Internships at Max Planck Institutes in Computer Science

The Max Planck Institutes for Informatics (Saarbruecken), Software Systems (Saarbruecken and Kaiserslautern), and Security and Privacy (Bochum) offer research internships in all areas of Computer Science.

An internship at a Max Planck Institute is a way to pursue world-class research in computer science! Our internships are also an excellent way to explore research or  new research areas for the first time.

Internships are open to exceptional Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral students worldwide, as well as exceptional individuals from industry interested in gaining academic research experience in computer science. Intern positions are limited and admissions are very competitive

We welcome interns all year round, but most interns prefer the summer months. Every intern works directly with an assigned faculty mentor at one of the participating institutes. Internship projects are based on the intern’s academic interests, maturity and prior experience.

All interns receive a monthly stipend, free (shared) housing, and travel to- and from- the institute hosting the internship. A typical internship lasts 12 to 14 weeks, but longer internships are possible.

Application Deadlines for Summer Internships:

  • Early Deadline: 31 December (for internships starting in May or June)
  • Late Deadline: 31 January (for internships starting in July or August)

For an internship starting at any other time, please apply at least 4 months before your intended started date. 

More information can be obtained at

We understand that travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may prevent interns from traveling to host institutes right now. In such a case, the intern and the mentor may agree mutually to complete the internship remotely. The intern will still be paid the monthly stipend.

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