The 2018 cohort of ISTerns sporting their new hoodies.

photo credit: Saren Tasciyan

ISTernship summer program

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 science, mathematicsphysics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the ISTernship program for the summer of 2018 has already passed. The next call will open in December 2018, when a link to the online application tool will be published. The application deadline for the 2019 ISTernship is in February 2019.

The ISTernship summer program

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.

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.

For more information see the ISTernship FAQ.


Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students 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.


8–12 weeks between May 15 and September 15.


The application for the ISTernship program for the summer of 2019 will open in mid-December 2018 and will be open until February 2019. A link to the application system will be posted as soon as the application is open.

The list of participating faculty for the ISTernship program 2019 can be found here. In your application, you need to indicate your preferred professor(s) to work with. You do not need to contact the professor(s).

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

ISTernship Program Information

Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.

Each successful candidate receives compensation to assist with the cost of living in Austria and travel to and from Austria.

ISTernship events

There are a number of events either specifically organized for ISTerns or open to ISTerns aimed at making their time at IST Austria as valuable as possible.

Benefits of the ISTernship summer program

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It is also possible to do a scientific internship (year-round) at IST Austria. See this page to find out more.

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