Industrial Internships

The industrial internship is an integral part of your Master cursus in Material Science and Engineering. The internship has several aims such as : the immersion of the student into the professional world, emphasizing the importance of team work, getting acquainted with a company’s processes and requirements expected from a professional engineer in materials Science and Engineering. The internship experience should test the student’s abilities and skills acquired at the EPFL.

Within the framework of the Master’s study plan, several forms of internships are possible :

  • Internships lasting between 2 and 6 months. It occurs in most of the company’s departments where the student’s knowledge can be profitable. Depending on the available time, the activity could have a more advanced objective, and should call for the skills acquired by the student during his cursus.
  • Master thesis in industry (PdMe) should be a personal and original work covering theoretical and practical aspects of an materials science project. The supervision by an EPFL professor is a guarantee of quality for the student as well as for the company, which remains nevertheless fully owner of the intellectual property of the result of the internship.

Procedure for students

In case of a 2-6 month internship::

  • Find an internship position and in case you have found it by yourself, without using the IS-A portal, have the subject validated by your section deputy.
  • Inform the STI coordinator that you have found your internship.
  • Cancel all ongoing applications by gently notifying the companies. This step is extremely important to keep a good relationship with future employers.
  • Transmit the EPFL internship agreement to the employer and have it filled out and signed by the employer and the section deputy of MX. The signing of the agreement is mandatory.
  • Transmit a copy of the agreement  to the secretariat of MX.
  • If you are a non-swiss/EU citizen, ask the company to request a work authorization for the duration of the internship. More information here.
  • Once all the details of your internship have been settled, enter or edit the details of your internship on the IS-A internship portal. Upload a copy of the signed internship agreement.
  • If your internship takes place during an academic semester, make sure to update your FRAC according to this table Inscription FRAC MX
  • At the end of the internship, fill out the evaluation report that will be sent to you by e-mail. The evaluation procedure starts 2 weeks prior to the official ending of the internship. Both the student and the supervisor will fill out an evaluation report.

In case of a master project in industry:

  • Find a master project in industry by contacting the professors of MX.
  • A master subject can also be found through the IS-A Internship portal. In this case, it is mandatory to find a professor willing to supervise you before you accept the offer from the company. Make sure to comply with the following directions: Coordinated Master Projects in Industry
  • Official starting dates for master projects in industry are listed here
    Other starting dates can be obtained on special request to your section.
  • All administrative details of your master project in industry have to be settled between the employer and the professor supervising your work. A special Master project agreement (link only accessible to Professors)  can be signed on request by the supervising professor or the partner company.
  • Once all the details of your Master project have been settled, register your project in your study plan.
  • Update your FRAC according to this table Inscription FRAC MX

FAQ for students


Information for students


EPFL Master project agreement (downloadable for teachers)


EPFL Internship agreement (Word editable)


Flyer of SMX internships

STI Internship Coordinator
Hind Klinke