DKFZ Summer Internship in Cancer Research


The DKFZ Summer Internship is an 8-week program for outstanding and ambitious master's students who are interested in gaining laboratory research experience.

Students of the Summer Internship spend two months working in a laboratory at the DKFZ where they participate in cutting-edge, cancer-related research and interact with leading scientists in the field as well as with fellow students from around the world.

During their internship, students take part in the Internship Core Course which includes professional skills courses about topics related to scientific presenting and communication, and scientific seminars about recent research at the DKFZ. In addition, students are connected with scientists at the DKFZ and are invited to join outings and events in and around Heidelberg.

Application Deadline for the DKFZ Summer Internship 2019:

  • 1st March 2019

Application is possible via our Online Application System

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the DKFZ Summer Internship you must be working towards a master's degree and be able to provide proof that you are enrolled in a university for the full duration of the internship (i.e. until the end of September). If you already hold a master's degree, unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for the Internship. You should be ambitious, hardworking and have a desire to gain more research experience.

You must be able to take part in the full internship, which takes place from 1st August - 30th September.

How to Apply

We particularly encourage applications from international students. Applications for the DKFZ Summer Internship should be submitted in English through our Summer Internship Online Application System. The system opens in December of each year. The application deadline is 1st March of each year.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide electronic copies (PDF format) of the following documents (in English):

  • university registration certificate that confirms your status as a student for the full duration of the internship
  • university transcript of records
  • high school certificate(s)

In addition, you will be asked to provide a letter of support from your university supervisor/advisor.

Should you be shortlisted for the second round of review, you will have the chance to select from a list of Summer Internship projects. To find out more about the research groups at the DKFZ please have a look here. Not all groups submit a Summer Internship project each year, so it might be an idea to email those you are interested in working with to ask whether they will submit a project for the upcoming Summer Internship or not.

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