High-School Students Internship Programme

1st High-School Student Internship Programme at CERN, Hungarian Students
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The High-School Students Internship Programme – HSSIP - invites students aged 16-19 to CERN to gain practical experience in science, technology, and innovation. Over the course of 2 weeks, students will discover CERN, its technologies and physics, strengthen their understanding of science alongside members of the CERN personnel, and enrich their skillset in a high-tech laboratory with many opportunities for multicultural interactions.

The HSSIP is designed as an additional tool for science education worldwide to complement and strengthen theoretical education in high schools around the world.

Our ambition is:

  • to bring students from an early age closer to scientific thinking and research work;
  • to give students a taste of real working life and daily routine in a big scientific laboratory;
  • to help students gain hands-on experience in science; and
  • to give students an insight into the wide spectrum of career opportunities in science-related fields.


They experienced the daily work of a scientist, they participated in shifts and they enjoyed it a lot! It was such a great experience, that after their dinner, they asked that they continue and kept on working till late at night!
- Nora Szathmari, accompanying teacher, HSSIP-Hungary


First steps

There are five programmes per year, each one welcoming students from the same country, and held in the national language of the country concerned.

The programme started in 2017, with students coming from 5 Member States of CERN: Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Norway and Portugal. In 2018, 118 students from Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, Sweden and Netherlands were welcomed at CERN, and many more will visit us in the following months.
For the students, it has been ‘An amazing experience!', 'A once in a lifetime event!', and 'An opportunity for significant learning!'

Learn more about the High-School Student Internship Programme.