Max Planck Summer Internship Program: Graduates can Apply


Hey Students! Are you a Graduate and looking for some good Internship opportunities in foreign countries? If yes then we have something interesting for you. Max Planck Summer Internship Program Registrations are open where any undergraduate student can apply. If you are from the life science field or a biology student this will be an amazing opportunity for you.

To know more about the Internship read the blog post till the very end.


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About Max Planck Summer Internship Program

Max Planck Summer Internship Program - Course Joiner
Source: Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

Our Summer Internship Program (MaxSIP) provides the opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students to join one of the labs at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (the future Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence) and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. The program will allow you to become familiar with different scientific approaches and laboratory methods.

Our internship program aims to provide excellent students with a broad range of research experiences and knowledge to promote them early on in their careers.

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Research Areas and Labs

Research projects will be offered in fields ranging from structural, computational, developmental, and cellular biology to molecular biology, biophysics, and neurobiology. You can indicate up to three of our research groups that you prefer to work with.

In 2022, the following labs will accept interns:

  • Herwig Baier (MPIN)
  • Elena Conti (MPIB)
  • Jürgen Cox (MPIB)
  • Thomas Frank (MPIN)
  • F.-Ulrich Hartl (MPIB)
  • Rüdiger Klein (MPIN)
  • Jörgen Kornfeld (MPIN)
  • Emilie Macé (MPIN)
  • Jürg Müller (MPIB)
  • Peter Murray (MPIB)
  • Petra Schwille (MPIB)
  • Kikue Tachibana (MPIB)
  • Wolfgang Zachariae (MPIB)

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Who can Apply?

The program intends to promote students early on in their careers. We welcome applications from bachelor (second year and onwards) and master students that have already gained some research experience during their studies.

Applicants need to be enrolled at university during the internship or have completed their degree in 2022. Please note that the program is highly competitive. Last year, for example, we accepted 17 candidates out of more than 4000 applications.

Although we do not want to discourage you from applying, we would like to assist you, in finding out whether you do have a realistic chance to get past the first round of selection. Hence, we recommend, briefly doing the self-assessment below.

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Self-assessment test

To help you to better assess your chances, please go through the questions below. To stand a realistic chance to get past the first round of selection, you should be able to answer all 7 questions with “Yes”. If this is not the case, it will be rather likely, that your application will not be competitive and will be rejected in the first round of selection. In that particular case, it might be smarter, to apply at a later time point, when you perhaps better fulfill the criteria.

  1.  Are you at least a second-year Bachelor’s student or higher OR are you currently enrolled in a Master’s program?
  2.  Do you have already some first research experience in a laboratory setting (such as lab rotations or summer internships)?
  3.  Are you in the top 10 %ile of your class or do you have a GPA equivalent of at least 3.7 out of 4 (USA), distinction level (UK), or 1.6 (Germany)? For other countries, equivalent scores would apply.
  4.  Will you be able to identify a referee (university professor or independent group leader), who knows you well and who will support you by submitting a meaningful and enthusiastic letter of recommendation?
  5.  Do you study at an internationally recognized university with an excellent reputation?  (A good indicator would be if your university is among the top 500 universities, World University Rankings 2022).
  6.  Was your academic training in English OR do you have an English certificate such as TOEFL or IELTS score report (minimal level TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5)?
  7.  Are you currently enrolled in a university for Bachelor’s or Master’s (or equivalent) studies and/or will you be enrolled during summer 2022?

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Funding and accomdation

This is a fully-funded internship program. Successful applicants will benefit from the following:

  • Free student accommodation
  • A stipend of approximately 800 Euro per month
  • Reimbursement of travel costs to and from Martinsried, near Munich

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Important Dates and Documents Required for Application

The application platform is open between January 1st and February 15th, 2022 (24:00 CET). Registration closes on February 10th. After your registration, you will be able to log in and upload your application files to the application platform. Our International Max Planck Research School, IMPRS-LS is hosting the platform.

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The following documents are required for your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF file, max. 1-2 pages)
  • Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate for all completed degrees (if applicable)
  • Temporary/provisional transcripts for degree programs, you are currently enrolled in
  • Document qualifying for university studies (typically high school degree, Abitur, Matura or equivalent)
  • Letter of recommendation of one referee (see information below)
  • Letter of motivation (will be typed into the application form directly, no upload
  • If an applicant’s academic training was not in English or German, a language certificate (such as IELTS or TOEFL) is highly recommended

All information needs to be submitted in English or German. Please provide a respective translation if the original transcripts are in a different language.

Upon submitting your complete application, you will receive an automatic confirmation email.

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Letter of recommendation

Applicants need to name and invite one referee through the online application platform. We recommend that you contact your referee before triggering the email invitation. Please keep in mind that applications lacking the letter of reference after the deadline for submission are incomplete and cannot be processed any further. Please ensure that the referee submits the letter of recommendation before the deadline.

You will receive an automatic confirmation email, once your referee uploads the letter of recommendation.

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Selection Process for Max Planck Summer Internship Program

The program committee will evaluate and select students based on their grades, research experience, CV, letter of motivation, and letter of reference. The committee aims to announce its decisions to the applicants by the end of March 2022.

The number of internships is limited. Host labs will interview pre-selected students interested in working in their labs via Skype, Zoom, or other means.

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How to Apply for Max Planck Summer Internship Program?

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