Education and training

CERN openlab is a structure designed to create knowledge through research, development, and evaluation of technologies. This knowledge is disseminated through a wide range of channels, from the publication of reports and articles, to the organisation of workshops and seminars at CERN. These events often feature lectures given by representatives of our collaborating companies, as well as hand-on practice with the latest ICT solutions.

Find the latest workshops and seminars in our events calendar.

CERN openlab summer-student programme

Each summer, CERN openlab runs a nine-week programme for bachelor’s and master’s students specialising in subjects related to computer science. These students come to CERN to work on cutting-edge projects with our collaborators, gaining hands-on experience with the latest ICT solutions.

CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The laboratory hosts ground-breaking experiments and is at the heart of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). It is an environment like no other, where dizzying ICT challenges abound!

By joining the CERN openlab summer-student programme, you will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced ICT solutions are used in high-energy physics. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures developed for the CERN openlab summer students, given by experts on advanced CERN-related topics. Included in the programme are also visits at the CERN facilities and experiments, as well as to other research laboratories and companies.


Join the summer-student programme and work hands on with
machine learning big-data analytics Internet of things code modernisation neural networks alternative computing architectures open-science platforms


The CERN openlab summer-student programme is much more than just a summer at CERN. It can lead to
follow-on projects in your home institute. It may even inspire you to become an entrepreneur in
cutting-edge computing technologies!

Are you a B.Sc. or M.Sc. student (who will have completed at least three years of full-time studies at university level by next spring) in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics — with a strong computing profile? Would you be interested in working on an advanced ICT project for nine weeks during the period
June-September 2019? If so, you should apply to the CERN openlab summer-student programme!

The application must be submitted here by mid-February 2019 (date will be confirmed when applications open in late 2018). The following documents should be included in the application: your CV, recommendation letter(s) by university supervisor(s), a motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work, and the university declaration for the current year. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Replies to applicants will be sent out in April/May 2019.

A stipend of 90 CHF per day during contractual dates (generally 61 days) is sponsored by CERN and the CERN openlab industrial members and should cover accommodation and living costs during the nine-week stay. Students are covered by the CERN health and accident insurance scheme, and are offered a travel allowance on a lump-sum basis.

The students participating in the programme work on projects related to specific topics, each with a dedicated CERN supervisor. At the end of their stay at CERN, the students produce a report and present their work in a short presentation in the CERN IT department. Reports on previous summer-student projects can be found here.