CERN openlab Online Summer Student Programme 2021

Each summer, CERN openlab runs a nine-week programme for bachelor’s and master’s students specialising in subjects related to computer science. These students work on cutting-edge projects with our collaborators, gaining hands-on experience with the latest ICT solutions.

By joining the CERN openlab summer-student programme, you will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced ICT solutions are used in high-energy physics. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures developed for the CERN openlab summer students, given by experts on advanced CERN-related topics. The on-site summer-student programme also includes visits tothe CERN facilities and experiments, as well as to other research laboratories and companies.

Who should apply?

Are you a B.Sc. or M.Sc. student (who will have completed at least three years of full-time studies at university level by next spring) in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics — with a strong computing profile? Would you be interested in working on an advanced ICT project for nine weeks during the period
June-September 2021? If so, you should apply to the CERN openlab summer-student programme!

How to apply?

The application must be submitted here by 31 January 2021. The following documents should be included in the application: your CV, recommendation letter(s) by university supervisor(s), a motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work, and academic transcripts for the current year. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Replies to applicants will be sent out in April/May 2021.

What is the stipend?

For the normal on-site programme, a stipend is provided to cover the students’ living costs while staying at CERN.
With the 2021 edition of the programme set to take place online, a grant will be awarded to all participants (exact amount to be defined and communicated at a later date).

Student projects

The students participating in the programme work on projects related to specific topics, each with a dedicated CERN supervisor. At the end of their 9-weeks working with CERN, the students produce a report and present their work in a short public presentation. Reports on previous summer-student projects can be found here.

Applications are now open:
Further information can be found at: