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Independent Internships

Students who are either pursuing (or have obtained) a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a science subject are encouraged to apply for independent internships at IST Austria.


What do faculty members look for?

It is important for you to show passion and interest for the research topic of the group you’re applying to. Having the relevant educational background is a must,

while having transferable/related research experience or technical skills and know-how would be a big benefit.


How do I apply?

First, you identify which research group you’re most interested in working with. In order to find out about the range of research groups available, please browse this overview of research groups available.

Once you’ve found a research group you’d like to work with, email the research group leader directly, remembering

to include:

  • a short intro to your background, and your motivation to work with them
  • an attached CV (in PDF format), listing relevant experience, education history
  • possible dates for your internship

What next?

In some cases, group leaders write you back immediately and arrange for the internship to start.

In other cases, it can take a while for faculty members to get back to you, but just be patient and wait for a response.

If a couple of weeks have elapsed and you still haven’t heard back, you can try to send a polite reminder. If you still don’t hear back after this, it’s likely that there is no capacity in the lab for hosting an intern. Since our faculty members get many internship requests, it might not always be possible for them to send rejections to all requests.


It is also possible to do an ISTernship at IST Austria. See this page to find out more.

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