Internationales

MINTernship Program

To address the shortage of skilled labor in STEM (in German: MINT, i.e. mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, and technology), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) initiated the MINTernship program. As part of this program, KIT students can pursue research stays at selected partner universities and globally recognized research institutions in Europe and the United States. The aim of the program is to establish research exchange opportunities in English-speaking countries attractive for junior scientists. KIT students doing research at the partner universities are exempt from tuition fees. Their research stays are financed through grants.

 

Programs

News

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Research stay at UNCC

Dear Students,
 

Due to travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the research stay at UNCC will start remotely. As soon as entry into the U.S. is permitted again, on-campus participation will be resumed.
 

Thank you for your understanding!

Research Stay at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), United States


Overview

Overview
Type:

Research stay at a U.S. partner university

Main research: focus on energy research

Region:

Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)

Duration:

Six months (April to September)

Funding:

Travel expenses of € 1,300 + monthly grant of USD 1,700

Support and Supervision:

Support and supervision prior to and during the stay trough KIT's International Students Office and the University of North Carolina

Application:

Written application in October for the following summer semester

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. Located in the largest city of the state, the university is the ideal location for internationally competitive study and research programs. In addition, UNCC is particularly committed to the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte area.

Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

With over 75 faculty members working in energy-related disciplines, EPIC is quickly becoming a national leader in energy research and development. Offering seven Applied Research Clusters, EPIC interdisciplinary researchers collaborate with industry and use state-of-the-art laboratories to solve some of today’s most difficult challenges in the energy sector.

Research Projects

Every year, KIT students get the chance to take part in a research exchange with the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). The research projects are very diverse, but always cover areas of energy research. The program is aimed at students in the following degree programs with a focus on energy research: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, technical economics, energy, electrical or information technology, civil engineering, biological or chemical engineering. It is also possible to write a thesis as part of the MINTernship program. Exept for the mechanical engineering department (and energy technology), the research stays are recognized as compulsory internships.

Application Process

Application Process
Requirements:

You are enrolled at KIT and have studied at least four semesters before the start of your research mobility

You are enrolled in one of the following majors: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, energy, electrical engineering and information technology, civil engineering, biological or chemical engineering and process engineering with a clear focus on energy research

You are open-minded, communicative, and have a good command of the English language

Call for Application:

Call for application in October for a research exchange in the following summer semester

You can apply directly to an advertised research project or to the program in general

Application Documents:

Application Documents: CV, letter of motivation, study certificate, transcript of records, signed declaration of consent regarding the transfer of personal data

Please send your application documents in one PDF file by email to Ms. Constanze Kreutzer (minternshipQob8∂intl kit edu)

Applicant Selection:

Announcement of the successful candidates in December

Testimonies

Report (2019)
Research stay at EPIC of UNCC

Report (2018)
Research stay at EPIC of UNCC

Report (2017)
Research stay at EPIC of UNCC

Report (2016)
Research stay at EPIC of UNCC

Report (2015)
Research stay at EPIC of UNCC

 

Research Stay at CERN, Switzerland

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Overview

Overview
Type:

Research stay at CERN, one of the world's largest research facilities 

Region:

CERN, major research facility for particle physics near Geneva in Switzerland

Duration:

Minimum four months, maximum twelve months
Start date can be arranged flexibly with CERN

Funding:

Monthly grant of 3,319 SFr. (approx. € 3,125), travel expenses, health insurance (compulsory,will be automatically deducted from your allowance)

Support and Supervision:

Support in organizing the stay abroad by KIT's International Students Office

Application:

Call for application twice a year (March and October)

Applicants must apply at KIT as well as at CERN; the candidates are chosen by CERN.

CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was founded in 1954 as one of the first joint European projects. Today it consists of 23 member states and represents one of the world's largest and most renowned research centers for fundamental research in physics. This is where scientists search for the fundamental laws of the universe. CERN is located on the border between France and Switzerland near the Swiss city of Geneva.

Research Projects

Research projects are arranged individually with CERN after the application.

Application

Application
Requirements:

You are enrolled at KIT and have studied at least three semesters before the start of your research mobility

You are a citizen of a CERN member state

Your major is either computer science, robotics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics, process engineering, applied physics, or civil engineering

You have good to very good knowledge of English OR French

Call for Application:

Calls for application twice a year (March and October)

Application Documents:

Application documents: CV, letter of motivation, study certificate, transcript of records.

Application letters and CV must be submitted in English. Documents in German, such as certificates, do not need to be translated

Application:

Applicants must apply at KIT as well as at CERN; the candidates are chosen by CERN

Please register here as a technical student and upload your application documents: https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/CERN/tech 

Subsequently, please send your application documents as one PDF file to KIT: cern-programmHvn8∂intl kit edu

Testimonies

 

 

Sponsors

The MINTernship program is sponsored by the following organizations:

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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