COMPASS - Condensed Matter Internship Program at MPI for Solid State Research

The application call for the Internship Program opens soon!

August 22, 2023

The Max Planck Society recognizes the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.  For this reason the Presidential Commission on Opportunities of the Max Planck Society funds a total of 13 projects which address the topics of inclusive leadership, external review of organizational processes, and programs for the promotion of scientific talent from the global South.

One of these commendable projects is the COndensed Matter Internship Program @ Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research (COMP@SS). The primary objective of this program is to give talented undergraduate students with a background in condensed matter science from the global South the opportunity to conduct scientific projects at our world renowned research institute.

The program is designed to foster inclusion, diversity, equity and access to excellent scientific facilities. We will give preference to applications submitted by students living in least-income countries which are currently underrepresented in our research community.

The Stuttgart Campus - Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and University of Stuttgart - hosts an extraordinary array of research groups with a wide spectrum of expertise in fundamental condensed matter science.

During the internship, students will work on research projects under the supervision of experienced scientists. In addition to gaining work experience, interns will have the chance to connect with other researchers on campus.


Internships are open for students who:

  • hold a bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics or materials science
  • and have not finished their master studies and have not started a PhD study by the time of the internship
  • have a background in a field relevant to the proposed projects (see below)
  • have a good command of the English language


Application procedure

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Please submit your application as single pdf file named NAME_Firstname.pdf. This file should contain the following documents (in the given order):

  • a cover letter describing your motivation for applying to the program, state the project number/s to which you are applying to, and explain why. (max. 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Transcripts from all your university studies (if no official English translation is available from your university, please provide one yourself in the first instance), and degree certificates (if available)
  • Proof of English language skills (test or short statement)
  • Name and email address of a referee (e.g. your university professor)

Please make sure to have these documents ready as one merged pdf file. If you would like to submit further documents, please add them to the same pdf file at the end.

For more information please read our FAQ pages.

Available projects

You find our list with projects you can apply to here


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