Bachelor’s or master’s students who would like to gain more research experience are invited to apply for internships at IST Austria.
Benefits of doing an internship
Doing internships during your bachelor’s and/or master’s studies is a great way to gain more research experience.
You get the opportunity to find out if you enjoy doing independent research as well as which research field captivates your interest the most.
Prospective employers, whether in academia, industry or other sectors, highly value internship experience as
it shows initiative and wider exposure to different work environments, technical know-how and research cultures.
If you’re thinking about applying for a PhD position, previous internship experience can demonstrate that your willingness to learn and enrich your research portfolio, opening up more opportunities and increasing the likelihood of gaining you acceptance to PhD programs.
What does an internship at IST Austria have to offer?
As an intern at IST Austria, you will be guided by your supervisor as you work on your internship project(s). Depending on your background and research interests, as well as the research focus of the group you join, there is a wide scope for differences in the types of projects you can work on.
Interns in life science labs (e.g. biology, neuroscience) or experimental physics typically perform experiments, do literature searches, and learn new techniques that help address specific research questions.
In the theoretical sciences, such as mathematics, computer science, data science & scientific computing, and theoretical physics, interns write proofs, read related literature, and sometimes even get the opportunity to co-author papers on their results.
If you’d like to find out what kind of research is conducted at IST Austria, the best way to do so is by exploring the different research areas of our faculty.
ISTernships vs independent internships
There are two ways in which you can apply to do an internship at IST Austria. One is through the so-called ISTernship program, which is a summer internship program with a centralized application and admission process.
The benefits of joining the ISTernship program are that you will be part of an international group of interns and have the opportunity to showcase your research results in an ISTernship symposium, attend mini-lectures on a range of research topics specially offered to ISTerns, as well as obtain additional support with housing. This is a prestigious program where you have ample opportunity to take part in the vibrant research scene at IST Austria.
The second way you can join as an intern is through independent internships, which is where you get in touch directly with the faculty member whom you’re interested in working with and agree with them when the internship start and end dates will be.
Which route you opt for depends mostly on your availability. If you’re available for an internship from May-September, you are encouraged to apply for the ISTernship, the deadline for which is Feb 15, 2018.
In summary, there are two ways to apply for an internship:
|How to apply||via our yearly open call||directly to individual professor|
|When they take place||summer (May-Sep)||anytime throughout the year|