Applicants must be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada, the UK or Ireland as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field); must be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement; must be able to prove that you will maintain undergraduate status after the internship has taken place. Mastery of German is not required as the working language is typically English, but some facility in German can ease day-to-day life outside of the lab.
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline:Late November RISE Deadline:Mid-December (Letters of recommendation due a week later)
The RISE opportunity pairs the undergraduate applicant with a doctoral student at a specific German research institution, pursuing a research project coinciding with the applicant’s research interests. The internship is a three-month summer placement, and includes a monthly stipend, health/accident/personal liability insurance, and travel expenses to the three-day RISE meeting in Heidelberg. International travel is not included.
How Do I Apply?
Students apply online, first exploring the listing of internship openings. The applicant can apply to up to three of these opportunities. For each, the student submits a cover letter/”motivation letter,” a current resume, transcript (along with a list of courses in which currently enrolled), and formal verification of enrollment.
Cover letter describing the student’s “fit” with each of the selected internship opportunities.
What happens after I submit an application?
Applicants are typically notified of a “successful match” with an internship opening in early March.