Non-member State summer students programme
Whenever I think about my experience at CERN, I can’t help but smile. I feel honoured to be able to immerse myself in this world where questions know no bounds, and everyone shares my deep passion for physics.- Riana Shaba, summer student 2023, from Albania
Well-trained scientists and engineers play a vital role in a nation’s economy. The Summer Student programme gives the next generation of scientists the chance to gain hands-on experience working on an advanced technical project in a scientific team at CERN. It provides students with a unique opportunity to work in a multicultural environment in one of the biggest global scientific laboratories.
Over a period of eight weeks, students from around the world will attend a series of specially prepared lectures, in which experts and scientists will share their knowledge about a wide range of topics in the fields of theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering, computing and technology. Visits to CERN facilities, as well as discussion sessions and workshops, are also key features of the programme.
With the Summer Student programme, CERN aims to train promising young students in STEM subjects, regardless of their gender, race, religion or background. Besides the scientific value of the programme, by providing students from all over the world with equal access to scientific education, CERN creates a space in which different cultures can come together in harmony, fostering discussion and understanding across borders.
By creating a diversity-friendly environment, CERN helps students to thrive in science. The benefits of the high-level training they receive are felt in turn by their home nations, as the students contribute to the scientific knowledge capital of their countries. Additionally, they return home with a range of valuable contacts to enlarge the network of potential future collaborators, contributing to international scientific and cultural diplomacy.
In 2022, CERN hosted 120 students from 59 countries around the globe, selected from among 1086 applicants. Since 2003, nearly 1600 students have participated in the programme. The programme also attracts students from various disciplines (physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, IT, etc.), which allows for greater variety within each cohort and promotes knowledge sharing.
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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NMSSS PROGRAMME IN THE INTERVIEW WITH THE PROJECT LEADER ANA DORDEVIC.