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MPC International Summer Internship Program

This internship program is managed through the Max Planck-uOttawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. These internships give the opportunity to outstanding uOttawa, FAU and TUM/LMU bachelor and master’s students to work in a photonics laboratory in a world-class research institution. This experience will expose you to a highly productive research environment, it will give you the opportunity to create a network of like-minded researchers, all while gaining real-world experience with cutting-edge research methods and infrastructure. Below, we provide more details on the application process and the internships.

Summer/Fall 2024 - Destination Ottawa

This announcement and the following information are only for FAU and TUM/LMU students traveling to Ottawa, Canada. The application process for students based in Ottawa travelling to Germany is now closed.


  • Opened exclusively to registered students at FAU and TUM/LMU.
  • Bachelor’s students must have completed at least two years of their program.
  • Masters students near the beginning of their degree will be prioritised.
  • Internships start and end dates are flexible but should be at least 4 weeks.

Application package

Your application package must include, in PDF format, the following.
  • An up-to date CV highlighting your research interests and experience
  • A motivation letter clearly outlining the kind of research that interests you, which MPC group(s) you think would be the best match for your interests, and why. You must identify at least one group. You can find a list of all MPC groups here. You should also include your preferred start and end dates.
  • A copy of your latest academic transcripts. These do not have to be official transcripts.
  • (Optional) A reference letter from an academic supervisor. This letter would highlight your excellence as a student and/or researcher, and confirm that you are a good candidate for a research-intensive internship.
  • Please send all documents by email to

Application process

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis until the application period closes on May 2, 2024.

Financial support

Travel costs between Germany and Canada, and local accommodations will be covered by the MPC. Additional financial support may be available and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.