Max Planck Summer Internship

Max Planck Summer Internship

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 and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.

The program will allow you to become familiar with different scientific approaches and laboratory methods. The aim of our internship program is to provide excellent students with a broad range of research experiences and knowledge to promote them early on in their career.

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 2021, the following labs will accept interns:

  • Herwig Baier (MPIN)
  • Wolfgang Baumeister (MPIB)
  • Elena Conti (MPIB)
  • Jürgen Cox (MPIB)
  • Karl Duderstadt (MPIB)
  • Reinhard Fässler (MPIB)
  • Thomas Frank (MPIN)
  • Oliver Griesbeck (MPIN)
  • F.-Ulrich Hartl (MPIB)
  • Amelie Heuer-Jungemann (MPIB)
  • Emilie Macé (MPIN)
  • Matthias Mann (MPIB)
  • Jürg Müller (MPIB)
  • Peter Murray (MPIB)
  • Danny Nedialkova (MPIB)
  • Petra Schwille (MPIB)

For more information on these and other research labs, please visit
research groups of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (MPIN) and
research groups of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB).

Please do not contact any lab heads directly. If you have questions not answered on this website, please get in touch with the MaxSIP team via email: .

Who can apply?

We invite excellent and enthusiastic students with top grades from all countries to apply. Training should be in Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Neuroscience and related fields.
The program intends to promote students early on in their career. 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 2021. Please note that the program is highly competitive.

Funding and accomodation

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

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

Application and dates

The application platform is open between January 1st and February 15th 2021 (24:00 CET). Registration closes on February 12th. After your registration, you will be able to log in and to upload your application files at the application platform.
Our International Max Planck Research School, IMPRS-LS is hosting the platform.

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 need to be submitted in English or German. Please provide a respective translation if original transcripts are in a different language.

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

Letter of recommendation

Applicants need to name and invite one referee through the online application platform. We recommend that you personally 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.

Length and timing

The internship is a full-time immersion for up to ten weeks. It takes place between mid-June to end-September. Within this framework, the starting date and duration of the internship is determined by mutual agreement between the host lab and the student.

Selection process

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 their decisions to the applicants by the end of March 2021.

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

Social activities

During your internship, you will be a full member of the institutes with the ability to join numerous social activities such as lab parties, hikes, sports groups, PhD activities, the institutes’ summer parties, in-house lectures and much more.

About the institutes

The LinkMax Planck Institute of Biochemistry and the LinkMax Planck Institute of Neurobiology are located door-to-door at the life science campus Martinsried. The working language at both institutes is English.
The LinkCampus Martinsried lies at the outskirts of LinkMunich, not far away from the Bavarian Alps.

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