Applying for a Summer Student position

The summer student program is the most competitive program offered by CERN. Each year, CERN gets around 3000 applications from students all over the world and only 260-300 lucky ones get into the program. But don’t be discouraged! I believe that if I, with no experience in experimental research whatsoever, managed to get into the program, so can you. ☺

Summer student application - detailed look at two items

In this article, we will take an in-depth look at two items you will be asked fill out in your summer student application: “elaborate briefly your experience of the chosen domain(s)” and “give details of any interest in specific topics or CERN experiments.”

Motivation letter

The motivation letter is probably one of the most important parts of your (CERN) application, alongside your work experience. Lack of experience can indeed be compensated for through a very good motivation letter – as it was in my case. ☺

Tips on writing a CV

Even though in your CERN application you will write about all your experience (in detail), your CV is an important part of the application. Many think that a CV gives away a lot about the person, so take your time and make sure that your CV is perfect.

A small guideline for students coming to CERN

Note: This article has been written in a collaboration with a member of CERN HR Talent Acquisition team, Ana Dordevic.

You did it! Congratulations on your CERN position! I am so happy you get to be a part of this amazing, diverse community of incredible people.