Previous Rounds

2019

Seven students participated in the Summer Internship 2019 in Epigenetics here at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich. The students spent eight weeks on campus, in the labs and at various scientific seminars and events during their internship.

They also had the opportunity to present their own research findings to their group leaders, lab colleagues and mentors and discuss these with their fellow interns.

We wish all of them all the best for their future careers and hope they learnt a lot in their internship, gained valuable insights and - last but not least – that they enjoyed their summer here in Munich!

The groups and institutes participating in the 2019 programme are as follows: Till Bartke (IFE), Stephan Hamperl (IES), Matthias Heinig (ICB), Kurt Schmoller (IFE), Robert Schneider (IFE), Antonio Scialdone (ICB and IES) and Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla (IES)

2018

Now a regular event in the Helmholtz Zentrum München calendar, the 2018 Summer Internship Program in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells recently hosted 6 summer internship students for 8 week research projects in the fields of epigenetics, cellular plasticity or stem cell research.

With the continued aim of attracting the brightest young talents from all over the world to Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Internship Program was advertised internationally and received over 300 applications from individuals in 21 different countries. The six selected internship students came from The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Greece, and Romania, and worked on cutting edge projects ranging from computational modelling and machine learning, to embryonic development, imaging and molecular approaches.
The internship students participated in lab meetings, retreats, seminars and group activities within their host teams, and presented their data to researchers at HMGU in an afternoon of short-talks. As is the aim of the program, internship students were fully incorporated in to the life and activities of the epigenetics @HMGU community during their research stay, enabling ample opportunities for interactions and enriching scientific discussions. “The research is of high quality and there are lots of opportunities to exchange ideas or collaborate with other research groups” said Roan van Scheppingen, who conducted his internship in the lab of Maria Elena Torres-Padilla at the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, “As a student you are appreciated as much as anyone else. Opinions are valued and everyone is willing to help or to listen to suggestions or questions.”
The annual Summer Internship Program in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells is a truly collaborative effort between the Epigenetics and Stem Cells Office and the centers administrative teams. “We are delighted with the continued success of the Summer Internship Program since its launch in 2016. The application numbers show the high interest in this innovative field of research and in the international Internship Program we offer within our teams” says Astrid Lunkes, head of the Epigenetics and Stem Cells Management and Strategy Office. “Together with the upcoming launch of the Helmholtz Research School for Epigenetics, the Summer Internship Program is an integral part of our training program in which future leaders can launch their scientific career” she added.

2017

After a successful pilot in 2016, the Summer Internship Programme in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells ran again in the summer of 2017.  Seven teams from the 3 campus sites of Helmholtz Zentrum München each welcomed a summer internship student for an 8 week research project in the fields of epigenetics, cellular plasticity or stem cell research.

With the continued aim of attracting the brightest young talents from all over the world to Helmholtz Zentrum München, the internship programme was advertised internationally and received applications from individuals in 22 different countries and of 24 nationalities. The seven selected internship students came from France, Hungary, Poland, Iran, Vietnam, The Netherlands and Mexico, and worked on cutting edge projects ranging from computational modelling and machine learning, to embryonic development, imaging and molecular approaches.

The internship students participated in lab meetings, retreats, seminars and group activities within their host teams, and presented their data to researchers at HMGU in an afternoon of short-talks. Internship students were fully incorporated in to the life and activities of the epigenetics @HMGU community during their research stay, enabling ample opportunities for interactions and enriching scientific discussions. “The constant mutual assistance among the members of my host laboratory created a particularly favorable atmosphere to learn and to produce top-level work” said Mathilde Hoffmann, who performed her internship in Dirk Eick’s lab at the Research Unit Molecular Epigenetics.  “I also really liked the convivial events like the summer barbecue, at which I met many interesting people who shared their experience with me and gave me advice”.

This year’s internship programme, as in the pilot year, was a truly collaborative effort between the Epigenetics and Stem Cells Office and the centers administrative teams. “With two great programmes already complete, we are excited to see the Summer Internship Programme in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells as a regular event on the calendar” says Astrid Lunkes, head of the Epigenetics and Stem Cells Management and Strategy Office. “We are very motivated to continue developing a framework in which future leaders can thrive: Securing the training and education of basic research scientists, who will be central to the scientific advancements of the future” she added.

The groups and institutes participating in the 2017 programme are as follows; Dirk Eick (MEG); Matthias Heinig, Maria Colome-Tatche and Carsten Marr (ICB; joint project); Irmela Jeremias (AHS); Heiko Lickert (IDR); Robert Schneider (IFE); Fabian Theis (ICB) and Maria Elena Torres-Padilla (IES).

Pilot round: 2016

The summer of 2016 has seen the launch of the pilot Summer Internship Programme in Epigenetics, Cellular Plasticity and Stem Cells.  Nine institutes at Helmholtz Zentrum München, including 7 members of the epigenetics@ HMGU community participated in the international programme, each welcoming a summer internship student for an 8 week research project.  Encouraged to explore their projects in great depth, the internship students participated in lab meetings, retreats and seminars with their host labs across the summer. They also presented their data and discussed their research aims with researchers at HMGU in an afternoon of short-talks.

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