MDC Graduate School
Head of Graduate School
Dr. Michaela Herzig
Phone: +49 30 9406 4243
Graduate School Coordinator
Dr. Sanja Drakulic
Phone: +49 30 9406 4254
Phone: +49 30 9406 4256
At the MDC, all pre-doctoral students, i.e. students of bachelor, master, MD or equivalent studies, are considered undergraduates. They are working as interns, conducting their summer research projects, or most often, working on their bachelor or master thesis projects. Even if you simply want to broaden your research experience, learn a new technique or improve some of your skills, you are welcome to apply for an internship at the MDC.
Research at the MDC is diverse and highly interdisciplinary, with broad thematic orientation, and collaborative projects that provide insights into many different aspects of life and disease. Therefore, undergraduates of all disciplines of natural sciences, including biology, biotechnology, molecular medicine, to chemistry, physics or mathematics, as well as computer science and engineering, are invited and welcome to carry out their internship, as well as bachelor or master research, in .
The first task is to identify the research groups and projects of interest. Please browse the and, after selecting your favourite topic or project, contact the Group Leader(s) of interest directly.
In your application letter, you should present yourself and your background, and explain why you would like to join the particular working group.
Your application letter should include:
The MDC does not have a central program for internship funding, however, some of the research groups do have funds available for this. This should be discussed with each group leader individually. Some universities, local governments, or funding organizations and agencies (e.g. Erasmus, DAAD) also provide financial support to visiting young researchers. You can browse through databases of funding organizations, such as those available on information platform.
If you would like to continue your research career as an MDC PhD student, there are several possibilities to become a part of the MDC International PhD program:
As a part of the Erasmus+ agreement between the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU) and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU), students of the KNU have the opportunity to carry out their Master thesis research at the MDC.
KNU conducts an internal selection of candidates who can then find a suitable research project within one of the MDC research groups, mentored by a HU-affiliated MDC Group Leader. Selection process is finalised in mid-May. Duration of the program is typically five months.
, the EU Erasmus+ Program, coordinated by the Sapienza University in Rome and Noopolis Foundation, selects MSc students from Italian universities to perform a six-month internship abroad. The students should have a background in biology, chemistry, pharmacy and/or biotechnology and are preselected by the coordinator of the program. Typically, the fellowship is awarded to 8-10 out of 150 candidates per year.
The DAAD has initiated the , whereby undergraduate students from North America and UK can stay in Germany for a three-month internship, hosted by a university or a research institute.
The most interesting part of this initiative is that the research projects and the shortlisting process are managed exclusively by the PhD students from the host institution. This gives them the opportunity to submit a proposal for a short project that would be beneficial for their PhD research, as well as the possibility to gain the experience in selecting and supervising an undergraduate student.
The undergraduate students that are eligible for this program have a background in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field, and have completed at least the first two years of their program by the time of the internship start.
For internship opportunities, please browse the
For general inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the MDC Graduate School Office:
MDC Graduate School Office
Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Robert-Rössle Strasse 10
Phone: +49 30 9406 4256