Summer internships at MPIA
The MPIA offers up to four positions for internships every year to bright bachelor and master students who desire to acquire hand-on experience of research and instrument development in astronomy, or wish to fullfil their degree's requirement.
The institute proposes students to work full-time for two to three months. Travel costs are supported and a salary is offered (about 1000€/month, or 820€/month net with full social benefits), as necessary. The internship typically takes place during the summer (between May and September) but not necessarily. Assistance will be provided to seek accomodations as close as possible to the institute or the city centre–which is not easy in such a touristic city as Heidelberg.
The researchers at the MPIA work on a variety of topics from exoplanet search and characterisation, the census of the Solar neighbourhood, to the study of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, and the detection of the most distant quasars. Some work on the analysis of observational material obtained from the X rays to the millimeter wavelength, as well as massive whole-sky surveys, while others develop new simulation codes of star and planet formation to cosmology, and yet others develop the instruments for the largest telescopes such as the LBT or the E-ELT or the most specific and requiring usage. The working language is English.
The breeding of future young researchers is an important mission of the institute, with at any time 20 Bachelor and Master students, and 50 to 60 Ph.D. students. Many of the latter joined through the IMPRS.
A (partial) list of topics is presented in the Miniforschung page (partly in German) and in the Master and Bachelor project page. General information about studying at MPIA can be found in the Students' pages. The activities and staff of the two departments are presented in the Planet and Star formation and the Galaxies and Cosmology pages. Lab work on the development of new instruments may also be proposed.
Any dates of visits are possible through-out the year, so do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you'd like to do your internship at a different period. In all cases it is important to contact us as soon as possible in order to organise supervision, funding, and accomodations. Our International Office will do its best to help you.
The city of Heidelberg
Heidelberg is a friendly city of 150,000 inhabitants and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The harmonious ensemble of castle, Old Town and river nestled in the hills of the Odenwald already inspired poets and painters of Romanticism and today still fascinates millions of visitors from all over the world.
It was mostly spared during the Second World War but the castle partly bear witness of the 9-year war of the late XVIIth century. It is a university town, with 28,000 students enrolled at the Ruperto Carola university, the oldest German university funded in 1386 and one of the top German universities, with 1000 PhD defended every year and 130 nationalities represented. Nearby attractions include the larger cities of Stuttgart and Frankfurt, historical places such as the Schwetzingen and Mannheim Palaces and natural sites such as the Odenwald forest.
Application and selection procedure
The dead-line for submission for an internship in 2019 is January 15.
Note that we favour students with a significant previous research experience, hence generally 3rd and 4th year bachelor and master students. For non-EU citizens, visa constraints do not allow us to invite 1st and 2nd year students, and the bachelor students need to be formally enrolled at their university until the end of the internship.
For a description of the application process, please refer to Application page. The program is competitive and preference will be given to students with some research experience (for instance in their own university). For any special request, for instance to start an internship before April of next year, contact the coordinator Dr. Bertram Bitsch.