Max Planck Internships

Single one-term internships are available annually to Dartmouth students at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Martinsried (near Munich).

About the program

Candidates are selected jointly by the Departments of Biology and German Studies. They normally have at least junior standing and a good background in biology and chemistry. A minimum of one lab course each in Chemistry and Biology is required, as are at least two introductory German language classes (German 1 and 2).

Interns conduct significant research, both within a team and also on their own. In several cases, students have returned to the institutes for post-graduate work with support from a Fulbright Fellowship.

A stipend covers living expenses, and the Institute arranges housing. The internships are usually offered in the spring, although other terms are possible.


A minimum of one lab course each in chemistry and biology is required, as well as at least two introductory German language courses (German 1 and 2). 

Application information

The application deadline is November 15 of the preceding calendar year. Forms are available online and in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and German Studies. The required documents include a cover form, a 2-3 page written proposal, and two faculty recommendations. Finalists will be interviewed.

Please note that the program in neurobiology at Martinsried is currently unable to offer internships in the following fields: Genes-Circuits-Behaviors, Circuits of Spatial Hearing, and Cortical Column in Silico. Dartmouth Students may currently apply to work in any of the other departments or programs at the MPI Martinsried.