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27 March 2016

Spain Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate Students in Life Sciences

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4th Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate Students

Description of the Programme

The Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) launches the 4th Summer Internship Program to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct summer research at the CRG. The goal of the program is to encourage students, from any nationality, in the pursuit of a scientific career and to introduce them to an international laboratory experience. 

A maximum of 8 internship positions will be awarded in 2016.

The programme runs from June 1st to October 31, 2016, and is open to undergraduate students of any nationality who are in their final two years of studies in the Life Sciences or related subjects (e.g. Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Chemistry). The student will be working under the supervision of a group leader or a senior member of the research group.

Eligibility criteria

    • Undergraduates with an excellent academic record and a strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research (prior lab experience is highly recommended)

    • Two full years (4 semesters) of college course work completed by the time the internship commences

    • Candidates may not have received an undergraduate degree at the time of the internship (Summer 2016)

    • Candidates may not have previously obtained a “CRG Summer Internship”

    • High level of English

          Positions will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the student’s academic records and the motivation & reference letter(s). Each student will be matched with a specific laboratory based on the student’s interest and background.


          The summer training will consist of 320 working hours (40 hours/ week), distributed over the summer period - (8 weeks) between June 1 and October 31, 2016. The internship start date is left to the discretion of the researchers and the students. The intensive nature of the program requires a full-time commitment from the participant. Students are required to participate in all scheduled activities.

          Application Process

          Applications for the CRG Summer Internship Program are accepted exclusively online through our online application system. Candidates must prepare their online application in English.

          The application will include the following information:

            • The registration form duly completed

            • Your most recent academic transcript, which should include the title of the courses you have completed thus far and the grades you received.

            • Description of your interest for life sciences research, what you hope to gain through your participation in the CRG Summer Internship Program, your vision of what the summer internship will benefit you on a personal and academic level, and the reasons behind your choice.

            • One reference letter. Once you have completed the name and contact details of the referee(s) on the online application system, the referee(s) will receive an automatic email and will be invited to send the reference letter via email to the following You will be notified by email each time a new reference letter is received for your file.

            • Candidates are encouraged to contact the Group Leader of their choice before submitting the aplication.

            All the information must be submitted by the application deadline. Applications received after April 18, 2016  will not be considered.

             Online Application Form


            • Non - residents in the Barcelona area by the time of application.

                • 600€/month

                • 1 return ticket to the student’s place of residence

                • Meal vouchers for the 8-week period

              • Residents in the Barcelona area by the time of application

                  • 250€/month

                  • Meal vouchers for the 8-week period

                From this stipend, students are responsible for their own housing. If the student’s university does not provide medical insurance, the CRG will provide medical and accident insurance for the trainig period.

                Participation in the Summer Internship Program does not imply any contractual relationship between the beneficiary and the CRG.  If the student, for any reason, voluntarily withdraws or interrupts the program, any unduly received payments must be returned.

                Hands-on Workshops & Reporting

                To complement the internship, the students will be provided with hands-on workshops, they will be required to present the results of their research in front of the other summer students in a special session, and finally, they will have to prepare a final report at the end of the internship period.

                Participating Research Groups

                For this call, the CRG Research Groups & Core Facilities that have expressed interest in hosting a student are:

                Supervisor Research Area
                Ben Lehner Genetic Systems
                Fyodor Kondrashov Evolutionary Genomics
                Jerome Solon Biomechanics of Morphogenesis
                Manuel Mendoza Coordination of Cytokinesis with Chromosome Segregation
                Mara Dierssen Cellular & Systems Neurobiology
                Sebastian Maurer Cytoskeleton dependent RNA distribution mechanisms
                Toni Gabaldón Comparative Genomics

                Call calendar 2016 selection round

                Call opening March 4, 2016
                Call deadline April 18, 2016
                Pre-selection of candidates April 19-25, 2016
                Notification to candidates April 29 ,2016
                Early start date of internships June 1, 2016
                End date of internships October 31, 2016


                For any additional information, please contact:

                Imma Falero

                Academic Officer

                Centre de Regulació Genòmica

                Dr. Aiguader, 88

                PRBB Building

                08003 Barcelona



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