CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme 2020

  • 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

One of CERN’s key missions is education. Our professionals very much enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with students who are committed and passionate about their chosen field.

If you are a Master degree level student with interest in technology entrepreneurship, imagine spending 5 weeks at CERN to develop a concept for a new venture with the assistance of expertise from CERN. An impressive addition to your CV!

Through the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP), you will work with experts in machine learning to solve problems already identified by the participants, and in smaller teams develop a plan on how to build and grow your new venture solving this problem.

Places for CESP 2020 are limited, and the programme has a fixed duration from 20 July to 21 August 2020.

How about it?


Requirements for application and participation:

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

  • You are at least 18 years of age on the start date of the programme.
  • You are a full-time student at Master degree level, enrolled at a university or institution at least until the end of August 2020.
    • Please note that candidates who are currently studying for a PhD are not eligible for this programme.
  • You have a good knowledge of English.
  • You have identified a problem you want to solve through the creation of a new venture.

Important information for you to know:

  • The duration of the internship is 5 weeks, from 20 July to 21 August 2020.
  • You will receive a monthly allowance of 1,516 Swiss Francs and CERN will provide accommodation in a single room at the CERN Hotel. You will need to have full insurance cover valid in the Geneva area for medical expenses, work and private accidents as well as any disability arising from professional and non-professional illness and accidents. 
  • Please note, the cost of living in Geneva area is high and you should have adequate financial resources to support for other expenses.

The full Terms and Conditions for the programme, including information on selection process, commitments by participants, and financial conditions, are available here. We request the applicants to read them carefully before applying.

Additional Information

The application deadline for this programme is 20th April at 12 pm CET. 

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

This is how you can apply:

You can apply either as a member of an existing team (of two to four members), or on an individual basis. Note that this programme evolves around the concept of teams, and we encourage applicants to apply as a team.

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • Your CV, preferably in Europass format.
  • A recorded Video Pitch.
    • The video must be max 3 minutes long, and must describe the project you (your team) want(s) to work with during CESP, and why you are (your team is) the right candidate for the programme.
  • A Project Description.
    • The document must be max 1 page long (standard font size; pdf format), and must describe the project you (your team) want(s) to work on during the programme, including problem that you aim to solve, market you are addressing, and technical challenge.

Only complete applications will be considered. CERN is not responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, incomprehensible, incomplete, damaged, or otherwise unreadable or defective applications, or other submissions, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, received, or consider applications, or other submissions.

You can only choose one of the two following forms of application, which has to comply with the corresponding additional requirements:

(A)    Individual Application

In your Video Pitch you must (i) introduce yourself, and (ii) explain why you believe you should be accepted as an individual participant.

(B)    Team Member Application

All team members must apply through this platform, but they must upload the same Video Pitch and Project Description.

Note: All team members must be listed in your application (a specific question to list their names is provided as you start the application process).

Make sure you have your all your documents ready and 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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