The ISTernship Summer Program in Austria

Opportunity Description:

The ISTernship (“IST-” + “(int)ernship“) is a summer internship program for bachelor’s and master’s students who are looking to expand their scientific research experience. Every summer since 2013, roughly 30-40 students join the ISTernship program and work closely with our faculty or a lab member on a short research project.

As part of the application, prospective interns choose a group to work in, and successful applicants agree on a research project with the group leader. The participating faculty will be announced latest when the call opens.

Program runs for 8-12 weeks between May 15 and September 15. Exact dates and length are decided together with the supervisor.

Upon arrival, ISTerns receive an introduction to research at IST Austria as well as an introduction to the IST Austria Graduate School. The program culminates with a research symposium, where ISTerns present their work to peers, faculty and lab mentors.

Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Outstanding bachelor’s and master’s students from all over the world can join IST Austria in the ISTernship program. Students who are interested in basic research in the fields of biologycomputer sciencedata sciencemathematicsphysicsneuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students (or similar) in good standing at a degree granting institution. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor’s studies (before the respective start date).

All students, regardless of nationality or country of residence, are eligible to apply.

Application Process: 

The next call will open in December 2019 and will be open until February 2020. More specific information will be published closer to the application period.

For more detailed information about the application, see the ISTernship FAQ.


We ask you to upload the following documents to the application portal:

  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • University transcripts and diplomas of all degree programs and all years you have attended and/or are currently enrolled in (we recommend to submit these in the original language as well as in English)
  • Contact information of 1 or 2 referees

Application Deadline: 

Saturday, February 1, 2020
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