply.

This program has been designed to establish or develop study abroad partnerships with international partners.

Applications for The Research Internship Program in 2019 are now closed! Thank you for your interest. Documents and forms to be filled for your application (incomplete and late applications will not be considered):

  • Online application form*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1000 words)
  • Official transcripts from your university or high school stating your academic results of the 2 last years up to the most recent one
  • 2 reference letters from a Professor or/and previous employer (maximum 1000 words)
  • 1 passport-format picture in JPEG for your EPFL student card (please refer to the acceptance criteria)
  • Scan of your passport

* Including 3 choices of Labs/Professors. Please note that there is no guarantee that your requests will be accepted.

Once you have uploaded all the required documents and filled in your application, your application will be taken into consideration. Successful candidates get a feedback from the Research Internship Program usually by the end of January of the year following their application. They will also be provided with a check-list with visa, accommodation and insurance details. For more details, please visit our Q&A page.


Candidates interested in a student exchange program can consider combining their exchange semester of studies with a research internship (before or after). Interested students should contact their home university international exchange office to confirm this option and send an email to researchinternships-at-epfl. 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.

MARVEL Master’s fellowships The INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master’s fellowships dedicated to female students empowers them to conduct their Master’s thesis research in a laboratory belonging to the NCCR MARVEL  on “Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials” in order to increase their number in the field of simulation science. More information about the INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master’s fellowships.

Think Swiss Scholarship For additional funding, only registered students from a University in the United States or Canada can apply for the Think Swiss Research Scholarship Program:

Accommodation The EPFL housing office will support successful candidates in finding a flat-sharing solution or a room.

Language International students enjoy speaking English on campus and in the laboratories whilst French is the official spoken language in this part of Switzerland. English is also widely spoken in Switzerland.

Budget For an idea of a student’s budget, please click here. Please note that this is an average budget. Interns from the Research Internship Programs don’t have to pay tuition fees.

For more information on the research internship program, please contact us:

[email protected]

Students interested in internships in specific areas also have the possibility to apply to the following programs (disctinct eligibility rules):