Internships provide an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects at the MPI for Software Systems. Interns are expected to tackle new and challenging research problems in close collaboration with graduate students and faculty at the institute. Successful internships often result in coauthored publications at top academic conferences.
Only a limited number of internship positions are available each year, and admissions are very competitive. Candidates are selected based on their academic achievements (e.g., honors, course grades, prior project experience) as well as their interest and motivation in pursuing original research in different areas of software systems. Selection process might also involve a phone interview with promising candidates.
Selected applicants receive monthly stipends during their stay. They are provided free housing by the institute, and are reimbursed for their travel expenses to the institute.
Our internships are usually 12 to 14 weeks long. Longer internships are possible in some cases. We welcome interns round the year, but most of our interns prefer the summer months (May-August).
Who is eligible for an internship?
We consider internship applications from students (Bachelors’, Masters’ and doctoral) and industry employees interested in pursuing graduate studies. You are welcome to apply if you satisfy the following criteria:
- You are interested in academic research in Computer Science in at least one of the research areas we cover. See our website for a list of research areas and researchers.
- You have a strong background in Computer Science and in the relevant area(s) of research. Having completed coursework equivalent to the first three years of a Computer Science undergraduate program at the start of your internship, or having prior experience doing research in the relevant area(s) is usually enough background.
- Your academic record is excellent, irrespective of its length
Based on merit, many accepted applicants receive financial support for their internship. Financial support includes return travel from your place of residence, accommodation for the duration of your internship, and a stipend to cover remaining living costs. Financial support decisions are conveyed along with acceptance decisions. Please do not write to us about the amount of financial support we offer until you have been accepted for an internship.
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