AIMS - Six-month internships at Science of Intelligence

At the cluster of excellence “Science of Intelligence” (SCIoI) five internships are available for a duration of six months (February - July 2021)

About the internships

The fully funded scientific internships are aimed at students at the Master’s level who wish to gain research experience in a subject of their interest at a university in Berlin. The research experience is intended to increase chances of applying successfully to a doctoral program in the Global North as well as provide candidates with hands-on research experience in an interdisciplinary environment.

The internships are paid and include return flight tickets (economy class) to Berlin. The honorarium (1,500 EUR/month) will cover a substantial part of the cost of living for the duration of your stay in Berlin (accommodation, food, transportation, insurance etc.).

As an intern you will work in the lab of one of our principal investigators. You will take part in events and come into contact with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers across the cluster’s research groups.

During your stay you will not only get to know the lab of the faculty member you applied for but also participate in scientific soft-skill courses, career planning, training on graduate school applications as well as an introduction to the German academic system.

The working language at SCIoI is English. No German skills are required.

Internships are available in the labs of the following faculty members:

Marc Toussaint, Machine Learning and Robotics

Klaus Obermayer, Machine Learning

Guillermo Gallego, Computer Vision and Robotics

Olaf Hellwich, Computer Vision and Remote Sensing

Jörg Raisch, Control Theory

Alan Akbik, Natural Language Processing

Pawel Romanczuk, Collective Information Processing

Henning Sprekeler, Modelling of Cognitive Processes

Oliver Brock, Robotics and Computational Biology

How to apply

Required documents

(1) A letter of motivation (detailing your reasons for applying for the internship and lab you want to visit, your background and research interests; max. 1,000 words)

(2) Your academic CV (max. 2 pages)

In your CV, please make sure to include the following information:
– AIMS centre that you attended:
– Year
– Degree Programme(s) completed at AIMS:
If you are a current student, please indicate when you are scheduled to complete your programme at AIMS.

(3) Copies of your transcripts from your undergraduate (e.g. BSc) transcript to your most recent transcripts (e.g. Master’s). These do not need to be certified copies at this stage.

(4) Written confimation of your nomination for the internship

Please upload your application in ONE PDF file no larger than 7 MB (YourSurname_INTERN_2020.pdf) via our application tool.


In order to be eligible for this award you need to meet the basic eligibility criteria:

  • nomination by AIMS coordinator
  • completed or in the process of completing a Master’s or equivalent degree
  • excellent English skills
  • interest in interdisciplinary work and study
  • ability to work independently as part of a larger team

Most of all, you should be keen on working in a different academic environment, join social and cultural activities and engage in scientific discussions and events.

If you have any questions, please contact graduate coordinator Zarifa Mohamad