Undergraduate Internship Program
Our internship program offers outstanding students in their last two years of undergraduate studies and recent graduates, an opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious research institutes in the world. The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPI AGE) is a leading scientific institute dedicated to ageing and age-related studies. MPI AGE’s mission is to unravel the aging process and age-related diseases through cutting edge research with the ultimate goal of extending healthy lifespan.
The summer internship 2021 application portal will open October 15th, 2020.
Through the program, students receive hands-on training in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology. Interns participate in basic laboratory research (bench work) and its applications. In addition, the students have an opportunity to attend seminars, lectures and workshops at the MPI AGE, CECAD and the University of Cologne.
The Max Planck Undergraduate Internship Program is designed to encourage talented students to pursue a career in biological research with focus on aging or age-related diseases.
Who can apply:
Our undergraduate program is highly competitive and selective. Students applying to the program must demonstrate academic rigor and experience working in the lab as well as stellar recommendations.
How to apply
You can apply by clicking on to the application portal. Here you can upload the required documents.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal statement, 200-350 words
- Copy of official transcript from current school
- Recommendation letter*
*The recommendation letter can be sent directly to the program head, Helen Antebi: helen.antebi(at)age.mpg.de
Deadlines and notifications
Application filing period: October 15st -December 15st
Notification period: January 15th – 30th
After the selection:
Once accepted in to the program, the interns have an opportunity to select three labs of their choice, of which, one desired lab is matched up. The participating labs for 2021 program are:
- Antebi | Molecular Genetics of Ageing
- Langer | Mitochondrial Proteostasis
- Demetriades | Cell Growth Control in Health and Age-related Disease
- Graef | Autophagy and Cellular Ageing
- Jachimowicz | Mechanisms of DNA Repair
- Panier | Genome Instability and Ageing
- Pernas | Metabolism of Infection
- Tessarz | Chromatin and Ageing
- Valenzano | Evolutionary and Experimental Biology of Ageing
- Deelen | Genetics and Biomarkers of Human Ageing
- Denzel | Metabolic and Genetic Regulation of Ageing
- Matic | ADP-ribosylation in DNA repair and ageing
Timeframe and length of the program
The duration of the program is about 12 weeks starting mid to end of May. The exact start and end date will be arranged with the individual PI’s.
Lectures and Seminars at MPI AGE and University of Cologne
During the program and throughout the year, the MPI AGE and its partner institutes offer numerous lecture and seminars from leading scientists in the field. The interns have an opportunity to interact with graduate students, postdocs and junior group leaders from the regional cluster of institutes and universities. The graduate seminars are also open to selected interns.
Certificate of Achievement
At the conclusion of their internship, each participant will submit a report summarizing their work at the MPI AGE. The participant, up on successful completion, will receive a certificate of participation from the Max Planck Society.
Excursions and Cultural Programs
There will be organized tours to regional landmarks and cities as well as cultural outings in Cologne/Bonn.
Salary, health insurance and pension
The participant will receive a salary between €2754 and €2205 for the duration of the internship (3 months) depending on their individual status within the German Social Security System. Health insurance is required when living and working in Germany. You have a few options:
- take out a travel insurance from Germany
- take out a travel insurance from your home country
- continue with your current insurance if it is covered overseas
You can check your status with our HR department in case you have additional questions.
Housing and travel costs
The internship does not cover housing or travel costs. Each student is responsible for his/her accommodation and travel arrangements. One room apartment in the city center and around the institute range between €600-€1000. You can also live in a shared space which can reduce the rent in half.
The following links provide housing options for short-term stay in Cologne:
Jugendherberge (German hostel site)
Just landed (English)
Medici Living (English)
City Wohnen (English)
The Local (English)
Studenten WG (Non-student options also available)
Xpat Rentals (English)
Anyone coming outside of the EU countries will need to apply for a work visa from the German Consulate or Embassy. Once you are accepted into the program and approved by ZAV (Federal Employment Agency), you can at this time, apply for a work visa. More information can be found on the website.
For specific questions about contracts, work permits and visas, please refer to our human resources department (hr(at)age.mpg.de) or the international office (aveith(at)age.mpg.de).