At CERN, in one single experiment, I can find more equipment and instrumentation than I could ever find back at home. I’m so happy to be here!
- Carmen Villalba, Summer Student 2018, from Venezuela

The Non-Member State Summer Student Programme represents a unique opportunity for students from around the world to spend their summer getting involved in some of the world’s biggest scientific experiments at CERN in Geneva.

For 8 weeks, summer students gather on-site at CERN and participate in the day-to-day work of research teams under the guidance of CERN staff. The Programme targets advanced undergraduate and early stage graduate students of physics, computing and engineering - particularly from developing countries. Participating students receive scientific training, attend lectures and work on laboratory-based projects alongside CERN experts and fellow students.

With the Non-Member State Summer Student Programme, CERN contributes significantly by training young students in STEM subjects. The students receive high-level training, and also interact with fellow scientists from various disciplines and backgrounds.

Since 2003, nearly 1’400 students have participated in the programme.