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 1’600 students have participated in the programme.

Discover more about last year NMSSS Programme in the interview with the Project Leader Ana Đorđević.