Internship reserved for students with disabilities / Stage reservé pour étudiants en situation de handicap

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Intern

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Short-Term Internship in a Software Development team for physics experiments

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Are you a student in a technical or scientific field, looking for an internship to apply your knowledge and get practical experience? Join us in the collaborative, knowledge-sharing and international environment of CERN, for a period of 5 to 6 months, and contribute to the optimisation of software used by over 20,000 physicists around the globe. 

Whilst CERN Jobs are open to all eligible candidates, as part of CERN’s commitment to advance inclusiveness and accessibility in the workplace this particular opportunity is reserved for students with disabilities.

If you have some knowledge of programming, and are keen to collaborate with experienced programmers on optimising a program used around the globe to analyse, visualise and store about one Exabyte of high energy physics data, hesitate no longer and apply! In function of your competencies and interests, you could contribute by:

  • Improving the builds of this software, for instance using newest C++ compilers or by testing its web-based graphics system.
  • Collecting and applying analysis patterns for meaningful and relevant benchmarks.


In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a full-time student at undergraduate (post-secondary) or graduate level (doctoral students are not eligible).
  • You are residing in France or Switzerland [1]
  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You have full insurance cover valid in the Geneva area for medical expenses, work and private accidents.
  • Your main field of study is in the scientific, engineering or technical field.
  • You have knowledge of programming.
  • Your work at CERN is an obligatory or recommended part of your studies.
  • You will be returning to your educational establishment after completion of your stay at CERN.
  • You have basic knowledge of English.

[1]: Currently limited to France and Switzerland during the pilot phase of the project.  

Important information for you to know:

  • The appointment will be for a minimum duration of five months and a maximum duration of six months.

  • The internship position will take place in 2019. Your exact start date will be defined with you in line with the possibilities offered by your educational establishment.

  • You will receive a monthly allowance of 1510 Swiss Francs. Please note, however, that the cost of living in Geneva is high and this allowance is just a complement. You should have adequate financial resources to support yourself in the local area.

Additional Information

This is how you can apply:

All you need is a good CV!

Following your application and the review of your paper application, you may be contacted by the CERN supervisor of this internship to discuss the opportunity in more detail. Students whose applications were not selected will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.

Please note that if a traineeship agreement is required by your institute, as an international organisation CERN will not sign external documents. You will therefore be required to use the CERN traineeship agreement provided on

You are encouraged to contact CERN’s Recruitment Unit on [email protected] if you have questions regarding the internship, including for matters of workplace accessibility or special needs.

Make sure you have your CV to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload additional documents or edit your application.


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