International Affairs

MINTernship Program

The MINTernship Program

To address the shortage of skilled labor in STEM (MINT in German) subjects, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) initiated the MINTernship program. As part of the program, students and doctoral candidates from selected partner universities can pursue internships of up to six-months at KIT. In addition, the program offers research internships funded by scholarships at partner universities abroad. The aim of the program is to establish exchange and internship programs in English-speaking countries attractive for junior scientists. 



Research internship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany

Duration: Depending on the program specifications of the partner university

Monthly financial support (scholarship)

Support and Supervision:

Support and supervision prior to and during the stay through KIT's International Students Office


Call and application process to pursue a research internship at KIT take place via the partner universities



Dear Students,

at this time of global uncertainty due to COVID-19, you may be wondering whether the MINTernship program is running as usual. Unfortunately, we do not have binding information on the format of our program, yet. We will be updating this page with new information as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association". As the only German university of excellence with large-scale national research, KIT offers students, researchers and employees unique learning, teaching and working conditions. Today, over 9,000 people are employed at KIT, more than half of are working as researchers on a broad disciplinary basis in the engineering, economic, humanities and social sciences. The KIT is one of the largest scientific institutions in Europe.

Cooperating faculties and institutes at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology:

Application Process

The call and the application process for grants to pursue a research internship at KIT take place via the partner universities.

Support and Supervision at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prior to and during their stay, the research interns receive intensive support from the International Students Office at KIT. For example, students can expect help regarding visa application, accommodation in Karlsruhe and enrolling at KIT. During the entire stay, the program participants are supported by a student mentor. There is also the possibility to attend a German language course for beginners. Scientific supervision is provided by an assigned supervisor at the institute.


Every academic year, the International Students Office at KIT organizes a Begleitprogramm for research interns. The participants of the MINTernship program have the opportunity to get to know Karlsruhe and the surrounding area better. Due to the COVID-19, the accompanying program will unfortunately have to be canceled in 2020. The future program will be published here.


Erfahrungsbericht 2020 (Alexandra Nunn)
Meet Alexandra Nunn, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from January 2020 to December 2020 as research intern at the Institute of Nanotechnology.

"In conclusion, I would strongly recommend an internship at the KIT to anyone interested. The support offered by the International Students’ Office is exemplary and the researchers, generally, tend to be very understanding of novice student researchers. Furthermore, the travel in Europe is superb. Altogether, an internship at the KIT makes for an unforgettable, life-changing experience."
Alexandra Nunn

Report 2020 (Tongtong Fu)
Meet Tongtong Fu, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from January 2020 to September 2020 as research intern at the Institute of Nanotechnology.

Erfahrungsbericht 2020 (Daisy Agrawal)
Meet Daisy Agrawal, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from September 2019 to May 2020 as research intern at the Institute of Nanotechnology.

"Overall, my experience at KIT and in Germany was one that I will never forget. It helped me become stronger, well-versed, more in-touch with culture and I gained many valuable lessons as well as a solid academic experience with a wide variety of skills. It taught me how to deal with hardships, improved my problem-solving skills and helped me become more resourceful and adaptive to me surroundings."
Daisy Agrawal

Report 2020 (Muhammad Saleem Najib)
Meet Muhammad Saleem Najib, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from September 2019 to May 2020 as research intern at the Institute of Nanotechnology.

“Based on my experience at KIT, I highly recommend other students at my university and other international students to consider KIT and the MINTernship program for their international internship. I gained valuable academic and international experience and thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Germany.”
Muhammad Saleem Najib  

Report 2020 (Yijing Feng)
Meet Yijing Feng, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from September 2019 to April 2020 as research intern at the Institute of Electrical Engineering.

Report 2018 (Jocelyn van Leeuwen)
Meet Jocelyn van Leeuwen, a student at University of Waterloo, who worked from May 2018 to August 2018 as research intern at the Light Technology Institute.

Report 2017 (Mutah Musa)
Meet Mutah Musa, a PhD Student at Queensland University of Technology, who worked from October 2017 to February 2018 as research intern at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Report 2017 (James Freeman)
Meet James Freeman, a student at University of North Carolina, who worked from May 2017 to July 2017 as research intern at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.



The MINTernship Program is sponsored by the following organizations:















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