DKFZ Summer Internship in Cancer Research

There will be no Summer Internship Program in 2019!

If you are interested in doing an internship at the DKFZ, you can organize this on your own by getting in contact with group heads.

There is no application form for this, you can contact the group heads directly, e.g. by e-mail with your CV and a cover letter including the time when you would be interested in doing an internship.


The DKFZ Summer Internship is an 8-week program for outstanding and ambitious master's students who are interested in research in the areas of basic, computational and translational cancer research as well as epidemiology and economics of cancer care.

Students of the Summer Internship spend two months working in a division or research group 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.

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. Please note: There will be no DKFZ Summer Internship in 2019.

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.

DKFZ Summer Internship 2018

DKFZ Summer Internship 2017

DKFZ Summer Internship 2016

DKFZ Summer Internship 2015

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