Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Spring/Summer 2018 Student Internship

Eight internships are available for BYU students at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany during the spring and summer (May – August) of 2018.

The Max Planck Institute is one of the premier research organizations in Europe. At the institute for Chemical Ecology you will have a chance to work with an international team of scientists engaged in high quality research related to plant-insect interactions. Information about research at the Institute for Chemical Ecology can be found on their website. BYU interns often make substantial contributions to the research effort that may lead to publication in scientific journals.

During the spring and summer 2018, students will be involved in MAGIC--a forward genetics approach to dissect ecologically functional phenotypic variation in Nicotiana attenuata.  Please review a description of the project to determine if you have interest in this type of research.

Students with an interest in chemistry, molecular biology, genetics or ecology may apply for the internship by submitting a résumé and a two page essay on how you will benefit from the internship opportunity. The deadline for submission of application materials is December 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by January 8, 2018. The internship includes a ~$950/month (800 euros) stipend to cover living expenses while in Germany but it DOES NOT include expenses for travel to and from Germany. Financial assistance for travel costs may be available from the College of Life Sciences upon enrollment in LfSci 399R and approval from the college internship office ( If you would like more information about the internship please contact Dr. Craig Coleman ( German speaking ability is not required for this internship.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

How to apply: Submit a resume and a two page essay describing how you will benefit from the internship opportunity.

Stipend: 800 euros (~$950)/month

Academic Credit: Earn credit by taking LifSci 399R and qualify for a grant to help with travel expenses.