Summer internships

The Vienna Doctoral School in Physics invites especially gifted and highly motivated Bachelor and Master students to apply for summer internships at the University of Vienna.

You will

  • Be immersed in real world research with experts in their field
  • Get hands-on experience with cutting-edge lab equipment and technologies or
  • Solve challenging theoretical questions
  • Discover a unique combination of science and culture in one of the most livable cities of the world, Vienna.

You will be expected to

  • See yourself as part of a team and contribute to the project of your research group
  • Use the time to best advance your scientific and technical skills


The call for the summer internships 2023 will open in winter 2022

Eligibility criteria

If you are a Bachelor or Master student in physics or related disciplines at an internationally recognized higher education institution you are invited to apply. Before starting the internship in summer 2023 you must have completed at least the 2nd Bachelor year. Your placement in the group of your choice will be adapted to your qualifications.


1-3 months between 1 May and 31 October 2023. Exact dates and length are decided together with the host if a match is found.

Benefits (applicable to internships in presence only)

  • Subsistence costs (work contract with the University of Vienna)
  • For non-local students* additionally:
    • The expenses of your travel to and from Vienna will be (partially) reimbursed by the hosting research group
      • Up to EUR 500.00 for European students
      • Up to EUR 1200.00 for international students

*For students in mobility programmes (e.g. Erasmus), other rules may apply.

Application procedure

Please submit the following information via the online application form (not open yet!):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of academic grades / study records
  • A short Motivation Letter, why you want to work on the research topic of your choice
  • Names of two senior researchers (e.g. professors of your home university) who should send their letters not through the applicant but directly to

The application deadline for the VDSP Summer Internships 2023 will be announced at the start of the call.

For more information on the content and duration of the specific research project, please contact your host.

All applications are carefully reviewed. The competitive selection and matching with places will be monitored by a committee of the VDSP.

Successful applicants will receive further information about the specifics of the summer internship directly by their host.

Traineeship agreements

Since the University of Vienna is hosts to students from all over the world, please note that we can 
only sign traineeship agreements issued by the University of Vienna, and not verify all legal requirements of all other countries and institutions. Sample agreements can be found on this website.
They have for instance served well in the Erasmus exchange programme by the EU.

Covid-19 special regulations

At the time of the internship, special regulations for entering Austria might apply. Kindly inform yourself in time on the specific requirements. We cannot cover any costs for Covid-19 tests or quarantine that might become necessary for entering Austria. Benefits are issued exclusively for interns present in Vienna.